Discussion in 'General Bushcraft Discussion' started by One Legged Josh, Aug 17, 2011.
Gonna play around with this little neck knife today at lunch... Gotta do something for an hour..
Dang, those look good!
That’s cool! I like the shell case stem. I’m surprised somebody didn’t get their undies in a bind over the spent shell.
Guess JROTC gets a bye!
Lol I think he got a pass since he is a former student, former cadet,and he's 21. But on the flip side I think if Autumn wore one there would have been something said.
It was definitely thinking outside the box with the spent shell. They try to go to the range twice a month for a date so she collects 3 shells from each gun they try to tape onto the target as a memento.
I was in ROTC but only for a semester during my 1 year of college. Back then I’ll bet cadets could have worn live round bandoliers and no one would have batted an eye!
Battening down the hatches and prepping for possible tornadoes right now. Prepare for the worse and hope for the best.....
Arrrgh... nobody needs that ! Hope all goes well...
Is that one of those $7 mtech knifes from Amazon? I picked 2 of those puppies up a while ago. They're surprisingly not terrible for what they are.
I cleared out some brush to make another hammock spot in my back yard. I also might have finished up my fire pit. I kind of want to add in a grill for it but that may come in the future.
None of this could have been done without the help from my awesome little helper! She's a champ!
I did a little forging while my baby back ribs were smoking....
Worst of it was some heavy hail which went south of us. Today I spent time practicing with para-cord knots/wraps. I still have lots to learn.
No outlines, no plans, just carving by the seat of my pants. Kuksa carving for the first time. Spoon gouged out the hole and roughed out the blank with my hatchet. The cedar seems a bit chippy, so I have to be careful.
Looking back in january..
first run at feather stick with red cedar and a Mora 511..
feather sticks of today, hardwood with a $8 knife and a 2" blade.. practice makes a huge difference...
I cleared brush, cut trees, widened the driveway and burned tops on my new property today. I just found out there is 4g Internet out here. Not sure how I feel about that!
Finally finished up a "bushcraft bathroom"... Well, not really. But when my daughter still lived here, it was all penguins... Now that she's out on her own, it's "woodsy".
fwiw, that hand towel says "We interrupt this marriage to bring you Deer Season". The curtain hooks are alternating foxes and raccoons... and yes, those are deer antlers on the bottom shelf.
I started working on my kuksa yesterday morning and noticed this crack. It runs through the bowl. Is it shot or can that be repaired somehow?
Busy weekend with my youngest daughter graduating high school, but still managed to rough out a couple of blades [one for the bladescrounger build/swap and a bull cutter for a buddy] and carve on a rock for my Aunts birthday.
Sorry will, but it looks like your cedar wasn't dry enough for carving. You could pry open the crack and put epoxy in it, but epoxy will soften in hot liquids. Besides that, I can see another crack starting. I suggjest starting over with a dry piece of wood, and cedar really isn't a good choice for that type project.
Worked on the pond and discovered why it is constantly full of algae. Since my hose walked onto the work truck i confiscated some scrap yard copper to make a drain pipe system
Replaced the AC condenser on my 2010 Escape. Thank goodness for shops that do tool loans. If I had to purchase a vacuum pump and guage set I wouldn't have been able to do the job in a cost effective way.
Also thank goodness for professionals who make "how to" YouTube videos. Just like following a recipe.
Not really bushcrafty, but the fam is taking the first camping trip of the season this weekend and it would have been a pretty miserable drive without AC.
Now that the little one has gone to sleep, I'm getting ready for bedtime reading later. So many threads to catch up on and I'm only on the first part of page on of the "Recent Updates"! I apologize for starting a thread and abandoning it, and liking but not commenting, but y'all are doing some great stuff and I don't want to miss any of it it!
Pretty good day, tended to the garden [serranos are looking good], tossed some of my mower blade throwers [need to keep practicing], carved on a rock for my brothers birthday [high school symbol], and cooked a nice meal on the grill [fire started by flint and steel no less.] Life good.
i need to know more about those throwers! that was something i considered once, but it got tossed so far to the back burner that i think it fell behind the stove!
Made these a few months ago but just started playing around with them. Old lawn mower blade, tempered back so they'll bend instead instead of snap if I have a bad throw [and I have lots of them.] Next time I'll make a matched set of three about 14 inches long. I think that will help with my learning curve. Still a lot of fun though.
bacpacgirl caught some sort of plague on the weekend, so we spent yesterday on the couch, and are doing the same today. The boys were itching to do some crafting so we started tackling some of my wish list items. They did the machined stuff and I'm working on sanding and finishing.
A handsaw, made from broken one and a DIY Maple axe handle that didn't work out. (We are getting closer though, @CampCowan!) A sheath for this is also on my list.
And a new hobo fishing reel has been started from an old Pine walking stick. I need to do some carving and lots more sanding.
Started out our Memorial day hiking up Short Mt. with my daughters and a friend. It was a little on the warm side, but we had a great time.
Wanted to get fully healed after a long ruck on Thursday so didn't get to go out this weekend unfortunately. But worked on rearranging pack set ups, got overnight pack set up and ready to go, day pack loaded up ready to go. Spreadsheets of packing list and pack contents. Made about 25 emergency fire tinders (Vaseline cotton balls inside straws.) Also made up some individual salt and pepper straws. Also made a candle holder from tinfoil for tea lights. Folds flat, unfolds to help reflect the light and direct it.
The girl has been sick since Saturday at dinner time and, will miss tomorrow at school too, but..... finally... a cup of tea was in order before bedtime tonight. I, personally, need something stronger for night four. UGH!
Yeah, that's brave! Cedar splinters like crazy. I've gotten so frustrated over ruining a few spoons in the past.
I decided to continue with the kuksa…
At this point I tore the cup in half at the crack, wood glued it and electrical taped it back together...
I worked on it some more today and then mineral oiled it to see how it was coming along. I can't see the crack where I repaired it on the outside. I still have some more material removal to do on the inside and out, so I imagine the repaired crack won't be visible after all that. Not perfect. Actually kind of rough looking, but I'm happy.
I finished this up yesterday afternoon. I started working on it Wednesday. It took a couple hours the past 3 days and I knocked it out. I'm going to apply a second coat of Tung oil today and try and work on a sheath.
Knocked together this bench out of scrap I had laying about, Good for sittin' n whittlin' n spittin' n sippin'.
Way too nice for the Liars Bench...
I promised Abby yesterday that we'd get a new bigger tin to old all of our sparky rocks, and I always keep my promises. I saw this on the weekend and thankfully it was still at the second hand store today. Whadda ya think, Cousin @DavidJAFO?
I picked up a new book while I was there too.
Way to go Cousin @bacpacjac OK who ate all the shortbread? LOL great minds think alike eh? I was reading your thread & coincidentally I thought about a similar sized Walkers (brand) shortbread tin I saw in the tourist shop. Was that Carter Adventure Boy (image 1) giving us a wee size comparison using Lego & a toy car? I'm sure you'll be looking for another similar sized tin in the near future, to store all them NEW sparky rocks the Adventure Kiddo's keep finding. AWESOME collection BTW.
hahaha! The toys were Carter's addition! He wasn't sure about moving the rocks at first, but he seemed happy once we had them all in one box again. He wasn't happy, though, when I took the box of not sparky rocks and dumped it in the garden so we can start filling it up again. He, Bella and I are going to go to try to find some more today.
Cousin @bacpacjac take the box of non sparky rocks to the beach & allow Carter to dispose of them in his own unique way.
Brilliant idea!! We're just loading up to go and snacks are packed. Have a great day, my friends!
@bacpacjac A few stones kicked from along the river Avon South Lanarkshire (Scotland) at low spate. These have a very distinct aroma very much like Dragon's blood (iron pyrites) they have an iron rust outer layer, inner more black flint/chert content. They are very similar to Wiltshire iron stone & do shew AWESOME sparks. *I am unsure if these are native to Scotland or were brought in as ballast/drainage purposes? Oh yeah Walkers Scots French (the Auld Alliance) shortbread have a nom nom.. day.
Prepping some deer steaks
And picking some blackberries.
A nice little haul of leather scraps and a few other goodies from my cousin. Gotta' love free stuff.
Finished the kuksa...for now. Comfortably holds 1 cup of fluid.
That looks great @WILL !
Spent the morning exercising and working outdoors in the garden(s). This afternoon has been spent trying to find boxes large enough for the next batch of 'sharps' I plan to sell. Also found time to practice more with paracord knots.
It was a perfect day to get outdoors though!
Been struggling lately with eating habits, though I've been getting out to walk often.
Last week I saw some potential firepit fuel, so after a long and tiring weekend helping family, I took some time after work to harvest some nice twigs and sticks:
Today, after a short mile walk with a friend, I spent another 20 minutes in the office parking lot going from the above to this:
Nice and tidy and ready to feed my fire or my little twig stove
I had a day off yesterday, and planned to go for a solo hike, but my hubby decided to take the day off too and we got way off track running errands. We detoured to Canadian Tire, though, and picked up some new fishing stuff. I got a glass float and some new little spinners. Later, but before the kiddos got home from school, I pulled out my hobo fishing kit, added my new goodies, and did a little carving on the reel he made me last week.
It's not beautiful, but it's getting there.
Bella was a little under the weather yesterday, and it was raining, so when she asked if we could go on adventure, I improvised. I grabbed three old walking sticks from the garage and whipped up a tripod. Wrapped up in a couple of wool blankets, it made the perfect sized living room tipi for her. She liked helping with the wrapping, and then had so much fun in it that she fell asleep in it at nap time.
Just love this!! Good for you bacpacjac!
Tuesday I played with my firebox (G5) twig stove.
Created some shavings from a little resiny branch with my great new knife from @CivilizationDropout
Practiced my fire starting skills with my terrific new ferro rod.
then did a bit of cooking -
Got to eat a lovely pair of fried eggs and some re-constituted mac and cheese