by Forager
30 Dec 2017, 01:21
Forum: Flintknapping - General Discussion
Topic: BEWARE of the INSTITUTE OF FIELD RESEARCH (IFR)
Replies: 28
Views: 988

Re: BEWARE of the INSTITUTE OF FIELD RESEARCH (IFR)

NewbowPA has spoken well.  Well-practiced flintknappers who've worked a great variety of stones, including the marginal and even 'unworkable' stones recognise on sight the properties and superficial signatures of deliberate fracture toward the intent of creating a tool.  It is unlikely but not impos...
by Forager
29 Dec 2017, 14:43
Forum: Books and Media Reviews
Topic: The 10,000 Year Explosion
Replies: 1
Views: 56

The 10,000 Year Explosion

The 10,000 Year Explosion by Cochran and Harpending offers some fascinating and challenging insights into the evidence for our ongoing evolution as a species.  The authors furnish ample genetically resourced details to substantiate their proposal that our development has accelerated since the Mesoli...
by Forager
25 Dec 2017, 01:57
Forum: Books and Media Reviews
Topic: D.C. Waldorf`s Guide to the flint daggers of ...
Replies: 5
Views: 1.9K

Re: D.C. Waldorf`s Guide to the flint daggers of ...

Edited by deletion in order to correctly place my comment on a different book... still trying to figure out the new format here.
by Forager
24 Dec 2017, 17:21
Forum: Edible/Useful Plants and Primitive Cooking
Topic: sumac cones
Replies: 33
Views: 702

Re: sumac cones

"I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to double that time?"

-Sir Walter Scott
by Forager
24 Dec 2017, 06:34
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: A canoe question.
Replies: 20
Views: 392

Re: A canoe question.

I've got good memories from '74 also.  Bought my first J. S. Bach LPs, learned how to rebuild an MG, got permanently serious about following Thoreau.  The MGs are now memories but B and T each continue to endow my life with their own distinctive richness. To count the numbers, was it really nearly 4...
by Forager
23 Dec 2017, 02:17
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: A canoe question.
Replies: 20
Views: 392

Re: A canoe question.

'Dry bags' are made of durable material, can be filled or rolled down to enclose variable volumes of stored contents and come in a range of sizes.  They also float even when filled (observed from whitewater experience) and once back ashore the contents will be dry.  They also may be buckled around a...
by Forager
23 Dec 2017, 02:00
Forum: Edible/Useful Plants and Primitive Cooking
Topic: sumac cones
Replies: 33
Views: 702

Re: sumac cones

I tip my field hat to WA for pulling me back into the discussion, and express grateful appreciation to Quills and DuxDawg for the kind references to my previously incessant drivel.  Thanks Friends. The format changes were more than disruptive to me, they are an ocular abrasive.  The absence of Banne...
by Forager
20 Dec 2017, 03:18
Forum: Edible/Useful Plants and Primitive Cooking
Topic: sumac cones
Replies: 33
Views: 702

Re: sumac cones

WA, no need to wait until spring... keep an eye on your mailbox.
by Forager
02 Dec 2017, 02:09
Forum: Old-Tool/Aboriginal Knapping
Topic: Just a hello
Replies: 4
Views: 144

Re: Just a hello

Terrific work Glenn.  Few would dare to smack volcanic (or other) glass with another stone, yet we behold the result.

...Might I be so bold as to request a w/t ratio?  It looks as thin as a whisper uttered in silence. 
by Forager
19 Sep 2017, 20:19
Forum: Old-Tool/Aboriginal Knapping
Topic: What Have You Knapped Today?
Replies: 51
Views: 2.4K

Re: What Have You Knapped Today?

Very nice work nogie.  
Pete generally keeps company with big deer, and he works horrific stone which calls for robust tools.  The lore is that he'd previously used his thumbnail but needed something which delivered less trauma to the stone, hence the ulna. 
by Forager
18 Sep 2017, 00:09
Forum: Artwork
Topic: Nature.
Replies: 176
Views: 4.7K

Re: Nature.

Jim thanks for sharing this video, I agree with Michael - nothing crappy about it.  That other one you made a few years back was great as well, is it still available for viewing?
by Forager
18 Sep 2017, 00:06
Forum: Old-Tool/Aboriginal Knapping
Topic: Savannah River bases
Replies: 20
Views: 585

Re: Savannah River bases

turbo I peek in but comment less.  Don't care for the current format, feel the losses of a long log of PMs and photo galleries from the abrupt switch, and the current visual layout is hard on my eyes.  The people are cool and the subject is solid but the environment feels sterile and unfriendly.  Ha...
by Forager
17 Sep 2017, 23:47
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Pirogue that I made...
Replies: 9
Views: 201

Re: Pirogue that I made...

In my small experience with this medium I found that as is the case with canoeing (I kneel braced against the seat rather than sit) and kayaking, balance is established in a low center of gravity from the hips; when poling while standing my balance also was from the hips, with widely spaced feet tow...
by Forager
17 Sep 2017, 21:17
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Pirogue that I made...
Replies: 9
Views: 201

Re: Pirogue that I made...

I have poled on shallow portions of river which I have canoed, both up stream and down-river in slow to moderate currents.  When you try it with a long pole you'll be surprised at how very stable this position is in practice.
by Forager
16 Sep 2017, 21:59
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Pirogue that I made...
Replies: 9
Views: 201

Re: Pirogue that I made...

Quite the accomplishment Harold, and a pleasing design.  What do you think of its conveyance?
by Forager
16 Sep 2017, 20:28
Forum: Edible/Useful Plants and Primitive Cooking
Topic: Summer Foraging
Replies: 50
Views: 1.3K

Re: Summer Foraging

Thank you DD for your kind appraisal.  It's been fun to be able to share.
by Forager
16 Sep 2017, 20:26
Forum: Edible/Useful Plants and Primitive Cooking
Topic: potted Purslane
Replies: 16
Views: 276

Re: potted Purslane

I enjoy it fresh as an addition to salad.  I'll also stir still-steaming boiled cubes of red potatoes over Purslane mixed with other fresh wild greens and cover this with a lid until it's cooled to room temperature - this wilts the greens enough to make them a bit more tender while preserving their ...
by Forager
05 Sep 2017, 03:09
Forum: Edible/Useful Plants and Primitive Cooking
Topic: Resources For Foraging Food And Healing
Replies: 3
Views: 70

Re: Resources For Foraging Food And Healing

DD, James Duke is a world class botanist with a legacy spanning many decades.   He wrote the USDA database which remains a vast resource of easily accessible nutritional and phytochemical information.  I've enjoyed numerous exchanges with him (email is better than the phone due to his deeply Souther...
by Forager
05 Sep 2017, 00:27
Forum: Edible/Useful Plants and Primitive Cooking
Topic: Found three Hawthorns today.
Replies: 10
Views: 132

Re: Found three Hawthorns today.

Nice find!  But by all means taste them first, before you commit to a large scale project like preserves.  Haws are notoriously variable and can range in flavor from a delightful surprise (rare in my experience) to an offensive insult (quite the norm).  If you find them sub-optimal, usually the firs...
by Forager
03 Sep 2017, 21:02
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Unable to access PMs
Replies: 53
Views: 582

Re: Unable to access PMs

Not happening for me, but I claim no proficiency in this medium.