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  1. 22 hours ago, Alveprins said:

    I assume you've invested in Starlink for internet?

    Yes. There is no cellphone service on our lot and coverage is spotty throughout the area.


    22 hours ago, Alveprins said:

    Building all of that from scratch must've cost a small fortune though.

    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.

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  2. 14 hours ago, Dick Sexstone said:

    I thought you knew how to do this

    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.....


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    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.




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  3. 20 hours ago, Alveprins said:

    Also - neighbors are few and far between, which is also a huge plus. We wish to be as far away from "people" as possible.

    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.

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  4. 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.


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  5. 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......


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    On 7/13/2024 at 7:02 AM, Dick Sexstone said:

    I think rotary bits are not going to give you the sharp lines you are imagining

    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:


    Handle carvings.jpg


    On 7/13/2024 at 10:50 AM, DanM said:

    Take a look at this site with chip carved handles...

    Cool stuff! I used to have an Opinel pocket knife. They are good, handy kit.


    @Carlos Lara Thanks for the insight.

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  6. Got the furring installed and will hang the drywall next trip out.

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    We also bought a logsplitter and started splitting, barking, and stacking some cordwood.





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  7. On 7/8/2024 at 12:42 PM, Dick Sexstone said:

    I should add that the nick is  cut while the blade is still flat…..before grinding to shape…


    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.

  8. 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.


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    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.


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    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?


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    I also bought two of these little battery powered rotary tools and found my box of rotary bits.


    Mini-Graver V2.jpg


    Now to check my inspiration folder for some pics of stuff I'd like to try.

    Thanks for following along.

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  9. 1 hour ago, dragoncutlery said:

    Unfortunately not every type of wood will take enough stabilising resin to sink like a stone but if the color didn't penitrate then most likely neather did the resin

    Then don't try stabilizing it. It's already dense enough that it probably doesn't need stabilization.

    Some woods are already so dense, they cannot be stabilized at all. Ironwood and purpleheart both come to mind.

    Ironwood doesn't float at all.

  10. I bought a 20# ingot of silicon bronze a few years back and some sand casting equipment. Sand casting is very inexpensive and not a deep hole so much as a divot in the road. I have made several pieces with sand cast bronze fittings. It's quite enjoyable. I just sawed off a chunk and then cut smaller pieces to put in a melting dish. The O/A torch and any Delft clay setup will get you where you need to be. The hardest part is making the model, but it can be made from almost anything. Wood and wax are my primary modeling bases.

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  11. There is of course, the option of making a head for the handle that is also backwards.........

    Consider it an exercise in Heyoka medicine.

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  12. Yeah. So many people are claiming to be satbilizing wood these days, and so many of them haven't a clue how to do it properly.

    A word of advice when purchasing from a new and unknown supplier. Buy just one or two pieces and  check them before cutting into them.

    A fully stabilized piec of wood sinks like a stone in a bucket of water. Any bouyancy at all means the stabilization is not complete.

  13. I have the Weurtz Machine works surface grinder attachment for my KMG. Travis designed it for doing exactly what you are trying to achieve.

    My chuck table attaches to the tooling arm in a bracket. (photo here) It's pretty easy to bevel the table to the wheel axis with a flat plate and a shim. You could do the same thing with the Ameriblade by shimming under the bolts, but then you would need to retrue the chuck every time when you wanted to go back to parallel. Unless you could trust it to return to the same spot when you removed the shims and retightened the bolts.


    It looks like @Bob Ouellette has the only easy option for this table.

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  14. 4 hours ago, Dick Sexstone said:

    I can imagine you had some words with that insulation putting it up by yourself…

    Yeah that's for sure. I only showed the pics where it looks really neat.....


  15. 12 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

    It's the humidity!

    Do you have any idea what 113 and 15% humidity does to your sinus cavity?

    You simply cannot drink enough water.


    I have stepped foot in every state in the lower 48 and I can say with cetainty, that with very few exceptions, no matter where you are the weather sucks for 3-6 months out of the year.

    So just pick what king of crappy weather you can deal with.

    3 hours ago, Dick Sexstone said:

    Days are getting shorter now Alan….. you can’t stop it …..My Kingdom for the first frost….. ha ha ha 

    Winter is coming......


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  16. On 6/16/2024 at 11:46 AM, Alan Longmire said:

    I'm not a fan of summer.


    11 hours ago, billyO said:

    I feel your pain... This is the main reason I'm putting off moving back to the Midwest.


    Pfft....rookie numbers

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