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  1. Doesn't look odd to me, other than there aren't feathers on it. Rivercane makes good atlatl darts.
  2. Howdy all, check out this event, its huge from I've heard. Let me know if you are going! http://www.primitiveskills.org/ Its a 6 day conglomeration of classes (there are sometimes 20 classes a day!) This list is representative of some of the skills you can expect to study at Earthskills Rendezvous. Firemaking Open Hearth Cooking Pottery Blacksmithing Flintknapping Bone and Antler Tools Stone Tools Weaving and Textiles Cordage and Twining Netting Basketry Knots Knife Sharpening Nature Awareness Edible and Medicinal Plant Harvesting Slings Bolas Rabbitsticks Bows and Arrows Atlatls and Darts Treen Traps and Snares Spears Primitive Cookery Soap making Natural Dyes Useful Wild Plants Pitch Sticks Primitive Shelters/Structures Blowguns Indigenous Musical Instruments Hide Tanning Clothing and Adornments Mocassin making Tribal Life Tribal Games and Sports Tracking and Stalking Sustainability Directions: http://www.primitiveskills.org/directions-to-earthskills-rendezvous/
  3. also You tube screwed it up and I had to edit it and make it more grainy, not to mention I was using the video feature on the camera.
  4. nooo don't use it for cooking, it puts the resin all over your poor pot and you would have sappy tasting meat if you cooked it to close...don't ask me how I know that though
  5. http://www.woodsmonkey.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=183:joe-talks-about-fatwood&catid=44:how-to-videos&Itemid=68 new on woodsmonkehy. How many times can I say glorious in one vid moose0024.gif
  6. Survivorman no more

    he was 47!!!! wowee. Yet another reason to like that guy. I could never do the survivorman thing. It would be too much like jackass meets survivorman. and bear already does that. 8|
  7. Survivorman no more

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/us_stroud you think they are looking for a replacement?
  8. Pictures of Our Members

    Just thought I'd post this one up for giggles
  9. WILLOW: Ok, so I obtained some willow, and proceeded to do the same thing with it. The bark separated a little bit easier, however, it was still difficult to get a uniform strip of the inner layer to come out. This bark was noticeably stronger just off the bark. I found that if I pulled with my finger backing it up, this helped keep the strand from tapering down and peeling off smaller than when I started. I don't know if you can see it, but here is another method of peeling the outer bark off. I just made slits in the outer bark every six inches instead of trying to do the whole thing. I got distracted and let it sit out over night before boiling. The next day I came and found the willow strips to be pretty dry, yet still strong. I was out of ash so I made a fire to get more just playing with the pot, I didn't boil the strips this way because I wanted to boil it for an hour soooo Since I wanted it to burn for an hour, I used an old Coleman stove Here is the dirty almost finished product, left out to dry. It definitely smelled better than the mimosa bark when boiling. and after it dried, I re-wet it so I could work with it and make some rope. This chord seemed A LOT stronger than the mimosa. I went over to the weight bench and played with it, it finally broke after 97lbs lifting....wow. (keep in mind that wasn't a very scientific test, just messing around)
  10. Here is some on mimosa. I think the mimosa is an absolutely beautiful and resilient tree, but its the bark that interests me. yes, I did see the poison ivy. So I started this project from the Ray Mears videos Scott sent me. I found that this mimosa carried the same bark peeling qualities as willow, so I wanted to see if I could harvest cordage from it in the same way. Started by making an incision all the way down with my Rat-3 Gradually I used my thumb to separate the bark from the actual mimosa wood beam. This was a fun task, as the tree gave its bark freely. It was hard to get a complete sleeve without small tears in it. and finally, a buck naked mimosa....ooo la la Then came the hardest part. Ray said to strip the outer bark from the inner bark. He made a laceration on the bark and peeled it carefully away from the willows outer bark. I think what I might be doing is separating the outer bark from the cambium layer. Well whatever it was, it did not come as freely as in his video, maybe willow is easier? The bark was acting very obstreperous, leaving bits of outer bark here and there. starting I finally used the Rat-3 to separate the beginning of the strip, the incision method was not working for me as well. close up of the blade doing the work. see the darker stripe of bark, that is what I'm peeling off and using. 2nd stage product before boiling. this seems very strong, and very flexible. Ray Mears, on the video, boiled it with ashes to form a lye solution. I had some ashes lying around, so I decided I would go to this step. It is supposed to improve longevity and flexibility. finished (almost) product
  11. pOST surgery hellO!

    :hugegrin: my fiance can skeet shoot from the hip.
  12. pOST surgery hellO!

    thats about 90 percent of north carolinians swede. Nothing new there
  13. pOST surgery hellO!

    I hope so! Holly you are from around NC right? What primitive skills classes have you taken around here, etc