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
19 Jan 2018, 01:22
Forum: Hunt/Fish/Trap & Tracking Forum
Topic: Are certain animals unsafe to eat?
Replies: 115
Views: 5.5K

Re: Are certain animals unsafe to eat?

The muscles parts of most wild animals are OK to be cooked and eaten.
Lynx is about as good as rattle snake.  Beaver is as sick-sweet as porcupine.

Lots of animal parts, pieces of the digestive tract and elimination organs,
most likely harbor the biggest parasite loads and the worst flavors.
by Robson Valley
15 Jan 2018, 06:11
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Yukon Copper arrow point found
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Re: Yukon Copper arrow point found

On the east side of Last Mountain Lake, in south central Saskatchewan, is a midden of enormous proportions. Not a fragment of bison bone bigger than a postage stamp. Back in the mid-1950's, a copper knife came.out of that midden.  Trace element analysis said Yukon source. Same deal as following all ...
by Robson Valley
24 Dec 2017, 20:33
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
Replies: 769
Views: 10.1K

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: 392

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: 168

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: 769
Views: 10.1K

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: 769
Views: 10.1K

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: 769
Views: 10.1K

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: 769
Views: 10.1K

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: 769
Views: 10.1K

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: 769
Views: 10.1K

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...
by Robson Valley
21 Dec 2017, 21:53
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
Replies: 769
Views: 10.1K

Re: Decidedly off topic

Put a slab over the light and trim it?   
An auto wrecker for a tail light lens? 
How many shapes and sizes of those things have been made in the past 50 years?
by Robson Valley
21 Dec 2017, 02:19
Forum: Leather, Hides & Tanning
Topic: What if you only have softwood ashes for making lye?
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Re: What if you only have softwood ashes for making lye?

Primary west coast/interior hardwoods could not have really been more that birch and alder in the Boreal Forest Biome.
Further south, maybe a lot less.  What their hydroxide value might have been, no idea.
by Robson Valley
21 Dec 2017, 00:33
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
Replies: 769
Views: 10.1K

Re: Decidedly off topic

Maple would last a lifetime. I carved 70 spoons and 30 forks in birch as a production to sell.  Very durable. The 14" x 1" 3-tined birch fork is the most used prep tool in my kitchen. I carved a bunch of real "quickies" in western red cedar for size and shape first of all. The Kestrel Constant.  I n...
by Robson Valley
20 Dec 2017, 22:15
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
Replies: 769
Views: 10.1K

Re: Decidedly off topic

That's a really spiffy bike.  I guess you get to add the pedals of your choice? I think my bike had at least 2 pedal gears and maybe 5-6 on the rear hub. I never got used to the realm of possibilities and had to glance down to see where the chain was. Two narrow, narrow misses of hitting trees and I...
by Robson Valley
20 Dec 2017, 18:10
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Decidedly off topic
Replies: 769
Views: 10.1K

Re: Decidedly off topic

Best is to take the bark off to speed up water loss just a little from the sides.  Cut the pieces over-length and you cannot totally expect zero cracking.  Wax/paint the ends.  I use glue. Outdoors, under cover and not cooked in a hot shed, common thinking here is to expect wood to dry down to a Equ...
by Robson Valley
19 Dec 2017, 22:52
Forum: Artwork
Topic: Lady with a fan (3d sketch for woodcarving)
Replies: 5
Views: 155

Re: Lady with a fan (3d sketch for woodcarving)

I like it.  I've been wood carving for quite a while.  I see very little detail so you ought to be able to work in clear, straight-grained conifer wood.  I like your model.  I can see that you've already had the chance to think out some of the 3D challenges. You asked for 2 colors.  a)  I say use pi...
by Robson Valley
19 Dec 2017, 03:52
Forum: Bladesmithing/Knifemaking
Topic: Indian Crooked Knife
Replies: 19
Views: 509

Re: Indian Crooked Knife

We got all kinds of crap from the tsunami.  Far more than usual and it's still coming. The Japanese owner actually wanted the bike back, covered with mussels and all. I think he was told to come get it. The Japan Current flows across the Pacific and delivers all sorts of things, 12 months of the yea...
by Robson Valley
18 Dec 2017, 23:48
Forum: Bladesmithing/Knifemaking
Topic: Indian Crooked Knife
Replies: 19
Views: 509

Re: Indian Crooked Knife

Those are excellent references for Mocotaugan-style blades. I've re-hafted my Mocotaugan blade several times, it's still about the most awkward tool on the bench. I keep it as a modern example of the HBC/Sheffield blade trade of the 1700's  but it has little carving value. They are quite a departure...