Millersylvania Time! Jan.12-14th Seattle/ Portland GTG

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    Wanted to, but I will be having a PET scan that weekend. Camping would be cheaper.
     
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    I'll get down there yet! On the bucket list for this year.
     
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    I just looked at the video That @BigDaddyHoss posted on the big friction fire set up. Wow! this is going to be very cool. I can bring one Doug fir pole that is about 5-6 inches diameter and about 10 feet long if that helps. Do we have something to use for a spindle? I have a very dry piece of cedar that is about 5 inches in diameter and 10 feet long:

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    I've had it out in my shed for carving, but it could be used as a spindle if needed. Might be too big though.

    Really looking forward to this gathering.
     
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    Also, I was thinking about the possibility of making that big friction drill frame with one or both of the uprights being a tree rather than two poles set in the ground. Might be more steady. Maybe there is a suitable tree or two on site...
     
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    Bump for a less than a week away.
     
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    Am new to the bushcraft scene, but not new to the outdoors. Would love to attend, but due to work schedule would be able to come Saturday morning.
     
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    Sounds great and we would enjoy meeting you.
     
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    Looking forward to it, I guess I have a four day weekend, so looks like I’ll be able to show up Friday. Is there anything else I should bring aside from a dish to share for the potluck and and armload of firewood?
     
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    Or perhaps 1" or larger webbing? Though webbing typically has a lower abrasion resistance...
     
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    Any wood carvers or treen machines coming that want some fairly green Locust wood? The local park is getting ride of quite a few, I could grab some rounds or branches up before they run it all through a giant wood chipper.

    I believe it is Honey Locust... not sure on the ID. I will update when I am more sure. It matches everything about the Honey Locust, with out the thorns though... I will keep digging in my books tomorrow.

    Thanks,

    Jarrod
     
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    I have some black locust but it is dry and thus hard as nails now.
     
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    I'll take a round. It's gonna be some hardwood tho... I may not be able to get a spoon out of it, but I'll give it a try :)
    I assume that it is the thornless variety of honeylocust as it is in a park, which is typical.

    I'll be there on Saturday early and staying for the whole day. Looking forward the monster bow drill!

    Thanks!
    Jason
     
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    Thanks @ArmyMacE, If there is a piece that would work for that Otzi axe handle, I'd love it, like about 2 foot straight handle with a good 90 degree branch. about 2 inches or so in diameter. That would be some good solid stuff for a handle, I think. I'd try some for whittling. I think it it pretty hard isn't it?

    I'm planning to be there Friday probably mid day for the weekend. The weather looks pretty decent for January: Cloudy and mid 50's - 30's F. Chance of rain on Sunday.

    @Duncsquatch , I don't have any webbing like you suggest, maybe someone else does.
     
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    I have some it is about an inch and a half wide and can hold 4000 lbs...
     
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    "G'bye honey, I'm off to go camping for the weekend with some nice people I met on the internet....":)
     
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    Looking forward to a couple nights in the tent :) Hoping to be up early afternoon Friday.
     
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    I'll be there friday. The honey locust sounds awesome! Rounds or branches, either will be good.
     
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    I can't say how webbing would work on a large scale, but I have found that it causes problems with a regular sized bow drill set. (33 seconds into this video)



    One of the issues is that the flat shape tends to rub on itself and cause a lot of friction. With a normal sized set, you can counter this somewhat by tilting the bow, but that would be tough to accomplish with a group as you would have to have one side on their knees and the other side standing.

    We might be able to twist the webbing into round cordage if we need to, similar to what you see at 1:07 in this video; but I think a strong rope would still be a better choice.

     
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    Love your videos @NWPrimate ! I was thinking webbing might have the issue of laying on it's own edges and binding a bit. I will still plan to bring a retired climbing rope, but if anyone has anything that would work better or they want to try, they should.

    I suppose making a thicker line by braiding Paracord might be a good field practice. As in, how would you do this task with what you normally have in the field?

    If anyone has a big old time three strand manila rope ( like 1 inch) that would probably be ideal. Knowing this group thought, those have probably all been cut to pieces in rope slice knife tests...
     
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    So I am about 90% sure this is One variety of Honey Locust...

    They are on the green side... just cut down yesterday, a few are getting cut down today. With the added rain I think they will hold for the wood carvers. Not good for firewood though.


    It has some nice coloring, and they are all healthy. They are being removed to enlarge the Public Parks parking lot... I think trees are better. Not more asphalt.



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    This is all I was able to save from the wood chipper today. There is about 8 more coming down. So hopefully there is a few nice handles and a couple rounds big enough for any of you that carve bowls.

    Thanks,

    Jarrod
     
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    I am looking forward to seeing everyone again. We plan to be down on Saturday morning.
     
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    Anyone else touching up their blades? KIMG1281.jpg
    I just got this from another forumite on the trade blanket. I haven't got to use it yet. It is a thick beast, not my usual style but you can't have too many. KIMG1274.jpg
    KIMG1285.jpg
     
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    Just finishing up two LT Wrights and a GB Broadaxe, lots of whittlin expected!
     
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    My schedule has freed up so I'm planning on attending for the day on Saturday.

    I can bring some firewood for the fire. Is there anything else I can contribute?
     
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    I just went back and read the first post. I'll bring a dish.
     
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    IMG_1549.JPG Sasquatch bow drill kit check!
     
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    Just updated the first post with some exciting news. Puget Sound Knapper members will be joining us and putting on a class for us to learn the awesome skill set of flint knapping! :dblthumb:Happy day
     
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    I am very sorry to say that I won't be joining you guys this weekend. Some unforeseen circumstances and poor planning on my part mean that I'm going to be stuck at home. I was really looking forward to getting back together with the group , meeting some new people, and watching my son interact with the kids, so I'm pretty bummed. :(

    I had a great time at the last one, and am sure that this one will be just as awesome. I hate the idea of missing the sasquatch bow drill and flint knapping classes, but I'll look forward to seeing you all at the next one.

    I am also looking forward to seeing the meet report for this one, and hope you guys remember to take lots of photos. I would love to see footage of the mega drill in action if someone is able to shoot video.

    My apologies to @BigDaddyHoss and the rest of the crew for the last minute cancellation. I hope everyone has a great weekend. :)
     
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    This is great my knapping could really use some expert advice. I can get an arrowhead but there is still too much luck involved. These are my best so far. KIMG0530.jpg KIMG0359.jpg KIMG0368.jpg
     
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    Hey @NWPrimate -. We're going to miss you! Look for a plume of smoke to the South from the Sasquatch drill!

    Next time, friend.

    Nice work @Duncsquatch. I'll bring my knapping tools too. And gloves and eye protection.
     
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    Sorry folks, I need to sit this one out. Been real sick, and we are currently down by one car. Plus I have to fly out on Sunday.
     
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    excuses, excuses.... gonna miss ya brother!
     
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    @aaronu and @NWPrimate you guys know the rules. You dont show up the rest of us sit around the fire and talk about those who aren't present.
     
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    What time is appropriate to show up today?
     
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    not looking forward to the pass at 5:30 ish tonight...
     
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    Park opens at 8AM, don't know when others will show up but I plan on arriving around noon.
     
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    Packing and loading the truck up now.... why did did I not pack sooner!

    Hopefully the pass is drivable....

    Tracker knives check.

    Bacon check.

    Canteen check.

    Honey Locust for the wood carvers check.

    Still need everything else!
     
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    Planning to arrive around 5-6pm.

    Bringing some homemade Biltong for people to try, as well a some lemon balm tea that I grew.
     
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    You’re not the only one that hasn’t packed lol luckily it’s about a 20min drive for me, got off work early yesterday so no excuses for not packing
     
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    Safe travels everybody. Packing up now. How can it take so much stuff to live simply to one weekend??
     
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    Ditto, packing up and should be on site about 1pm.
     
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    Will be by for part of the day tomorrow with the little munchkin! Be great to see you all!
     
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    So I think I’m the first one here...
     
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    I left my house about 8:30 this morning, hoping we'll make it before 4 but it looks like we might be setting the tent up in the dark tonight.
     
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    I'll be there around 7:30 pm Friday
     
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    Fire just isn't the same when @cockeyedhunter avoids us the first night.
     
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    Make that 9:30...
     
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