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Monday, June 29, 2009

Paracord Rifle Sling...

I made a paracord rifle sling last night for my Mossy using a doubled daisy chain braid.
These don't have to be made of paracord but it's the strongest and most multi-purpose:


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Birch Bark Knife Sheath Make-Along:

Cross-Posted from BCUSA:

I ran across this tonight...
YouTube - bushcraft, birch bark knife sheath:

(Thank You Fredde for such a great idea!:)
And then this:

So I decided to have a go at it.

Unfortunately the pieces of wood I used were twisted and hard to align so I had to mix a bit of the modern in with the primitive...using electrical tape to keep em nice and tight.

Pics of the harvesting field:

I sat out there and honed my axe to a keen edge with some 600 and 1500 grit sandpaper, whilst having a smoke to keep the skeeters at bay.

On the way in I had noted a couple of key places where there were birch large enough to score...I knew there wasn't a whole lot of white birch around here but I figured hey, I'll give it a go:

None of these were big enough for my needs, nor did I want to stunt or risk damaging young birch saplings, which are fairly rare in this area. So I moved on...back out the way I came.

Then I found it...and denuded it.

No worries though, I took good care not to score the cambium much at all. If anything will be a problem for it, I'd think it would be the ants.

My birch bark roll:

Back at home I split some seasoned birch and carved it to shape. I started to use some cherry I'd cut from a standing snag the other day but unfortunately it was pretty damp and also too small.
These steps I did outside but when it got too buggy and dark to see I went indoors:

One side (almost) finished!

This is (roughly) how I folded the inner vertical layer of bark.

I ended up trimming it a lot more though so I could manageably wrap it.

From the tinder shavings a shrafty sheath shall be born:

I know, I know, a pretty rudimentary job. But it holds like a tiger's claw and weighs next to nothing. I'm very impressed. The retention on this thing is incredible for such a primitive piece. I shook it upside down for several seconds (hard) and it never wiggled. It snaps in nicely but I don't understand why or how. Who needs Kydex anyway? LOL!


Moose-Antler Firesteels...

I made these recently using some moose antler a friend from Canada sent me:)

Thanks bud!

Kwila Wood Puukko Sheath Update 3...

Update to the Kwila Wood Puukko sheath (slideshow):

And I just recently added a better, stronger, more handsome (I think) frog and braided belt tie with antler bead:



Not just a semi-euphematic naughty word used by a wascally wabbitt...
It's the greatest natural tea known to man lol!
Well at least the tastiest...aside from mint of course.

This page gives the following info on the medicinal uses of sassafras:
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---Medicinal Action and Uses---Aromatic, stimulant, diaphoretic, alterative. It is rarely given alone, but is often combined with guaiacum or sarsaparilla in chronic rheumatism, syphilis, and skin diseases.
The oil is said to relieve the pain caused by menstrual obstructions, and pain following parturition, in doses of 5 to 10 drops on sugar, the same dose having been found useful in gleet and gonorrhoea.
Safrol is found to be slowly absorbed from the alimentary canal, escaping through the lungs unaltered, and through the kidneys oxidized into piperonalic acid.
A teaspoonful of the oil produced vomiting, dilated pupils, stupor and collapse in a young man.
It is used as a local application for wens and for rheumatic pains, and it has been praised as a dental disinfectant.
Its use has caused abortion in several cases.
Dr. Shelby of Huntsville stated that it would both prevent and remove the injurious effects of tobacco.
A lotion of rose-water or distilled water, with Sassafras Pith, filtered after standing for four hours, is recommended for the eyes.
---Dosage---Of fluid extract, 1/2 to 1 drachm. Of Sassafras bark, 1 to 2 drachms. Of oil of Sassafras, 1 to 5 drops. Mucilage, U.S.P., 4 drachms.
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I prefer it as a tea myself. Chop up a couple of teaspoonsfull of root into small slivers and add a teapot of boiling water. Boil for a minute or two and you'll have it--the nectar of the gods! LOL...

What it looks like:
Sometimes the leaves are bi-lobed rather than tri-lobed and sometimes they aren't lobed at all. But it's very easy to distinguish. The bark is orangy-brown and the roots are generally a strange spreading taproot or tuber which goes straight down and then ends up shooting sideways. They can be tough to rip up when they get bigger so be sure to harvest smaller plants. Digging these things up (esp. in rocky soil) is a b****...BTW please ignore the stems and roots in my hand there...those are not sassafras, but thistle tubers which I intended to eat but never did.

Here's a usable plant:

Which I promptly dug up and took home:D

Go see if you can find some!

ETA: Apparently Sassafras also has anti-pest properties. Try drinking (as a friend on BCUSA kindly shared) "a glass a day for a week" and see if chiggers, oatslice and mosquitoes don't avoid you.
(Thanks guys!).

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dropcloth Haversack:

DIY Haversack: The story and the making...


Food In Plain Sight PT II (Update)...

Update on cache gardening...


Friday, June 19, 2009


Received this with a request to post it in an effort to organize any and all like-minded HAMs willing to help. I currently don't even have a technicians license but I plan on getting one at least in the next couple of years...
Read on!


OK now I have done it in true DX fashion for all you HAM'S out there.
I know others that read this will be real confused now but I would really like to hear from you HAM'S out there so I figured I would write in a language you would understand. We need to get HAM'S involved here so we can try to get a net going to help with off the grid communication among the prepper networks. I know there are many Ham's already involved in the prepper network and many more that read so please come forward and help us with getting this going. Now that all the people that read this (that are not HAM'S) are confused let me add one more slang that only the HAM'S will understand.

73 de W4DMH

PS Please email me so we can get to work on this.
God Bless all from the Wild and Wonderful West Virginia



Sunday, June 14, 2009

Wettterlings WH Initial Thoughts, Mods, and Field Test...

(Cross-Posted from my Gearpage because the axe is such an important bushcrafting tool).Initial Thoughts:

Field Test:

Hope this proves helpful...

Sunday, June 7, 2009

AT Dayhike June 2009

Hike a friend and I took on the AT, Lehigh Furnace to Lehigh Gap, June 2009:

That large brown mound is a huge anthill. Sorry for the crappy video, can't quite figure this encoding thing out...

ETA: HQ Video now available.


Tomahawk's Thai Khukuri...Reviews:)

Also posting this here. Knives, after all, are one of man's most basic and necessary tools.

Tomahawk's Thai Khukuri:

Field Test:

Thanks bud!

Brunton Vkettle Review...

Hey all,
I decided to post this here as well as on my gearpage because it's so useful for both preparedness and bushcraft issues.


Food In Plain Sight...

Segment I did on my beginnings of cache gardening or "guerrilla gardening" as it is sometimes called...

I will try to do an update on this sometime soon...;)

Haversack Dump...

Just a few things I usually carry, in the haversack/possibles bag I made from an old dropcloth this past winter...


Wild Edibles and Foraging in the NE USA...

Flint and Steel Shenanigans...