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    Making stuff, hunting, rock climbing, philosophy, general adventure seeker.

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  1. I do love ironwood. It has such interesting and complex grain. How are you cutting the grooves in the bolster?
  2. Yes. There is no cellphone service on our lot and coverage is spotty throughout the area. That depends on how you define "fortune". The sad truth is we could have bought one of several already finished homes in the area with outbuildings for about the same or less than what we have invested so far, but that just wouldn't be the same.
  3. It's been about two years since I did any serious carving and my skills have gotten slack. This Dirk was the last thing I did and that was in 2022..... So, it's start all over again. Anyway, This piece had too many mistakes and I decided not to spend much more time on it. A light sanding at 320 and some stain to see how it turned out and I'll do another piece.
  4. It's kind of a long thread that has now spanned 7 years, but I know exactly how you feel. The winters are even milder than those in Wyoming.
  5. Another arrow Julian is thrilled and for a good reason. He is holding a perfectly preserved 1400-year-old arrow in his hands, which we recovered in 2019 near the melting ice in the Jotunheimen Mountains, Norway. The arrow looks like it was lost yesterday! This type of socketed arrowhead is rare among our ice finds. Normally our iron arrowheads have tangs that fit into the front end of the shafts. But there's always an exception to the rule! We have recovered more than 200 arrows from the ice in Innlandet County, with the earliest dating back 6000 years. Most of the arrows are from the Late Iron Age, around 1400-1000 years old. They were lost during reindeer hunting on the ice.
  6. Anyway, yesterday I was putting the grace lines in the knotwork.
  7. What really bothers me is that I made myself a set of carving chisels/knives in 2022 that are packed up in a box somewhere...... Yeah, right now I'm just using hand tools. The rotary tools are for roughing out some stuff I plan to try on antler. Petr Floriniak does a lot of his stuff with rotary tools and finishes up with hand tools. If you have never seen his work, this is an example: Cool stuff! I used to have an Opinel pocket knife. They are good, handy kit. @Carlos Lara Thanks for the insight.
  8. Out of pure curiosity, why did you settle on Wyoming?
  9. Dick, There is a gap between the wood pile and the wall of about 2 inches. The deck is also made of redwood which is natuarally pest and rot resistant. That is a log splitter under the deck. It's Liz's new toy. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1f5lszXWQNkpTCJgm-GuISdJ7vVgaDp9P/view?usp=sharing
  10. Got the furring installed and will hang the drywall next trip out. We also bought a logsplitter and started splitting, barking, and stacking some cordwood.
  11. Some minor progress to report. This is slow going.
  12. OK. I have used the fly cutter to cut nail nicks and always had questionable results. Now I see this and I'm like DOH! Thank you for that.
  13. Anyone going to do the KITH this year?
  14. Yeah the bits that came with the tool are more for stone and metals. It did come with some saw blades and one round burr. I have plenty of rotary bits for wood and other stuff.
  15. With the shop all packed up and everything suddenly changing from the original plan, I am looking at finding something to do with myself during the bursts of downtime for the next couple of months. So I decided to learn a new skill, or expand on my limited skills, however you want to look at it, in carving. There are some great carvers that have graced this forum whose work I greatly admire and would very much like to emulate to some degree. So without hesitation I would like to begin by thanking a few of them for the inspiration along the way. Jake Cleland, Adam Weller, and Petr Floriniak are the top three that come to mind. I hope none of you mind me copying some of your work because I think the best way to learn is by doing what others have done before me. As always, if anyone has any tips, suggestions, or criticisms along the way, don't be shy about speaking up. The last time I went out to New Mexico, I cut up some rock maple into small handle sized pieces to use for practice. I would have gotten some antler, but I gave away all my North American antler (I don't like that stuff) and the other stag antler I own is packed away in a box somewhere. I pulled out the 6x48 sander and went to town at 60 & 120 to take the corners off and smotth them out a bit. Then I finished 4 of them to 220 by hand. I also bought a small set of carving knives as my set of larger ones is also in a box somewhere and I could always use some small ones right? I also bought two of these little battery powered rotary tools and found my box of rotary bits. Now to check my inspiration folder for some pics of stuff I'd like to try. Thanks for following along.
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