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I've done beekeeping for years, though hive dieoffs followed by too much work mean I don't have any currently. I've done Langstroth and top-bar styles, and I'm thinking about doing a hybrid system if I restart my apiary--a long, flat hive that takes Langstrogh frames. Top bar frames are just too del...
- Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:48 pm
- Forum: Soft Kit
- Topic: What's up with wick trimmers?
- Replies: 1
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This isn't a question that's likely to have huge applications in wilderness trekking, but it's something I've been messing with recently and which has had me rather puzzled. I've run into some historical examples of wick trimmers over the years--special scissors used to cut wicks while the candle wa...
- Wed Aug 26, 2020 3:03 am
- Forum: Hard Kit
- Topic: What about a bit of rope? You'll want it, if you haven't got it: Well, I'll want it.
- Replies: 8
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I don’t have a lot of experience with organic ropes, so this has been an interesting experience for me. I really like the way it turned out though, completely changes the look of everything. Looks great, and should be very serviceable--especially if it's genuine manila, and not just fraudulently br...
Also essential...frustratingly essential, apparently, as they've got me working 6-7 days a week. However...there are perks. Took this shot at work today, and if that doesn't put one in mind of Eriador, I don't know what will. Henry W. Coe State Park, California. https://i.imgur.com/mNurPnP.jpg
- Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:26 am
- Forum: WoodCraft
- Topic: Dakota Firehole Experiment Results
- Replies: 15
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After finding the scapula a bit flimsy, I ordered up a Niwaki digging knife. https://i.imgur.com/eHGas7l.jpg?1 It's serviceable, and looks a lot more period than the ones with logo-etched stainless blades and serrated edges. I subdued the handle a bit with black walnut minwax stain, and am making a ...
- Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:55 am
- Forum: Weapons & Armour
- Topic: On the Breaking of Blades, or: A Negative Result is Still a Result
- Replies: 14
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So, just over two years later, It took me a whole day to make the scabbard. I'd love some advice, though. https://i.imgur.com/6NRCFWw.jpg?1 Here it is. Rather than wrap it, I think I'll leave it as wood grain. I like the look. I've used black walnut to match the rest of the wood in my kit. I started...
- Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:58 pm
- Forum: General Discussion
- Topic: All plants, animals, food, etc. mentioned in The Hobbit
- Replies: 31
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So I've been pondering this. I've had good success baking in the backcountry with breads both short and long as the poem says, but would/could I do it with archaic techniques? A pearlash, potash or soda ash could be made or acquired. Would pack similarly to a spice, I imagine. But what about acid? V...
In 2005 I attended the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Virginia. A traditional part of this event is a speech by the president of the United States. All 40,000 scouts in attendance marched to the big amphitheater for the speech, but looming thunderstorms made it too risky, so we all marched back to o...
EDIT: This was originally the top-level comment in this thread, but in deciding to turn this into a continuing series, I replaced the top comment with a general overview. Take a look, if you haven’t seen it! By request, this is my attempt at a guide to recognizing and avoiding hypothermia in the wil...
- Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:34 am
- Forum: Hard Kit
- Topic: Sierra Strider Hard Kit Breakdown
- Replies: 14
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I noticed you only (presently) have food bags weighed, and I'm quite sure they're empty at that weight. A suggestion: I carry a copper 'Gil' cup as both a small drinking cup that I can brew tea in, etc. as well as for a measuring/rationing cup. I use it to measure flour for dumplings, milled oats (...