MAD Punty's 1st Anniversary Challenge GAW

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  1. MAD Punty

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    Well, it's almost that time, my one year membership to this forum, so it's time for a celebration, MAD PUNTY STYLE!

    I am throwing down the gauntlet to my fellow bushcrafters here. To qualify for the giveaway, you must complete the following steps;

    1. Craft a sling staff.
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    2. Post pictures of your progress in your sling staff, including any commentary regarding your problems and successes

    3. Acquire an appropriate selection of fruits and vegetables...they don't have to be fresh, old moldy refrigerator creatures will work just fine. This is a good time to clean out your fridge, folks.

    4. Build or acquire an appropriate target. This is at your discretion, but anything that results in legal or civil complaints will disqualify you, so perhaps people or police cruisers are not a good choice of target. Be sure that your target will allow you to complete the other steps.

    5. Use your sling staff to make a fruit and vegetable salad with your target. Just fruits, and just vegetables are fine, but you must include at least 3 ingredients in your salad. Your only utensils for making the salad must be your sling staff and your target.

    6. When done processing your fruits and vegetables, salvage what you can and put your salad in a bowl, with an appropriate, pretty garnish, and maybe a fork or something, with a nice place setting. Make it as pretty as you can.

    7. Post pictures and/or video of you meeting this challenge. You don't have to eat your salad, but bonus points if you do.

    What do you win? Nothing earth shattering, but a very nice box of tinder.

    Here is the tinder you will win;

    I will strip this log of as much birch bark as I can and put it into a box and send it to you;
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    Also, I have found a fresh chaga that I will be harvesting this fall;
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    Which means I have far too much chaga to hoard for myself, so I will include a fair bit of chaga in the box as well, say, 12 to 15 good chunks. This will not be from the one in the picture, but from my stash that I currently have, cut roughly into cubes about an inch wide.

    This contest will run until the Friday after Labor Day, to give everyone time to make their staff and their salad, and for me to harvest the birch bark.

    All are free to participate, even if they don't want the prize.

    Let's get a-slinging!

    UPDATE: Due to a death in the family, I have had to cancel this month's trip north. In order to gather the GAW materials, I will be extending this challenge to September 9th
     
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  2. M.Hatfield

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    You have the MOST creative GAW ideas! :dblthumb: :18: :18: :dblthumb:

    I am going outside right this second to see if I have a potential 'staff like' piece of wood around. :cool:
     
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    Step one, I have found THE stick:

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    It is about 40-ish inches long. Even has a built in notch of sorts right where my finger is. :dblthumb:
     
  4. MAD Punty

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    The Art of Absurdity. It' just a good excuse to have fun and laugh at and with one another.
     
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    Agreed. @MAD Punty GAWs are next level.
     
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    Sling staff? Sling staff? What the neck is a sling staff?
    Research to do. Salad to make. Chaga to get :)

    Great GAW!
     
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    Can we sling the leftover Peeps from Easter?
     
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    This looks like far to much fun to pass up! I'm in. I've got just the right stick and target in mind. @MAD Punty :dblthumb::dblthumb::dblthumb::18::18::18::18:
    Victor
     
  9. buckfynn

    buckfynn Old Geezer Lifetime Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Not in but I got to try making one these.
     
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    I’m not in on the GAW... But I am definitely in on the project! Neat project idea!
     
  11. Kenneth

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    Uh oh, something tells me that I am about to get into trouble with my better half, she gets a monthly mystery fruit and vegetables box.

    GOD Bless you and your families

    Kenneth
     
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    Haha!! Very cool! You have the most creative GAWs, Punty! I have some serious safety calculating to do but we will probably get in on the fun too, just not in for the prize. Looking forward to the always awesome entries!!
     
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    :18: :18: :18:

    This is gonna be fun!
    Sadly any time I have will be utilized for BC Intermediate but I'll definitely be cheering everyone on from the side lines.

    :dblthumb:
     
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    Not Elfquest. That would be Wendy and Richard Pini. Was a big fan back in the 80's. Still have the four volumes of the Starblaze editions.

    Picture above says Elmore.

     
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    That would be Dragonlance the books By Weis and Hickman, then later D&D
     
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    That makes sense, I read that series decades ago.
     
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    yeah, me too. I once had a cat named after Tass.....so it stuck in my mind....
     
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    Ok now I know I am such a bushcraft geek (if there is such a thing) I saw the pictures and I was thinking "ok, I wonder what she is carrying in her pouches and knapsack".

    I have been to Houston museum of natural science once and as I was checking out the primitive man section I found something miss labeled, it was a bone awl that was called something else, sorry I forget what it was labeled but I knew that item also.

    I went to the link and the guy made a real nice piece of work with alot of effort and hours put into it. I was thinking wouldn't it just be easier to go into the woods and find a branch that you could craft?

    I am such a bushcraft geek. :p

    GOD Bless you and your family

    Kenneth
     
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    Weekend is coming up! Good time to get started on your sling staves, everyone!

    (Cheap bump for the giveaway:D)
     
  22. bacpacjac

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    Hey @MAD Punty, are there any size restrictions on our sling staves? Must they be walking stick sized or would atlatl sized be ok?
     
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    Whatever works.

    I think traditionally they were to the shoulders, but individuality and creativity are always encouraged. :D

    I'm not sure a small sling staff would be easier or not, but that's what experimentation is for.:dblthumb:
     
  24. CowboyJesus

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    off to something of a start-this is something i've been wanting to try anyways to give another use for my walking stick!

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    i had been wanting to try this walking stick plus a hank of paracord i've been carrying together for a thing.

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    modified sheepshank knot in the middle of the cord

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    with a constrictor knot to fasten on one end, and a bowline on the other to hook over the rod at the end of my staff (it's threaded so i can use it as a camera monopod, or give me something i can use holding up a grommet on a tarp-and now it's got another use).

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    boom! staff sling works! my cord was way longer than needed, but otherwise it was ok. i mean, that pouch needs tweaking from time to time, but it's at least proof of concept. it was amazing how easy it was to throw that thing FAR! we'll see if i keep with this idea-it might be worth seeing how easily i can modify an existing sling to do this. more ideas.......

    not sure if i'll try the next steps of this with this "sling" or one of my others...but i couldn't find them before we headed out today. @MAD Punty thanks for the push to finally get out there and try this! if i can find time (and veggies) i'll try to get out there for the next steps!
     
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    That's fantastic! Looks great.

    Hope you didn't lose that baseball....lol. Make sure that's not the "Baby Ruth" signed one.:D
     
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    UPDATE: Due to a death in the family, I have had to cancel this month's trip north. In order to gather the GAW materials, I will be extending this challenge to September 9th

    Thanks for condolences in advance. this is not an unexpected passing. It's been a matter of time for several months now, and she had a long life. This marks the end of much suffering for her.
     
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    Sorry to hear about that my friend.
     
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    Sory for your loss. Expecting it doesn't make it any easier to deal with.
     
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    Prayers sent for you and your family.
    Victor
     
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    Sorry for your Lost Prayers being sent out for your family. Prov 27:17
     
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    It's not a sling staff, @MAD Punty, but you've inspired us. The Young Roughians decided to make sling shots. :)

    Adventure Girl Abby and Adventure Boy Dylan and I went hunting for Y-branches in Friday.

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    We forgot the Ranger bands we made at home, so our mock-ups used the elastic bands I used to wrap up my GI poncho in my pack. These elastics were not a very good plan but they did get the wheels turning.

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    When we got home, we found our Ranger bands and my hubby and a couple of the kiddo's moms volunteered to help. Who can resist a sling shot?! ;) Modifications were made.

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    They seriously got into it. LOL!

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    TA-DAH!!

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    We couldn't agree on whether tomatoes are a fruit or a veggie but we think they meet Mad Punty's criteria for ammo.

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    Targets hadn't been made yet but it was time for some test firing. More modifications are being made now. THIS IS SO MUCH FUN!!!

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    I'm so sorry for your loss, @MAD Punty. Smoke and prayers being sent. :(
     
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    Never knew candy bars could sign their names :rolleyes::18:
     
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    My condolences to you. Take care of yourself.
     
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    Sorry for your loss. Even if it is not unexpected, it sucks
     
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    Just got home from Maine, so I apologize for not responding quicker. I've got some pics and a box of birch bark, which is still in the car.
     
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    Reference from The Sandlot movie.....I'm probably dating myself...lol.
     
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    I caught it! :4: Just couldn't resist.:rolleyes:
     
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    I think I have enough birch bark to send both @CowboyJesus and @bacpacjac . I will include a few chunks of chaga as well.

    Thanks for participating and sharing the pictures everyone!

    PM me where you would like the birch and chaga sent, and I'll get it in the mail to you.:dblthumb:
     
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    Is it over? I was looking forward to seeing flying fruit! :(

    Thank you so much for the offer, @MAD Punty, but we were just playing for fun. I don't think Birch bark will get over the border. I wonder, though, if you'd mind sending it to @Staleym instead? His grandaughter Ruby is an eager bushcraft student. I've been collecting Birch bark for her too and it might be cool for her to try different kinds from different places. :D


    Thank you again for such a fun idea, @MAD Punty!!
     

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