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Robson Valley
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09 Nov 2017, 22:00 #511

Crooked knives are normally used with pull-cuts. 
When the knife slips, you get hit in the chest.
This is hard on shirts and stings a little, too, as they cut right through my shirts.
Serious heavy-duty canvas apron now has been hit dozens of times.

Beaver do get killed dropping trees.  I've seen pictures. 
Not enough of them for the outright damage they do to forest ecology.
I'll guess here with the dense forests that as many as 1/4 of the cut trees
get hung up and don't ever hit the ground.
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Quest for fire
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10 Nov 2017, 04:09 #512

Here is my buddie's split Ash basket quiver.
It was made on the local Reserve following traditional methods but
uses modern buckles and rivets on the harness. You can just read Kanawaké in the beadwork.
Sorry about the crappy pictures. This guy shoots so fast the camera can't keep up.🤗
 He can also hit a dangling cheereo at twenty yards.😮

P.S.

That's a snazzy Hoyt recurve he is shooting.
Hoyt is about the best in modern materials recurves.
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11 Nov 2017, 13:52 #513

Thursday night at the range was very good.
We had more than enough volunteers to set up.
That included the buddy who has that very nice split Ash quiver in the post above.
I had not seen him in almost a year and remarked he looked very trim.
He said he decided to get in shape as he was going to Night School to study networking.
He is a dedicated,disciplined individual and had lost thirty five pounds.
Those are pounds he didn't really need to lose by city standards.
I think he must have radically improved his diet as well as exercised.

I decided to get my bow out as we had enough volunteers to take turns volunteering.
There was a picture of a good sized rabbit at thirty meters. I said that the rabbit was mine first shot.
After checking out how crooked my arrows were I ammended that to two shots.
Both missed but one was darn close. The second volley saw both close with one,
right next to Mister bunny. My next try tagged the cotton tail on the shoulder.
That would have to do as both my fingers hurt and a volunteer was leaving.

I really do have to find good enough leather to make a tab.
There is no hair on goat skin to be found so slippery leather will have to do.
Fifteen minutes fooling around with a pattern and scissors have the rough,
shape cut out. A few test shots and the slot cut into the tab will be the perfect size.

The night ended well.
I have started to edit pic's and whatnot out of the tablet while watching the line.
That only gets done when the adults are shooting and not too many of them.
When the kids are shooting I need every bit of brain power to keep them safe.
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Quest for fire
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11 Nov 2017, 18:44 #514

Tracker's treat today was a slice of marble cheese and
flakes of butter croissant on top of his dog food.
He got a biscuit at the end of it all to clean his teeth.

I on the other hand had a third of a cup of nuked coffee as my treat.😐
No biscuit to dip in it either.😑 I can't say I deserved one either.
I wae supposed to go to a parts shop to buy a switch for the car.
It is too cold to ride my bike that far if it breaks down.
I think the front wheel is out of true.
That does not bode well for the condition of the spokes.

Tracker will get a walk and stay outside with me as the wheel gets closer scrutiny.
I hope it is my eyes that are the problem and not the spokes.
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Robson Valley
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11 Nov 2017, 20:35 #515

Very nice split ash quiver.  The maker clearly understands the anatomy of ring-porous woods.
If I guess black ash (Fraxinus nigra), that puts it in the St Lawrence river valley.
Maybe some day, I'll afford a split ash basket.

The radiologist's report came back, we needed a look inside my knees.
"Vascular calcification is prominent."  I am turning into freakin' stone.
Yeah, I've heard the 'old fossil' joke, already.

I'm glad that I can't bake anything more delicate than a hamburger bun.
Croissant are my nemesis.
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12 Nov 2017, 00:06 #516

Yep if he used local wood which is no doubt the case then definitely Saint Lawrence valley.
Most probably Black Ash as well as I have one right outside my door.
Too bad that Ash is affected by the Emerald Borer. They have cut
down whole street lengths of Ash in some parts of the city.
I cannot imagine it is any better in the woods. I mean it is not
likely anyone is going to cut down all those trees and then immediately burn all the wood.

In the city they have stopped collecting hardwood garden refuse.
This in an attempt to localise the infestation. They take syringe like devices to
somehow innoculate the tree against the insects. So far they have cut a couple of
trees down and treated the rest. The tree outside my door has been treated but
has developed a hollow at the bottom. It looks like where a branch was cut off and
the tree grew a ring around it. A local cat keeps scratching out dead,black,almost powdered wood.

I like unique quivers utilising different materials.
I had made this huge mishapen one from buffalo hide.
It looked like someone had cut off their leg and used it for a quiver.😮
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Robson Valley
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12 Nov 2017, 00:27 #517

Can't remember the name but there's a new bug south of you folks, down in Minnesota/Wisconsin.
One brand of artificial Christmas tree had a wooden core and came from China.
The Chinese bugs love North American wood.

Part of the technique to get the black ash wood to delaminate is to age the logs on the ground.
I have seen pictures of 100% stunning artistry, woven from that wood.
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Quillsnkiko
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12 Nov 2017, 00:50 #518

Have you ever looked up things like switches for the car and other  parts on line Quest? I am amazed at how easy it is to get parts on line and sometimes way cheaper than other places. Heck My wash machine quit mid load doing a load of towels after I washed the dogs...I had to bail out the water.I looked what had happened up by Googling it  saying it quit and water would come in but nothing else worked...it told me what the problem was and what I needed to order to fix it..so I ordered the part and in the meantime jumped the lid switch so the machine would at least work...and when the switch came ...I had it in within a half hour or less. Saved myself some big bucks I am sure. And I surprised myself...I can still fix things..if I don't get all shook up about what ever went wrong...LOL!~! I was pretty bombed when The machine would not work....( you know the sky is falling etc. )
On the subject of diseases in trees....if I can find it I will post it...I saw a article about how many trees over the whole of the Americas are succumbing to diseases....so much so its threatening forests everywhere...and  it tells the % of trees affected in different areas. Oak blight...Ash borers, some kind of pine disease or bug, birch tree disease and poplar as well in the mountain west. The article was out out by a trusted entity....and sounded rather dire.... Quills
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12 Nov 2017, 01:19 #519

I don't have particularly good luck on line but may give it a go again in the future.
Now that I have an e-mail again it is at least feasible. The car parts store I speak of
is an inexspensive one and carries parts for older cars.

I am glad you got your washer going on your own and you should be proud of it.
You are right a dedicated repairman probably costs fifty bucks just to get him in the door.
In my case like yours the part to be replaced is relatively easy to access.
I will probably not get the original part only an ordinary weather resistant switch.
My old Magnum is probably only good for another year or two.
Wynter is rough on older cars.

I agree it is too bad some of our key flora isn't doing well.
It does not bode well for our as human beings distant future.
As far as Nature is concerned,nothing will stop it.
Nature will only adapt.
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Robson Valley
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12 Nov 2017, 02:18 #520

It has taken many decades for out forestry administrators to comprehend the value of fire.
It used to be thought of in the most immediate terms of economic loss.  Wrong.
Nature doesn't work that way.

What we saw here was that younger, more vigorous pines could smother the bugs in resin and "pitch them out."
The old pine could not.  Fire has been suppressed for so long that the older forest age made the whole place 
vulnerable to attack.  We have 18,000,000 ha dead cracked sticks.  Need some?

BC has to burn every 70-100 years.  We have pine with serotinous cones.  They MUST have fire to open the cones to reseed.
The option is to crop it off like wheat and the law demands replanting.  That works.
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12 Nov 2017, 03:10 #521

I knew there were cones that relied upon fire to open them up but had forgotten the term serotinous.
In fact it doesn't even ring a bell. My poor memory has held me back academically and in the workplace.

I hope we do come to terms with Nature as there is no other sustainable way.
I can function in either the technical world or it's natural counterpart.
Really though it is wood that I like. Making chopsticks into arrows or
broken arrows into knitting needles it is all so much fun.
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Robson Valley
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12 Nov 2017, 04:14 #522

That's OK.  Was my bread and butter, teaching Dendrology in Forest Science for decades.
Bound to mess up the best of us, yes?

We can't come to terms with Nature.  The Laws of Thermodynamics have sent us to our entropic doom.
The extraordinary chaos we create is crucial for our survival.  Extinction is the prize.

Solar powered photosynthesis drives this planet just in case anybody is watching.

Just give me a place to sit, a case of beer and some popcorn.
I'll watch.  Won't take us a million years to put it all in the toilet.
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12 Nov 2017, 08:21 #523

Robson Valley wrote: That's OK.  Was my bread and butter, teaching Dendrology in Forest Science for decades.
Bound to mess up the best of us, yes?

We can't come to terms with Nature.  The Laws of Thermodynamics have sent us to our entropic doom.
The extraordinary chaos we create is crucial for our survival.  Extinction is the prize.

Solar powered photosynthesis drives this planet just in case anybody is watching.

Just give me a place to sit, a case of beer and some popcorn.
I'll watch.  Won't take us a million years to put it all in the toilet.
Doctor David Suzuki had a show on about the health of the planet.
The jist of it was he said he had talked to the people he knew,
the right people and they said there is no hope for the Earth.
Suzuki said this right in front of his daughter who was part of the show.
Now either he was B.S.ing in front of his daughter,which I doubt or
he meant what he said. I did say that it was a show as it was meant
to be entertaining not just a bunch of facts. It may mean that what
he said could be part of the entertainment. That doesn't read right either.

Personally I will soldier on as long as I can.
Maybe it's denial or foolhardiness but I have responsibilities to my child and
all other children out there. I will do what I can as long as I am able.
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12 Nov 2017, 08:29 #524

When I lived in Wisconsin Dells I worked in a gift shop there for a while as a part time job. We had these neat Bears...about 2.5 - 3 ft tall that were made from Fire killed pines. Each one came with a certificate that said no living tree was harmed in the making of the piece. If my memory serves me correctly..it was someplace in Colorado. 

Old Wood who sometimes posts in the leather section here lives in Montana not too far from where all those fires burned acres and acres of forests. I think he said they came within 30 miles of his home. He said the reason was partly because the forest service does not periodically burn the under story out of those forests. They were rally glad when they got a early snow..and then some rain afterwards and that stopped the fires.  I bet those area that burned will be great places to look for Moral Mushrooms in the years to come as they say they grow well in burned over land. Quills
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12 Nov 2017, 16:51 #525

Suzuki was a very well-published geneticist.  Many believe he should have stayed with the fruit flies.

However, in the long term, I think he`s right.  You can`t run entropy backwards ( life and the living process= "the system")
without needing, requiring, an extraordinary mess in the "surroundings."  The sum of those 2 must be negative.
I do think that there's more attention being brought top focus on things such as plastic in the oceans.
That bodes well but reveals the energy price of the clean-up.
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12 Nov 2017, 19:07 #526

I saw some video of that plastic sea out in the ocean.
Aside from sea creatures dying from direct exposure,
it is the chemicals that leech into the water.

An example of direct exposure is Sea Turtles thinking plastic bags,
suspended in the water are Jelly fish their natural food.
The poor turtle not only gets no nourishment but
can die from the plastic blocking the alimentary canal.

I saw a tubeless tire on an aluminum rim floating in the mess.
There are preservatives in the rubber that are deadly.

I was an aquarist for many years and so understand what
a closed system such as the Earth can take.

The very best filters I made were ones that mimic Nature.
Aquarists often told me that under the gravel filters were weak,passé.
I learned how to supercharge them for much less than the fancy filters of today.
All you need is increased waterflow through the gravel which is the permanent filter material.
The increased water flow was achieved with inexpensive impellers which have almost no moving parts.

Technology is good,knowing how to have the least impact on Nature is infinitely better.

Below are a few pic's of our sea of shame.
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Robson Valley
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12 Nov 2017, 19:37 #527

I have scuba-diving family in Grand Bahama.  There's a Green Sea Turtle that hangs on a particular reef, it has a plastic 6-pack beer ring
on a back leg.  They actually practice on dry land what they will do to cut it off if they ever catch the turtle.

Increased water flow through gravel is what sustains salmon embryology. 
ANY sediment load and they all die as the water stagnates to become anoxic (BOD?)
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12 Nov 2017, 22:34 #528

That is the first time I read the term anoxic.

My grqvel needed very little solid refuse removed as I had Koi which as you know
descend fron carp that are known poop disturbers.😊 I would sometimes add a charcoal
filter into the impellers just to negate any possibility of liquid chemical waste.
Even though you can recharge charcoal by drying and heating it I found it
more economical to pry open the tiny plastic filters and replace the charcoal.
Really it is pennies a month.

My biggest Koi was a rescue. It waw destined to be pirahna food.
I know all animals have to eat but that is no way to go.
I had two other Butterfly Koi,one black one gold.
Three fish in an aquarium so big we had to move it in by a double window.
Understocking is one of the best ways to ensure a healthy aquarium.

I could gaze for hours at the languid movement of the fish.
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12 Nov 2017, 23:42 #529

Years ago, I had a lakeside summer cottage.
I had a big aquarium.  Each summer, the game was to stock it with a showcase of lake-dwelling life.
I'll say 12 x 16 x 24" long.

We have video of a big conical snail catching and eating a small minnow, tail first.
A Northern Pike the size of a 4" pencil, ambush hunting in the veg.
Crayfish killing minnows by pinching their heads.

Easy to waste(?) a day watching.  People would drop in, just to see the local wildlife in the tank.
The water was pure bacterial poison.  Used ice blocks to try to keep the temp below 70F.
Changing 2/3 of the water every week seemed to help a lot.

Many decades ago, I remember Koi that lived in a pond in a greenhouse.  Under the center bench.
Gloomy, they swam in slow motion.
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13 Nov 2017, 03:00 #530

Robson Valley wrote: Years ago, I had a lakeside summer cottage.
I had a big aquarium.  Each summer, the game was to stock it with a showcase of lake-dwelling life.
I'll say 12 x 16 x 24" long.

We have video of a big conical snail catching and eating a small minnow, tail first.
A Northern Pike the size of a 4" pencil, ambush hunting in the veg.
Crayfish killing minnows by pinching their heads.

Many decades ago, I remember Koi that lived in a pond in a greenhouse.  Under the center bench.
Gloomy, they swam in slow motion.
I would have liked to see that tiny pike hunting.

Koi is definitely not for everyone.
I got into it as I met a man who made his living raising them.
He was one of the shooters at a gun range where I worked.
We only had a chance to talk for a few minutes but
anyone who can drive a Rolls Royce by raising
over sized goldfish gets my attention.

He talked to me of computer supervisation of dissolved oxygen and I was intrigued.
Not so much because it was computer oriented but that such care was taken.
He told me that some people could breed Koi so precisely that they could
predict that the offspring would have a dot in a certain place.
Such doings are not for me but I appreciated it.
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