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  Rip Jeff Sanders (Hillywilly)
Posted by: Karen Hood - 05-09-2018, 01:17 AM - Forum: Welcome To The Hoodlums - Replies (9)

It is my sad announcement today that our own Hoodlum, Hillywilly, AKA Jeff Sanders, has taken his own life.  Us moderators received the following personal message today from Tai Goo (from our Woodsmaster Vol 9 - Primitive Knifemaking) : 


I know Jeff had lots of friends here. Very sad news. Jeff died on April 20th. He took his own life. He had barricaded himself inside his house and burnt it to the ground. 

Please don't ask for anymore details than that. I just wanted Hoodlums to know.

My life will never be the same...


This has been my response to our mutual friends and all my customers: 

 Don't know if you saw Tai Goo's post, but Jeff Sanders took his own life.  I have no words. He was the person who was instrumental in introducing Ron and I to Tai Goo and Tim Lively.  He was a music teacher and part of the neotribal metalsmiths group at the time we filmed him.  It was because of his friendship with Ron that our Woodsmaster Vol 9m - Primitive Knifemaking was made.  His energy was really infectious.  I am in shock.  Total and complete shock.  He loved his wife and kids so much.  I last saw him at the Hoodlums Gathering a few years back.  He was literally the "highlight" of my trip. He was sooooo Funny!  He was such a joker.  Completely sarcastic but in a nice way.  I am so saddened it has really hit me hard!  I........... wow...... no words.  I am so very sad.

Prayers to his wife and kids and entire family.  What a HUGE loss.  There needs to be more people in the world like Jeff.  He was sooooooo "bright, enthusiastic and shiny."  Hoping he is up there in Heaven right now with Ron.  They have eachother to laugh with.  I just remember his super infectious smile.  Bless his soul.  Forever and ever.


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  Leatherman Surge with Bosch Wood blades
Posted by: Scottman - 05-07-2018, 03:29 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (7)

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Trimming another small mulberry near fence figure I can train The shoots to grow more horizinatal birds will go elsewhere with it at head height and berries easier to pick

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  Ultra light
Posted by: Deerstalker - 05-05-2018, 05:15 AM - Forum: Questions and Answers - Replies (20)

Does anyone here do big walks e.g. PCT; AT; CDT ?

I don't, but I'm curious about the experiences of others  Huh

I've been watching some YouTube and it seems to me there is strong logic in minimizing your load whether you are hiking, hunting or bugging out.

Much of this was covered in years gone by however lots has happened since then Shy 



Not a doco, but still covers some of the issues


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  You Tube gun ban ?
Posted by: petzlglyph - 05-03-2018, 01:27 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (11)

Those who post videos on you tube are being warned that all gun related videos are going to be removed (censored), some have already been given the boot.
What other gun video sites do you use or can recommend?

I found this one:  https://www.full30.com/recently-added    But it has limited content, so far.  I'm thinking that all those who earn a living on their you tube posting's will be moving to somewhere.

Big Grin Ken H in AZ

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  Respect the 200 Dollar TC compass 308
Posted by: Scottman - 05-01-2018, 03:44 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (2)

some  fun  at 100 yards

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  Respect the Bmag 17 SUPER at 200 yards
Posted by: Scottman - 05-01-2018, 02:43 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (1)

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  Are People Becoming Dependent Upon Technology?
Posted by: Jimbo - 04-29-2018, 07:47 PM - Forum: Questions and Answers - Replies (8)

I recently read an article about an individual that was relying on their vehicles onboard navigation (GPS) system to take them 38 miles to the train station, yet ended up being lead on a 900 mile wild goose trek!   The individual later reportedly stated they just put their foot down and kept driving, trusting that the vehicles GPS guidance system wouldn't lead them astray.  It was not a teenage driver, but rather one who's chronological age would indicate a mature individual not prone to blindly trusting technology, but they did.

Every time Mother was visited by a new Home Nurse or other medical person, we routinely received a mobile call because their GPS misdirected them in route to our home address.  We do not live in a desolate area by any means, but each and every GPS directed the user to an area South, then East of our actual location.  If memory serves me correct some of the Physical Therapist coming to see the wife following her 360 back Surgery in early '16 were also taken to approximately the same area by their GPS & also had to phone for correct directions to their destination.  All of these people drove right by the sign identifying our street as they went South.  Maybe total reliance on GPS negates the need for watching one's surroundings, but I always began observing street sign when approaching the general area of where I expected to find my target destination. 

To me technology is an asset to be used, but not to be depended on.  For 34 years I traveled extensively, on an almost daily basis, in the performance of my employment.  The majority of those years were pre-GPS days admittedly, but I had an attache case which contained the states map, a couple dozen county maps and a few city maps for just in case, and those maps did get used from time to time.  I can assure anyone, anytime I was going to a new location some 35 - 40 miles away, by the time I had traveled 50 miles, or less, I would have been consulting my directions and one, or more, of those maps. 

I had and used a computer during the last 8 - 12 years of my employment and routinely printed out directions to new locations, but I did not throw away any of those maps, just because I had computer generated directions available.    

When making distant trips to place I know and/or have previously been, or going to a completely new location, there will always be an atlas available for consultation, for just in case.  Construction, accidents and many other reasons can require changes during travel which requires an alternate course of travel.  Computers & GPS systems are both smart and a great aid, but nothing I will blindly follow ever.

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  Helm/Tendick Wakizashi/Tanto Daisho Collaboration
Posted by: Stormcrow - 04-25-2018, 04:21 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (1)

Sometime last year I made an o-tanto that caught the eye of the very talented Ben Tendick of BRT Bladeworks in Oregon.  We had been wanting to do a collaboration for a while, and it seemed like a good direction to go.  The tanto was slated for someone, so I forged another, and ended up making a wakizashi in the same style as well.  I forged the blades, and Ben did the rest of the work.

Here's what was sent to Ben, a 16" and a 11.5" blade forged from 80CrV2 steel, heat treated and ready for Ben to work his magic on the handles.  I left the tangs big and blocky to give Ben plenty of canvas on which to paint.

[Image: 41645152792_2096692c80_c.jpg]helmtendick01 by James Helm, on Flickr

Ben worked them down, shouldered the tangs to fit the tsubas, and drilled the holes to anchor the wrap.

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I left all the details to Ben on how he wanted to finish.  He decided to use wrought iron for the tsubas.  In his words, "I did my best to capture that well used Ronin style in this set."

[Image: 27815255978_dc56487662_c.jpg]helmtendick03 by James Helm, on Flickr

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And copper menuki with his touchmark.

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He went with antiqued cotton cord for the underlay. 

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  New sheath for a Roach Belly
Posted by: Bob_Spr - 04-24-2018, 11:33 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (8)

This past weekend, between the rains and my frozen fingers acting up, I was looking for something to do. While moving things around, I ran across a Cold Steel Roach Belly. I shelved it because I hate the stock sheath. So,

Grabbed some kydex and made a new one. While trying to figure out how to attach it, I remembered something I saw on a William Collins video. So I made a cross draw adapter from leather. Stained it, attached and love it now.  Have to show them as attachments as I closed my Photo Bucket account and haven't figured everything out on the new forum.

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  A useful survival aid.
Posted by: Limey Pete - 04-22-2018, 04:43 PM - Forum: Backpacking and Gear Testing - Replies (22)

A flashlight that emits SOS.
Some here might know of these, however for those that do not here is one:

Ultrafire C8 CREE XM-L T6 1000 lumen Flashlight SOS Mode

When lost or in trouble simply fix and point it in the direction a search party might arrive, and set it going after dark.

Pack extra batteries for extra life.

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