by Quest for fire
Today, 01:42
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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. I think they did whatever it to...
by Quest for fire
Yesterday, 22:50
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On aerial shots I'll have the bow partially drawn and then fling out the shot quick as necessary. I think they sit the point in a thin bed of hot pitch then whip it on. After that they put on a layer of hot pitch and work it in. At least that is how I think it is done. Pine pitch acts much like a so...
by Quest for fire
Yesterday, 20:54
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A neat place to check out traditional and primitive archery gear is Three Rivers Archery. https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.3riversarchery.com/&ved=0ahUKEwjEzcOUgtPXAhUl9YMKHaWjDZoQFggdMAA&usg=AOvVaw1_bQ2tw5CLJr-vdz9kxAo1 I think they are online only but they must have ...
by Quest for fire
Yesterday, 19:25
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Tracker's spot under the Ashes is relatively free of long grass. He would have everything there from a full moose rib to as you say chunks of mower killer bone. I am going to check out what a small Danby freezer costs. My bigger model has never worked well since an electrician put 240 volts through ...
by Quest for fire
Yesterday, 16:49
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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 s...
by Quest for fire
21 Nov 2017, 20:04
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If I can find my tubing cutter those 2413 shafts will get packed to go to the range tonite. You don't need much concentration to cut them to length. I can handle that and the line at the same time. Some of the arrows need little more than a straightening and fixing a fletch or two before they are re...
by Quest for fire
21 Nov 2017, 18:09
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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'...
by Quest for fire
21 Nov 2017, 14:46
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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 mo...
by Quest for fire
21 Nov 2017, 00:02
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Maybe the cocoa needs the fat in milk to give up it's goodness. Java-mocha is nice. French vanilla-java-mocha is even better. In the past I would sweeten coffee with hot chocolate mix.  I saw some wicked looking broadheads. To me they would not be the best with a light bow for big game. Blunt that t...
by Quest for fire
20 Nov 2017, 21:17
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Did the crew really use that word? Down here here they use words like, "la marde" which is a very mild way of saying the exact same thing. So the deer like their s'toon as well. You have me intrigued with that drawknife from the Home people. I have two excellent drawknives. One a collectible gift. T...
by Quest for fire
20 Nov 2017, 17:27
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Fuh.....fuh......fuh.....,FREEZING!!! What did you think I was going to say?😮😊😮 My bike ride this morning was a treat.😐 Six C. below zero isn't very cold but add the speed of a bike into the equation and the result is definitely dismal.  The brakes,shifters and me were all stiff. I did make the meet...
by Quest for fire
20 Nov 2017, 13:43
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That is unfortunate about the obstacle. I presume it is not an advertisement. Can you describe it? I think you want 5/16ths at least on the small end. Shoots may contract during the drying period. The smallest traditional points are 1/4 but are hard to come by. If you are using primitive points you ...
by Quest for fire
19 Nov 2017, 23:51
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"On ést courageux" another biker yelled at me. There is little doubt he was saying we are courageous. I don't know about courageous but scraping the ice off a bicycle seat sure takes more cojonés than brains. 😮 I should have slapped the seat as is now remembered as the best way to dislodge ice.🤔 The...
by Quest for fire
19 Nov 2017, 21:46
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It depends on your drawlength. If you are six feet or under then thirty inches should suffice. Better two inches too long than a quarter inch too short. I always cut them overlong anyway so I can sight down the shaft once cut. That way if there is a kick to one side at one end or the other it can be...
by Quest for fire
19 Nov 2017, 20:15
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Diameter depends upon spine and durability. Really I do not know much about shoot arrows having only made a few for fun. Static spine is how much it takes to flex a bare shaft. I use 50-55 pounds spine but could get away with 45-50. It would be hard to describe what that feels like between your hand...
by Quest for fire
19 Nov 2017, 19:18
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I love griddle cooking as well. They have an aluminum model up here. Not only has it the temerity to be aluminum,it is nonstick as well. Nothing wrong with nonstick as long as it knows it's place. My neighbor had a griddle top that may have been part of an old stove. I say that due to the fact there...
by Quest for fire
19 Nov 2017, 15:37
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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...
by Quest for fire
18 Nov 2017, 15:19
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It wasn't a bad night at the range Thursday. A bit of a cold,rainy ride in but once in the doors of the center all was well. It doesn't take long to set up the equipment even if one member didn't help out too much. Unless his idea of helping out was kicking a soccer ball around.🙄 I always overheat s...
by Quest for fire
17 Nov 2017, 19:30
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It hasn't been fun looking for food with no preservatives. Now that I have found some things are getting easier. Take bread for instance. In a grocery bag waiting for me is a nice baguette with no artificial colors,flavors or preservatives. In the kitchen is a lovely cheese bread with lots of cheese...
by Quest for fire
17 Nov 2017, 14:33
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Tracker's late night treat was given,as usual,after I eat. It is a rare occurence that he gets fed while I eat. As per your suggestion his latest treat was given almost grudgingly. The question passed between us as to whether he had truly warranted it. The somewhat good part is that he at least know...