Sunday, November 21, 2010
After heat treatment.
Rough sanded and finish ground.
The scales and firesteel stuff to fill out the set.
All epoxied and viced up.
The scales profiled to fit.
Rough shaped scales.
Refined a bit on the belt sander.
And things all finished up...
Time to make a sheath... :)
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I got out on Saturday and before my coughing, tired lungs shut me down, I had a great time. Check it and enjoy...
I was specifically, out to accomplish the three elements of the planetbushcraft.com fire challenge. You can view the forum thread here These were my responses... and yes I know I used some of the footage from these in the other vid. :)
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Ohio is as muted as is gets for colors this year... at least in the central part of the state.
I took the car and drove down to deer creek because there is so much water I figured something had to have some zap going.... not so much.
Still though, it was a chance to be out of the house and near something not entirely man made for a while. To be honest I have a thing for the earthy tones all over the place and I like them very much... they just don't make for good pics. (They're my pics of this sort of stuff and I get tired of looking at them so I know others do... :o)
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Genesis 3:17-19, King James Bible
Imagine a world where mankind unwittingly turns down its own volume and produces, in the process, a barley livable wasteland from the world of remarkable luxury we enjoy today. What would happen?
I'm not a real movie reviewer sort of guy. I don't mind writing about books and trying to be objective but movies... they are just this whole other level of thing that I prefer to simply enjoy. I had the good fortune the other night to see The Book of Eli and was moved. So here, int he paragraphs that follow are my thoughts and why I say see it if you haven't.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
In the process of cleaning out, I found three or four chunks of wood I had cut from a pine at my folks place back in early, early spring because I thought they were fat wood and I wanted to try them out... I wanted to know if I knew how to spot it. So today when I found them and the bench was cleaned off I decided it was time to have a little fun.
I grabbed trusty my Mora and shaved and scraped a little and then, I grabbed my uber-firesteel and hit the pile with some sparks.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
I got a new knife last week from my good buddy Iz Turley at Turley Knives. He originally called is his one shot bushcraft knife. When I suggested the name Ohio he decided on the name Mississippi... :-)
While I am not ready to call the search for the perfect edged tool over, I will be pausing on this one for a lot more testing... It's pretty darned great. Have a look...
If you find yourself in need of a knife I would seriously consider contacting Iz. http://www.turleyknives.com/
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday was a good day. I managed to keep everyone happy and...
Coffee made over an open fire in liteweight, camp grade gear,
and served up in a saintless cup with a wire handle, is just fundamentally better I think anyway.
but that ended like all of my other spoon attempts so far.
My favortie part of any day out is when I find myself, even in woods I regard as familiar, in a spot untrampted and new to me. Underbrush like untrodden snow.... Trees and scrubs everyewhere.
It's a small bit of paradise.
With any luck, I'll get back out there sooner rather than later. Take care.
Oh yeah... I made a little vid about it too... Check it out.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
I have, in almost 3 months, been in the bush one time. The day was great but abbreviated and even while I was cataloging tree leaves for future ID, I could only think about getting back home. My little ones are just demanding as hell but there's nowhere I would rather be.
I've begun thinking about fall since the whitetail hunting edition of F&S showed up. I have a new knife down on paper I need to try that should work well in the bush too. Beyond that, it's all baby, all the time. Fall should find this getting better and with the onset of squirrel season here in Ohio, I can see at least a few days going my way and getting out and around the trees. Let's say a little prayer to that effect while we're considering the subject. If fall gets away too... well... I may just be bothered... ;-)
Thursday, June 17, 2010
And then, just as quick as it was done... it was gone. A friend in Iowa decided to take it instead of a knife design I owed him. Let's hope he likes it.
I've refined the design a bit and am working on the next iteration. First among the changes... no more red box elder. :)
Sunday, May 30, 2010
I think the notion has been stuck in my head for a while now that I need to be in the woods to work on these skills I want to acquire. Turns out this is not the case. Hunting as an indoctrination to woodsmanship seems to have set my mind up that way. I'll see if I can fix that as I go along...
Not being one to waste time when there are things to do, I have decided to strike out on a series of challenges for myself. I'll break them down over the remaining months of the year and see what I can get done. The areas I want to focus on this year are (in no special order):
- Friction Fire
- Natural tinder / firesteel fire
- Heartwood or "1 stick" fire
- Flint and Steel fire
- char cloth / char tinder making and use
- Tarp Shelters
- Deadfall Shelter
- Cordage of some sort
- plant foraging
- Kuksa Carving
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I decided, for my last trip to the woods before the baby is born, I wanted to test out some axes or at least one axe that only cost a few dollars to set up. I acquired three heads and picked the Collins Homestead model as my first try.
I didn't know much about working an axe bit down to the right width and it shows here. The edge is really sharp, but things are still too chunky. After my son arrives, I am hopeful to get back into it again and see if I can do it better next time.
Anyhow, enjoy the vid and get out for me, cause it's gonna be a while I think... :D
Saturday, May 15, 2010
It's a bad photo but here it is in the current state. I ordered two billets of CPM 3v to make this one. This one is 5/32 inch thick. I have the pins and lanyard tub ground and beveled as well. You can see I moved the lanyard up on the handle from the design on this one. I've got the scandi grind started and should finish it up today. I am suspecting there will be about 160 hours of sanding to smooth this steel up. It's rough stuff. I have 3/16 titanium pins for the scales and decided on titanium tubing for the lanyard as well. I ordered what I think will be the scales last night. Check them out:
I loves me some spaulted boxelder... :)
Anyhow, I've decided to call this model the Waldgeist. Look it up. You'll see what I mean. Thanks for lookin' and take care.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I'll post the particulars another day but is suffices to say that these will be blades to be reckoned with. The feel of the dropped pommel is just excellent. I've got them all profiled out and am taking a break for a day to think about my next moves. Over the weekend I will bevel and finish sand them and get them ready to go to Peters' for hardening.
Thanks for looking and stay tuned for more....
Friday, April 16, 2010
I managed to get a day out this week and got to use it for someting fun. My original plan was to try out The Bushcraft Group's Challenge #1 and build some kind of fireplace... not such a good idea with the back still on the mend. So, I walked around and found a nice branch for some carving.... The Spoonage did follow. Have a look. Thanks and take care.
Friday, April 2, 2010
I cracked up a fire for making hot dogs. It was almost 70 degrees so nothing too big or involved this time.
I had an audience cooking up dog over the fire. Never a prettier woods buddy for anyone... ever. She loves the blue boots.
After a while, she headed back to the house and I was left on my own for a while. It seems odd that what I do most, out among the trees, is spend my time watching the wind and trying not to think. I find it to be... the best.
The good news for me is that next week I am on-call so I will be busy... but the week after that, I will be free. And I'll be headed out to the trees. Goodness knows what I will do but you can bet the rig will be packed and ready. I've made a few updates for summer so I'll probably do a post about it when I get all set. Thanks for looking. Take care.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The A2 in this thing just finishes fantastically. The Oak works with it so well. I am really pleased with this one.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
- Readability - 4 of 5 - It's well written and about as easy to read as a text book on a subject you want to learn.
- Editing - 5 of 5 - superb work editing this book. Flow is very well done.
- Subject Matter - 5 of 5 - Seriously, a must read for anyone looking to spend time out of doors in that dirt-timey sort of way.
- Did I like it - 4 of 5 - I liked it a lot. It's a dry read but I find that I can use most all of it.
I'll say it again, a must read for any wood-be outdoorsman / bushcrafter / survivalist / etc. This book is a wealth of knowledge. Worth every dime in my opinion.