by Robson Valley
14 Feb 2018, 17:44
Forum: Metal Working
Topic: Copper Axe Experiment
Replies: 33
Views: 21.3K

Re: Copper Axe Experiment

I forged a few copper knife blades from 1/4" copper rod.  Could hardly skin a carrot with any of them. Knowing how poor my striking accuracy is and having a poor heat source, I found a black smith to  forge some adze blades.  I hafted those in the manner of a D-adze, a popular wood carving tool Here...
by Robson Valley
07 Feb 2018, 22:40
Forum: Woodworking - Hand Tools
Topic: couple more food shovels
Replies: 12
Views: 229

Re: couple more food shovels

I'd eat with either one.  They look useful for granular things like rice and beans and other seed foods.
Lumpy stuff like bison stew.

Once again, clearly unique handle patterns from your imagination!   Thanks.
by Robson Valley
07 Feb 2018, 16:56
Forum: Pottery, Basketry & Fiber-arts
Topic: Waterproofing pottery
Replies: 23
Views: 549

Re: Waterproofing pottery

Probably depends upon the age of the pottery.  I can't recall if it was goat's milk or not.  
The amino acid sequences in the proteins should give it away.  
Not a new world artifact, much older and continental.
In any case, I'd want the inner surface waterproofed first.
by Robson Valley
06 Feb 2018, 16:39
Forum: Woodworking - Hand Tools
Topic: How to give a cool look to wood ;-)
Replies: 9
Views: 887

Re: How to give a cool look to wood ;-)

Spalting can be created, transferred, using fungus infected pieces of scrap & shavings in a plastic bag with the fresh wood and damp/wet conditions.

I believe that it is particularly important to protect you and your lungs from the fungus dust raised by working with spalted woods.
by Robson Valley
01 Feb 2018, 20:33
Forum: Pottery, Basketry & Fiber-arts
Topic: Waterproofing pottery
Replies: 23
Views: 549

Re: Waterproofing pottery

Somewhere recently, I've read that milk (casein) was used to waterproof pots (ScienceDaily.com?)
by Robson Valley
26 Jan 2018, 23:26
Forum: Leather, Hides & Tanning
Topic: Tanning bison for pulley belts
Replies: 11
Views: 257

Re: Tanning bison for pulley belts

There's a string of museums across western Canada, full of old machinery and other memorabilia. eg Western Development Museum (Saskatoon). Plus, I know we have lots of B&W family pictures of exactly that style of threshing time, stooks and all. While I can remember the rubber/canvas(?) belts, I can'...
by Robson Valley
25 Jan 2018, 22:34
Forum: Edible/Useful Plants and Primitive Cooking
Topic: Do you reseed when you harvest?
Replies: 31
Views: 989

Re: Do you reseed when you harvest?

I figure if you believe that the mix of flavors would work, then try it. I can't be told what's "verboten" in my food. My bread formula is 75% AP flour and 25% Best-for-Bread multi grain mix because I like the taste. I feed the yeastie-beasties 2 tbsp brown sugar to wake them up.  Must be a little l...
by Robson Valley
24 Jan 2018, 19:58
Forum: Edible/Useful Plants and Primitive Cooking
Topic: Do you reseed when you harvest?
Replies: 31
Views: 989

Re: Do you reseed when you harvest?

Concorde is another species of Vitis (grape) as well.  I've got a Concorde to be dug up and tossed this summer. Nowhere near as productive or as tasty as the V. riparia.  Sort of frost tolerant but I just might not have the degree-days over the summer to get much to happen. Jelly.  For health issues...
by Robson Valley
23 Jan 2018, 19:57
Forum: Fire Making
Topic: Alianthus or Tree of Heaven
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: Alianthus or Tree of Heaven

The wood has been used for culinary charcoal.  The Wikipedia entry suggests that it is not toxic.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ailanthus_altissima
by Robson Valley
23 Jan 2018, 00:06
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Yukon Copper arrow point found
Replies: 11
Views: 261

Re: Yukon Copper arrow point found

The archaeologists do exercise some caution.  Never seems to fit the CBC!

Making some copper items myself, I have a far greater appreciation for the skills of that bladesmith.
The greater disappointment is in the kitchen.    Flint and obsidian are remarkable materials.
by Robson Valley
19 Jan 2018, 22:31
Forum: Musical Instrument Tutorial Section
Topic: Cedar didgeridoo "buildalong"...
Replies: 22
Views: 7.0K

Re: Cedar didgeridoo

In British Columbia, you will find western red cedar growing in two north/south distributions. The first is along the west-facing side of the coast mountains range, right into tide-water. The second is along the west facing slope of the Rocky Mountains of the interior. The coastal cedars are normall...
by Robson Valley
24 Dec 2017, 20:33
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
Replies: 771
Views: 10.2K

Re: Decidedly off topic

Well, I bought a Breville smoker gun.  Will let you all know how it works. I have lots of really good apple wood.  I have some that's bitter so you have to try every tree. In a smoker BBQ, you cut away the rock rack so the smoke dish sits right on the burner, never above it. All the meat goes on the...
by Robson Valley
24 Dec 2017, 16:34
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: A canoe question.
Replies: 20
Views: 417

Re: A canoe question.

I'm guessing that I'm a lot older.  I had fabulous outdoor summer jobs during my undergraduate years, mid 1960's. Was always working out of boats in northern Canada fisheries research. Some times wooden buildings, sometimes canvas camps. From National Parks to fly-in to the middle of nowhere on the ...
by Robson Valley
23 Dec 2017, 22:00
Forum: Leather, Hides & Tanning
Topic: Looking for a big buckle!
Replies: 8
Views: 174

Re: Looking for a big buckle!

Bigger buckles have always been cowboy trophy buckles.
I was told once that if the buckle doesn't hurt when you sit down, it isn't big enough.
by Robson Valley
23 Dec 2017, 05:50
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
Replies: 771
Views: 10.2K

Re: Decidedly off topic

All told, I've run approx. 20 BBQ grills over the years.  I really like that concept to add some fairly cold smoke to meats cooked in the house. They just don't have the kick that some apple wood smoke adds to chickens, ribs, whatever. I bought Liquid Smoke and used it once = XXX bitter. Price: Any ...
by Robson Valley
23 Dec 2017, 04:33
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
Replies: 771
Views: 10.2K

Re: Decidedly off topic

I gave up on geese and ducks.  It got harder and harder to feed that taste to both family and company. When I could walk easily, I've been an upland game bird hunter since I was a kid. Given the spectrum of game birds in western Canada, I'll take the Ruffed grouse, any time. Some years, it's been a ...
by Robson Valley
22 Dec 2017, 17:22
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
Replies: 771
Views: 10.2K

Re: Decidedly off topic

Letting the air out of a Canada goose is a serious matter. All of a sudden, you have a 7-9kg lump of meat doing 75kph with all the aerodynamics of a Black Forest ham. Twice, I've nearly been hit.  Would have maimed me badly. Lots of Gato Negro out here.  Cono Sur puts out a similar drink, Tocornal. ...
by Robson Valley
22 Dec 2017, 04:36
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
Replies: 771
Views: 10.2K

Re: Decidedly off topic

Gato Negro Cab Sauv is one of my all time favorites.  One glass for supper, no more. Dry Onion soup mix, 2 cans conc mushroom soup, 1 can red wine, 1 can white wine. Thyme, oregano, basil, coarse pepper.  2 tsp each.  Stir,  chunk 3lbs meat into 1" cubes, stir that in. cook covered 300F for 3 hours,...
by Robson Valley
22 Dec 2017, 02:53
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
Replies: 771
Views: 10.2K

Re: Decidedly off topic

Good.  When you find a brand that you like, buy several.  That's the economical way to shop. Maybe 2 meals plus other stuff for $5?  I like that. My grocery store is out of all kinds of stuff I had hoped to buy.  The list items are getting rolled over week after week and I'm told that the city is no...
by Robson Valley
22 Dec 2017, 00:15
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
Replies: 771
Views: 10.2K

Re: Decidedly off topic

After I feed the cat, I forgot to think about what I should have for supper, myself! That pie looks excellent. For years, I didn't eat any salmon.  Maybe pick at it but no big feeds. Couple of years back, I was served some Coho and decided that it was OK. I used to buy chicken and turkey pies for ho...