Browncoats Unite!

Browncoats Unite!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

RM Season One:

Links to my Megavideo-hosted copies of Ray Mears' show titled Bushcraft, originally aired on BBC.
Feel free to watch them, but I've disabled downloading and comments.
Here's the links:

Episode #1.
Episode #2.
Episode #3.
Episode #4.
Episode #5.


Friday, July 10, 2009

Sachets/Tiny Envelopes DIY...

Sachets/Tiny Envelopes DIY...
(Cross-Posted from BCUSA):

Have you ever wanted to store a *small* amount of something somewhere but didn't need/couldn't find a plastic baggie small enough to accomodate your needs?
Here's something for you to do on rainy days...they're great for storing herbs/pills/seeds and anything small you can think of.

In this case I wanted to store a *small* amount (think 25 rounds) of .177 caliber pellets. In the process of shimming the ever-loose grips on my new pellet pistol I noticed something very interesting. It seems as if Crosman purposefully designed the right hand grip to have a deeper cavity underneath, within the frame. Whether this is true or not, I decided to make good use of it. So I made an envelope, like so:

You can either staple or glue the edges together. I chose to staple em but whatever sinks your ship...glue would be prettier;)

And there we go, right inside and no one's the wiser. In the event that I really needed em and didn't have a tool I'd need to have some sort of screwdriver-shaped rock or perhaps cut/break a stick into a wedge. But now I know I have "holdout ammo" should I ever need it.

I suppose this would fall into the "housewife kit" category of shrafting!

Hope you found this helpful,

NEW IMPROVED .22cal ammo storage pouches...

NEW IMPROVED .22cal ammo storage pouches...
(Cross-Posted from BCUSA).

Hey all,
Tonight I cut up a large briefcase for the leather which I intended to add to my small stock of leatherworking supplies. I discovered, to my chagrin, that it was not leather, rather, it was a very realistic-looking, leatherlike form of vinyl. Rather than stomp around and smash random objects (or people) in my rage and disappointment, I decided to use this new, beautiful on one side and fugly on the other material for a productive purpose. I sat and pondered this dilemma for a bit. "What," I thought, "What could be the benefits of vinyl? It's so damnably ugly."

Then it struck me. Vinyl, being plastic, is inherently hydrophobic, meaning it hates or shuns water. "Ah!" I thought. "This is precisely the material I have been looking for."
For you see, ever since I posted the .22 ammo storage thread, I have been wondering about materials which would not retain extreme amounts of moisture, yet would be appealing to the eye.

I give you...the pouch of the future!

I discovered, however, that this new wonder material does not stay closed very well. So I added a cordlock to snug it tight:

And we're in business!:)

What do you think?
Comments, criticisms, and shouts of "you're out of your frigging mind" are all very welcome.

PS--ETA More Fotos!:

These last three hold only 25rnds each as compared to the first one, which holds 50 (a box).

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Mini-Modern Possibles Bag DIY Walk Through:

Cross-posted from BCUSA:
Original post found HERE.

Hey all,
I figured since I never took pics of my first haversack while I was making it, I'd do it this time around.

Making sacks, ditty bags, pouches and murses, I have found, is a great way to recycle old or extra fabric and materials which cannot be used for their intended purpose any longer (like old trousers, sheets, or in this case old load bearing harness which was likely discarded because it reached its 5 year warranty limit).

Whitejaw, this one's for you


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Survival/Fire Lanyard Tutorial...

(Cross-Posted from BCUSA. Original post found HERE).

I hope this turns out all right and is easily understandable. I did my best to shoot photos that were legible and clearly visible as to what I was doing.
Please also understand that this is just the way I did it, there are other ways to do it depending on braid and personal preference. For example, you don't HAVE to coat and tape the rod separately. I just chose to. And if you were doing a square braid, the stitch wouldn't be crossed over at an angle, but crossed straight over, right and left. YMMV, IMO, etc.

The materials and setup:

Kinda like rolling a cigarette...I did it this way to keep the initial wrap as thin as possible.

Ends pinched off and then I trim them...

Blade/striker oriented in place:

Blade/Striker taped to the rod...I usually tape the edged/pointed end pretty heavily compared to the rounded end:

Commencing the Braid:

Showing first stitch done (this is a round lanyard BTW):

Showing bottom (loop) side of first stitch:

Showing braiding procedure:

Remove hemostats, widen/lengthen loop and tighten bottom of braid using scissors/marlinspike:

Showing bottom of braid tightened (you don't have to do this, I just do for aesthetics' sake):

Third Stitch done:

Time to thrust the rod in (all puns/double entendres aside, this is what you do...go big or go home):

And continue to braid "around" the rod till you're finished. When you end you can either end by enclosing the top by doing the same and cut and fuse the ends, or you can make a "crown" or "lanyard" knot such as I will be showing in a video in another thread.