by Robson Valley
Today, 03:02
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
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Sometimes, corrals were built of logs, hidden in bluffs of trees. Trap some bison and spear them. Bison are mean, nasty, fast and very athletic, unlike a cow. Given the post-glacial sedimentary character of the landscape, cliff-like drop offs were made by erosion. The stone cairns are almost all gon...
by Robson Valley
Today, 00:10
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
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Bow rosin.  Maybe I got really old pieces, I can't dent either of them with a fingernail.
I wonder what First Nations "really" did with their arrow making?
I'm thinking that bison hunting wasn't one of them.  Tribal warfare?
I want a jump and a 6' flint-tipped spear.
by Robson Valley
Yesterday, 22:22
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
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For me, there's a hopeless sort of "Hail Mary" shot in trap at a clay going hard right. Just a reflexive sweep in the plane of the clay and pull the trigger.  I'll say 70% breaks! Any pause at all to think about it and it's a clean miss. I could harvest spruce 'gum' off my front yard trees.  Especia...
by Robson Valley
Yesterday, 17:52
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
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That's how it goes.  Just talking to people sometimes brings up the possibility of food. To me, bear is kind of porky, so apple sauce, etc. seems right. Pounded out chops to make schnitzels with plum sauce? I grew a bunch of date palm trees from seed (the grocery store Medjool dates). I gave about 6...
by Robson Valley
Yesterday, 00:42
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
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The cat has submarined under the bed covers.  I can't hear her snoring any more. Hope they find those poor guys in that Argentinian submarine.  They quiet, too. Time to boil the kettle and feed her 3 shrimp.  Slurp for me and get the venison cut for supper. Still time to run the dishwasher as I'm sh...
by Robson Valley
21 Nov 2017, 16:28
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
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Fourteen dollars per dozen is a really good price.  3.5" x 12ga steel BBB goose loads are close to $2 each. Eight or ten shots and my shoulder is done for the day. It's uncommon to find our grouse up in trees except near dark to roost for the night. I have very little experience with turkeys but I'm...
by Robson Valley
21 Nov 2017, 06:15
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
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Interesting shapes. I cannot believe that those are lost-wax castings. I see those facets and imagine that they are sweeps done by high-speed grindings. Start with a really fat, rusted file, torch it and grind most surfaces. I would really like to take a bird/bow hunter out on my district. Never mor...
by Robson Valley
20 Nov 2017, 22:19
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
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Coffee: I meant to say they we even have a coffee bean roasting business in the village!   Quite good stuff, I like the dark roasts. Somewhere, I got the notion that a tsp of straight cocoa powder in a cup of coffee was supposed  to be a good thing to do.  After a month, I quit, saw now differences ...
by Robson Valley
20 Nov 2017, 22:05
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
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Yeah, they did use the 's' word.  No dispute about what they meant. HWY #16 here is a lot of ups and downs and really windy/curvey.  Couple of grades are more than 5km long. Don't mix up draw knife with spoke shave.  Very different tools. I like my 10" Stubai draw knife.  Good to make a round pole o...
by Robson Valley
20 Nov 2017, 17:34
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
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Thanks for the cross talk reminder.
Venison Farmer's sausage tonight, must take some out.

You need to live in S'toon to be allowed to use S'toon.
I went over the wall in 1968.
by Robson Valley
20 Nov 2017, 17:32
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
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GM Quest.  We have 10/10 sunshine this morning.  Done with the gloomy blizzards for a few days, I hope. When you get a public notice from the highways crew = " The roads are real shitty right now."  Best to heed. West Twin is a Fraser tributary maybe 20 miles west of us, WX station there.  total by ...
by Robson Valley
20 Nov 2017, 03:37
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
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OK, I will wait until better WX and see what I can cut 34" with the small end 1/4".
High time those bushes got pruned anyway.

I seem to be having an obstacle put in front of me by Tapatalk for my reply.
by Robson Valley
20 Nov 2017, 03:31
Forum: Camp & Shelter
Topic: California, Pit River pithouse design?
Replies: 48
Views: 762

Re: California, Pit River pithouse design?

The small sweat houses with bent-wood frames are used east of me for ceremonial purposes. They are erected as needed.   Not so much space to be heated. The images with the big logs look to me like ordinary pit houses, meant to last many winters. A common design is 4 vertical posts to represent the 4...
by Robson Valley
19 Nov 2017, 21:22
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
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How long do they need to be?  I have several spoke shaves, a Stubai carver's draw knife and a couple dozen crooked knives for carving.

Might be stormy all week but if not, I can cut some to fool with.
by Robson Valley
19 Nov 2017, 19:39
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
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Might be some venison Farmer's sausage slices, rebaked spuds and sort of stirfry veg tonight. We have at least 2 different local varieties of Saskatoon bush = Amelanchier alnifolia. One is a very open shrubby habit. The other sort (4 examples) makes 4' straight upright woody stems. I bet I could cut...
by Robson Valley
19 Nov 2017, 16:52
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
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We have a branch-busting, wet snow blizzard happening.  Big wind, maybe 0C/32F and gobs of wet snow going past the windows like bullets. Wood has several major components.  The long fiber is the cellulose.  Mixed with that to hold it together are the "pectic substances."  Like rebar in concrete.  Lo...
by Robson Valley
19 Nov 2017, 16:34
Forum: Camp & Shelter
Topic: California, Pit River pithouse design?
Replies: 48
Views: 762

Re: California, Pit River pithouse design?

ramatush:  thanks.  That's a great read.  p211-213 describes their food diversity in that ecological district. The pit house shape, design and depth are what I'd call average.  Winter living.  No specific detail of temperature but it could never be as bad (-40F) as here.  Pit houses here are 3-6' de...
by Robson Valley
19 Nov 2017, 06:30
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Anyone heard of ranger Beads?
Replies: 6
Views: 178

Re: Anyone heard of ranger Beads?

GPS needs juice.  Dead batteries can't help. GPS does not work very well here.  The mountain forests are usually too wet and the valley sides are too steep to "see" enough signals. Learn the map.  Use an extremely good compass like the Brunton Eclipse 8099. Only a half dozen roads.  So retracing you...
by Robson Valley
19 Nov 2017, 03:17
Forum: Camp & Shelter
Topic: California, Pit River pithouse design?
Replies: 48
Views: 762

Re: California, Pit River pithouse design?

"Sweats" are important and permanent structures in every village.  Their ceremonial value is too great to denigrate as some shabby hobo hut. They do look like pit houses because they are ceremonial pit houses. There are others erected as circumstance requires. As you might expect, they are not notio...
by Robson Valley
18 Nov 2017, 17:17
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
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There's a lot of feathers on a grouse.  With colder weather, 0C and below, the grouse puff up like small basketballs. Not a whole lot of bird in the middle!  If I could consistently hit a large grapefruit at 10m, I would be pleased. No idea if that's an unattainable skill or not. You would think so ...