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  Ever make a torch?
Posted by: Dashing - 10-16-2017, 12:45 PM - Forum: Urban Survival Skills - Replies (10)

Somebody mentioned torches the other day (not on the forum).  I realized I'd never actually made a torch so...

I had about two pounds of pine pitch I had harvested so I decided that would be my fuel.  I melted some down in a tin can and mixed in dry plant matter as a thickener.  I caked the rest of the pitch onto a stick.  I wrapped the pine pitch in long blades of green grass and then spread the thickened pitch over that.  Last, I wrapped the whole thing in some spruce bark to hold it all together tightly.

The torch threw a ton of light and burned for at least 20 minutes.  Better construction and using a 3'4" - 1" diameter green stick of hardwood would probably double that.  The head eventually burned through the stick and fell off into the fire pit.  Also, I would wrap it more completely next time because flaming gobs of pine pitch dripped off like napalm now and then.

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  Forged my first knives
Posted by: Dashing - 10-16-2017, 01:19 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (11)

I attended a great class called "Intro to the Forged Blade" this weekend and forged my first knives.  This experience was a blast, I learned a ton, and I can definitely see myself trying to learn more and forge more knives in the future.

My work was obviously beginner quality, so nothing special or terrific, but I figured I'd share.

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Posted by: Dashing - 10-13-2017, 03:02 PM - Forum: Wilderness Cooking Forum - Replies (15)

I'm sure you've all heard of bannock.  I just used the standard recipe here, but added white chocolate chips and craizens.  

I let my little fire burn down a bit and got a nice coal bed before starting to cook the bannock.  Hardwood obviously works better than pine for a good bed of coals.

I cut up a used pie tin to use as the baking tray and to space the tray from the bottom of my pot so I got a more uniform baking oven type of effect.

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  Leaf Spring Tracker
Posted by: Dashing - 10-13-2017, 02:50 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (25)

I thought some of you guys might be interested in seeing a knife I made.  I built this tracker last year out of a leaf spring using mostly files.  The leaf spring came from a truck in a junk yard.  I annealed it in a charcoal grill in the backyard, shaped it, sharpened it, and sent it off to Peters for heat treat.  It has served me well over the past year. The knife holds an edge very well, chops great for it's size, and is built like a tank.  The handle is a simple mule tape wrap with bank line over-wrap.

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Test run.  I got the quarter round right.  It makes super thin draw-curls which light with a ferro rod spark in wet weather.

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Used it to make an awl as a companion tool.

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Some other stuff I've done with the tracker.

Made a sheath

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Made a hasty bucksaw in the field. (the tracker is best paired with a smaller knife for fine carving)

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Split a long log as a skill test.

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Made a nightstand on a hammock camping trip

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  Can Stoves
Posted by: Dashing - 10-12-2017, 02:13 PM - Forum: Urban Survival Skills - Replies (6)

I started tinkering with stoves made from V8 cans and soda cans earlier this year.  I got a kick out of it because it costs nothing, they are incredibly useful and lightweight, and because I get to build something.  The recycling aspect is a bonus too.

My favorite stove is this little V8 can, penny-style, alcohol burner.  It came out well and I became fond of it.

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I began taking all of the undented cans out of the recycling bin at work and making stoves during my lunch break.  I gave a bunch away (at least 40 so far) and experimented with a lot of different designs.

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More recently I switched from coffee to one Red Bull in the morning.  Suddenly, my supply of the smaller diameter cans shot through the roof.  I experimented with new pot stands too.  Here is one of the nicer ones I made recently.  I gave this one to a buddy who is just starting to get into outdoorsy stuff.  Paired with a little Imusa pot, it made him very happy.

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And holy cow.  The pics worked.

Post up your stoves if you've made some.
I'm getting tooled up for the aluminum beer can types now too.  I'll post some pics eventually.

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  Did you know?
Posted by: Bill Hay - 10-10-2017, 07:20 PM - Forum: Questions and Answers - Replies (14)

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  Improvised Fishing Pole
Posted by: Dashing - 10-10-2017, 04:20 PM - Forum: Urban Survival Skills - Replies (9)

On a recent trip I decided to improvise a fishing pole in the field rather than bringing one.

For the rod I used a beech sapling.  Care was taken to ensure that the length of the rod was limbed clean so there was not much to snag the line while casting.
I bent up two hasty guides out of heavy wire I scrounged.  The guides were then attached to the rod with mil surp trip/snare wire from a Vietnam era wooden spool.
Last, I attached my handline/emergency fishing kit to the rod.

The handline kit consists of 6LB or 10LB mono for a leader and #24 bank line for the main line.  These are both wrapped around the outside of a tube vault (soda bottle blank) and then covered in a piece of bicycle inner tube to hold it all in place neatly.  I find that the #24 bank line casts well when handline fishing and works ok for fly casting from this rigged pole setup.  Inside the tube are hooks, split shot, a couple lures, and a float.

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  KITH knife pictures
Posted by: wmerrin - 10-06-2017, 01:18 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (19)

I decided my KITH knife deserved a new thread, so here is a new thread.

Brumbie sent me the most amazing KITH you could imagine - a genuine Luke Swenson blade complete with leather sheath.  I was just dumbfounded when I opened the box...  Thanks Brumbie!

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Did I remember to say Thanks Brumbie?  And thanks DaveD for hosting the KITH, you done real good.  I hope everyone else enjoys their KITH...


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  Seeking craftsmen! Survival Boardgame Kickstarter Rewards - donations?
Posted by: Mako - 10-05-2017, 12:02 PM - Forum: Questions and Answers - Replies (1)

Hey, Hoods,

Our survival board game Kickstarter is about to get on its feet and we were looking for help.  It's been a long time in coming and the Kickstarter page is looking great, as is our product.

Karen was extremely generous and donated 16 SQ mags and 28 DVDs to our project to help us reach our funding goals.  She, Ron and I used to play older versions of the game at their house to collect feedback and new ideas.  She recently played it with us in Idaho as well.

In return, I offered to advertise permanently for Hoods Woods on one of our "survival kit" cards.  It works out well because each player picks two of these cards at the beginning of the game and uses it to help them survive.  In this case, Hoods Woods gets the "survival basics" card, which will direct people towards the Woodsmaster DVD series.  I'll definitely be advertising for Hoods Woods elsewhere and hoping this game will draw new people to our forums.

I'm wondering if any of you excellent craftsmen out there would be willing to donate your wares to our Kickstarter campaign.  Especially knifemakers.  JD Edwards, Luke Swenson?  I'm making the same deal to you.  Donate high-quality merchandise to our Kickstarter to offer as prizes and we'll make one survival kit card a permanent advertisement for your product.  We'd like to ask for merchandise worth ~$500 MSRP/resale value.

I hope this offer doesn't seem conceited.  I'm trying to get creative and offer great rewards for people who donate.  Your donations could really help launch our game.

Current survival kit items include: Iodine, steel knife, map and compass, cloth bandage, flint and steel, signal lense, trapping snares, wool blanket, rain poncho, fishing kit, water bladder, hatchet, survival fats.  
Skills in the survival kit include: Water dowser (good at locating water), primitive bowyer, survival basics, primitive fire skills, hunter, spinner (cordage), trapper, woodscraft, fisherman, naturalist, fire science.
We have some flexibility in this area so please ask if you have a good product not listed here.

Ok, you are very special people, so I'm going to give you the PREVIEW link in this thread.  This project is NOT LIVE yet.  You lucky ducks.  Enjoy.


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  forum fees
Posted by: jbarrow - 10-04-2017, 01:19 PM - Forum: Questions and Answers - Replies (10)

I am sure this forum is not free.  Is there an annual recommended fee for camping here and where do we send the money??

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