Browncoats Unite!

Browncoats Unite!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Gathered Some...

Birch bark today from a snag in my Grandpa's woods.


Growing on the snag were about a dozen of these shrooms:




Some friends tell me that the shrooms could be either tinder fungus, birch polypore, or razor strop fungus which can be used as a strop compound, or a plaster for cuts. The birch bark is great stuff, it's got natural combustible oils in it that touch off really easily, even when wet.
PMZ

Billy Cans...

Or cooking vessels made of big and small coffee cans and heavy gauge copper wire.


I know they look awful but I'm sure they'd work all right...I need to season em first though.
PMZ

Antler Bone Needle...

A few nights ago I made an antler-bone needle by carving a tine down really fine and then boring a hole through it using an awl held in the flame of a candle.
Man what a task!
I'll bet those old precolumbian Indian women were always saying "now I wish there was a better way to make needles!"
A pic:


I think it's kinda cool but it needs to be a bit smaller/pointier.
Whaddaya think?
PMZ

ETA: I've since learned that there's easier ways to make needles, by breaking open leg bones and such. Perhaps I'll try to find a carcass since I don't have a permit this year...

Tinder Tubes...

I made some of those little tinder tubes!
Made em out of some scraps of copper tubing from the basement junk pile.
They're pretty small...and I'm afraid I don't have the right type of rope. Might try to find some jute soon...
A pic:


What do you think?
PMZ

ETA: I've since cut two of them down a notch so it's easier to feed the cordage through it.

Kwila Wood Puukko Sheath...

Hey all,
I've been working on some stuff this Break including a Kwila wood Puukko sheath. Kwila wood is a hard, resiny wood from SE Asia, we brought this piece back with us from PNG when I was little. This particular board had had all the sap migrate from one half to the other, so my finished product will be bicolored.
Some pics of the process:Right about now it's sitting in my buddy Al's woodshop with the glue drying. Then we will bevel it, sand it, stain it, and I will wrap it with some sisal or jute and then soak that with glue.
Update to follow...
PMZ

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Hatchet Project Part Tres...

Just finished sanding away at my hatchet some more. This time I enlisted the help of a vibrating-type sander (speedy!:)
A pic of the polished bit reflecting light from the ceiling lamp:
What do you think?
I think it still needs more work...especially on the weird edges.
I also want to rehandle it...time for a trip to the hardware store!
PMZ

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Knife Kits...

Hey all,
At the suggestion of a friend, I put together a couple of "knife survival kits" that attach to the sheaths with cut-up inner tube, like so:
In the kit on the kukri I have:
Aquamira Frontier Water Straw
Aquatabs Purification Tablets, 9 ct.
Proforce Commando Saw
1 of my homemade rustic firesteels (shown below)
1 quart-size ziplock baggie
Approx. 10-15ft OD Green Paracord in a Chris Reeve Coil configuration.

In the kit on the belt knife I have:
Aquatabs, 10ct.
1 quart size ziplock baggie
Approx. 10 ft. OD Green Paracord in a Chris Reeve Coil configuration.
Pretty cool, eh?

Firesteels (only one of these is on the kukri kit):

I think all of these items could come in handy...and best of all, I can use the innertube as a firestarter! (Not EPA approved, lol)...
Cheers,
PMZ

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Gifts (shh...;)...

For my Dad, cousin-in-law, and myself, I ordered three ferrocerium rods from Survival Topics (Christmas Specials rock!:) and added antler and cord. All three came with strikers, so I didn't have to cut up old hacksaw blades.
A pic of the finished product:
Pretty nice, eh?
I thought it'd make a nice gift for both of them (and myself of course;)
PMZ

Project Hatchet Revisited...

Hey All,
I'm back at home for the time being, so I've got a chance to work on some projects, including that of the hatchet sort.
I realized that I needed to spruce the rest of this baby up, not just the edge, so here's what I did:
  • First I sanded it off for a long while using progressively finer-grit sandpaper.
  • Then I used Naval Jelly to remove the rest of the rustiness.
  • After that I kept on sanding it. It still needs to have the rest of the red paint removed, perhaps I will soak it in vinegar like a friend suggested.

A pic:
It's much better than it looks, however it still has some discoloration from the red paint, so I'll continue to work on that and then report back later.
Cheers,
PMZ

Haversack/Possibles Bag Update 4...

Hey All,
I'm back and I'm happy to report that I have upped the cool-factor on my bag.
I've replaced the cloth and leather-insert strap with some heavy-duty cotton webbing. It has a quick-release buckle and two brass keepers.

A pic:
What do you think?
I think the keepers are too tight; I may need to replace them with plastic ladderlock buckles...
PMZ

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Made a net...

Just made my first net the other night, it's kinda cool except for the fact that the bottom edge is sort of ragged, perhaps I'll make another:)




















Nets like this can be used to trap birds and small animals, especially when weighted or rigged to a snare device. This one's made of 550 cord with the guts still in. All I did was tie long, doubled-up strands perpendicular to the top strand utilizing lark's head knots, and tying opposing strands together from side to side in simple overhand knots.
What do you think?
PMZ

Monday, December 1, 2008

Haversack/Possibles Bag Update 2...

Here's the bag's latest rebirth:


After having a belt sewn into its strap and being dyed with RIT Concentrated Dark Brown Dye.

I think it looks a tad more manly now:)

PMZ