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  Hey, Dirttime Dude...
Posted by: storm - 04-22-2004, 05:44 PM - Forum: Questions and Answers - Replies (20)

since you've been doing the survival skills for 50 years, have you ever written any articles or books that one could get a hold of? if not, i think you should before you die and all that info rots into the ground <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Wink' /> . if you can't write, you could find your version of a Brandt Morgan--like TBJ did--and get all that good stuff down on paper...

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  How Do I Check What Previous Posts I Sent?
Posted by: Limey Pete - 04-22-2004, 03:34 PM - Forum: Questions and Answers - Replies (5)

I can never remember where I have been – same in the woods really.

Is it possible to put a picture in among your post, anyone?

And what shoes should a chap wear with his Ku Klux Klan robe?

Or would cowboy boots be more appropriate?

I don’t wear spectacles but if I did, would a chap wear them on the outside of his Ku Klux Klan hood or inside?

<img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' /> Regards L P

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  Stone-age Implements
Posted by: storm - 04-22-2004, 03:31 PM - Forum: Hoodlum Workshop-Photos Please - Replies (5)

thought i'd share some tools that i and others have made...

banded slate and dogbane necklace (made by jeff gottlieb), bone awl with rawhide and cordage handle (started by jeff gottlieb and finished by me), flint embedded in antler and marcasite for two-stone fire-starting (given to me by ken wee):

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soaproot brush with soaproot handle, elk antler chisel:

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obsidian spear point:

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obsidian cutting tool that jim riggs (i think) made--i consider the craftsmanship of this piece the epitome of functional knapping (bordering on the aesthetic):

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  Making A Quartz Burin
Posted by: storm - 04-22-2004, 06:28 AM - Forum: Hoodlum Workshop-Photos Please - Replies (3)

does anyone know how to make a quartz burin? i want a few to engrave soft stone, to incise antler and bone, and for their utilitarian sharp edges. do you pound it with a rock and hope for the best, or is their any actual knapping involved?

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  Coal-burning A Better Container
Posted by: storm - 04-21-2004, 09:50 PM - Forum: Hoodlum Workshop-Photos Please - Replies (13)

on this nice, sunny day i was fortunate enough to finish coal-burning a second wooden container--this time, no major cracks!

here's the nearly finished product (i still want to polish the surface of the bowl). i think this photo illustrates the effectiveness of my quartz scraper:

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this is a close-up of that quartz crystal bed scraper:

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i'll post a photo of the final product (in action) soon. i feel very satisfied to have a container to stone-boil in. it will affect the way i prepare a lot of my food now and give me the opportunity to dig deeper into the primitive lifestyle...

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  Hey Ron, Is This &quot;shit&quot; True?
Posted by: storm - 04-21-2004, 04:47 AM - Forum: Questions and Answers - Replies (26)

Quote:Potassium Nitrate is also known as "saltpeter (Saltpetre)" and is the oxidizing agent in black powder.

It is formed ..... or precipitated from...... feces. Turds lying in a field will, after some time, develop a whitish crystalline powder which is part uric acid and part potassium nitrate. This substance, the crystals, not the turds, are collected and washed to separate the chemicals. I will try to remember the exact process we used and post that later. I do remember that the crystals with the highest concentration of Potassium nitrate were found on the underside of the turd, next to the ground.

This powder was mixed in the classic proportions with either charcoal and sulfur, or charcoal and sugar, to make a stinky explosive. The sugar mix smelled like a candied turd. Do NOT try this in your rifle! It is OK in Bamboo nail guns.

from the Library on http://www.survival.com

(really--can i go play with dried shit and make explosions?)

p.s.--how's your spirit guide, "knuckles?"

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  Primitively Crafting A Knife Handle--part 2
Posted by: storm - 04-21-2004, 04:33 AM - Forum: Hoodlum Workshop-Photos Please - Replies (4)

after burning that stick of maple to size (for a knife handle), i used an antler chisel to split the handle (in the photo you can see the hammer stone, the dented handle where the wedge bit into the wood, and the elk antler chisel):

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here's the split handle:

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see that knot in the handle? i'm gonna chip it out so that a stone blade will fit in its stead. here's the second split in which a section is removed:

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now to secure the blade to the handle. here's a chunk of deer hide glue that i made this winter:

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heating up the glue (in water) in some creek-clay primitive pottery on the fire:

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using some cordage to hold the knife together, i started to drip some hide glue where stone and wood meet:

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  Primitively Crafting A Knife Handle--part 1
Posted by: storm - 04-21-2004, 12:54 AM - Forum: Hoodlum Workshop-Photos Please - No Replies

after struggling to reach such a lofty goal of using antler for stone knife handles, i look back on this and wonder--why did i spend so much time working with such a tough material? there's a forest of wood around me--use it! i went out and found a big-leaf maple stick:

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burning off one end:

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then i used a piece of a coarse quartz crystal bed (laying on its side so you can see the crystals stick out on its right side) to sand the char off the burned end of the future knife handle:

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burning off the other end:

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i'm probably finished shaping the handle:

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next, i'll try to split the wood with an antler wedge and fit the stone blade to the handle...

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  Finished Coal-burning
Posted by: storm - 04-21-2004, 12:31 AM - Forum: Hoodlum Workshop-Photos Please - No Replies

i built a smaller fire in the bowl to deepen it:

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but when i considered the container finished, i noticed a crack had recently formed:

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i probably shouldn't have kept the wood block indoors at night. i'll fill the crack with pitch:

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i've already started coal-burning a smaller container...

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  What If........
Posted by: pinebaron - 04-20-2004, 01:55 PM - Forum: Weapons FAQ - Replies (27)

If the poop hits the fan NOW What weapon(s) would you grab and why. Duration of this event is unknown as well as the size of the affected area. Try to be spontaneous.

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