Discussion in 'Fire' started by Badey, Jul 10, 2016.
I'm supposed to be packing up for the move...
I haven't played in a while.
I don't know why, but I tend to prefer making small curls.
I started putting my knife into my chopping log and it is way easier to get curls than it is free hand. My boys got me this buck 119 for Father's day and I believe the wood is some type of maple.
Been raining too much this summer for dirt time. Did play around a couple weeks ago
Doing some wet weather practice.
Damp (a little bit, not soaked though), punky maple.
I've been doing some reprofiling of a Gerber Epic it's not a great knife. But my efforts are starting to pay off the main drawback is the uncomfortableness of the grip for longer tasks. It's fine for just pull out cut some rope and maybe slice some cheese or whatever but that's about it. The Paracord wrap helps somewhat but my hands are a bit too large for this small grip to be comfortable. It does throw good sparks though.
Decided to check how sharp my neglected hatchet is these days:
Nice "Tenacious D" reference.
Working on reprofiling the trail hawk, progress just a little uneven in my file work for accurate shavings. Also I found out I need to take off the little sharp points of the hammer pole it digs into my palm when the blade is taken off the handle to scrape with.
Don't mind me, just shaving some sticks. Just watching some idiot box.
The knife was made by @benjionamission
I think it's rained every day for the past month.
No matter, it still burns.
It has at my house, everything is starting to mold...
I did some cedar bark shavings and Cottonwood fluff with my Hawk today. The Cottonwood Fluff Poofs so fast you have to use a lot of it for it to be useful.
I still need to work on my skills but give me time. I used to be a start it with a can of gas kind of guy
Good job with those shavings and nice hat. Get serious, get Hoyt!
Thanks and did a little more practice over the weekend. Tried the knife in stump method just to mix it up some.
Still got a ways to go to catch the others on here but getting better.
Nice work @Back Off . You probably already know this, but the piece of wood that you choose to start with makes a huge difference. I mention this because it appears to be a lot of wavy grain in the piece you were working with, which makes things a lot harder.
A few minutes picking out the right piece can save a lot of frustration. It doesn't have to be perfect though. If you can find a piece of wood or even a stick with 8-12 inches of straight consistent grain, you'll probably find it a lot easier and see an immediate improvement in your results.
I hope you'll keep posting your practice here.
I kind of went with what I took to the prom so to speak. All there is at the folks cabin is some old Willow thats half rotted in the middle. Its just kind of fun working with different woods and I agree with you on that wood selection 100%. I will keep at it as its kind of fun to do hanging around the fire.
@Back Off , I had much better results just by switching to a softer wood such as pine and cedar.
The seasoned hardwoods I was using did not produce the results I had hoped for...
I have not posted on the forum in a while. I've been on a Rubik's cube binge for the last few weeks. My best solve time is 3 minutes 9 seconds. The world record is 4.73 seconds. Yes that's right, under 5 seconds, not a typo!
Here are a couple of quicky ones between solves.
I'm impressed with your time of 3 minutes 9 seconds @City Bushcrafter! I got one when they came out in the early 80s and never solved it. No idea whatever happened to it but I lost interest quickly. Nice curls too!
Cool little knife too!
Thank you! I find myself using it more and more...I need to get a sheath for it.
Thanks Pab1. I had one when I was a kid as well and could only solve 1 side. I went to my brother-in-law's birthday party a few weeks ago, and it being an 80's themed party, they had little Rubik cubes as decoration on the table. I played around with one and this resparked the interest.
I never get tired of looking at your feathersticks @NWPrimate!
@MrFixIt, for some reason looking at those curls made me want to eat some kettle cooked potato chips!
It might have something to do with that bottle cap...
Showing off again! @NWPrimate
Not go hit by photobucket yet???
Yes sir! I'm still a big believer in the power of little tiny curls.
It looks like I was spared. I already had enough photos there that I had to pay a small fee to host them before all of this happened, and apparently being a paying customer got me out of the ridiculous $400/year extortion scheme that they pulled on everybody else.
Birthday knife try out. Wasn't sure if I would like it but so far so good.
My preferred method of using a Ferro rod awl anchored and pull back on the rod.
The wifey gave me an afternoon off from packing...
Eastern red cedar and fatwood action shots
That is some good lookin' fatwood you got there @Robert Y !
Found a nice sharp shard of stone from breaking up rocks to use with my striker. Decided to see if I could get it to make some curls. Sure enough I could. They're very small as the sharp was a bit bigger than my pinky nail, and they are pretty rough. But they are definitely curls lol