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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Latest from PMZ K&T (as of 10/7/10):

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Over the last few days I indulged my inner Norksie and created this Tafl board:

I kinda screwed up on the dice cups. I shoulda used a butt joint or cobbler's stitch but instead I did something...different. LMAO. I never followed directions very well:o

The leather is 8-10 oz vegtanned tooling belly. Both the board and the cups have been given a *very* small amount of neatsfoot oil to darken them a bit, as I am out of leather antiquer paste dye.

The attackers are made from small discs of Norway Maple from our yard (fitting, I think:)), and the defenders are small bits of kwila wood (scrap from projects). The King also is of kwila, but he has an antler dunce cap/crown.

The whole thing rolls up, ties, one end is capped with one of the dice cups, the game pieces are dropped down inside, and the other end is then capped.

Voila! Portable Tafl board.

The pattern on the game board was put together by Eric Methven. Much thanks, Eric!

Now the tough learn to play it!:D


12 Days of Ramen PT XI:

Day 12! Hurrah! (Good thing I didn't do this all in a row, I'd have been all Ramen'd out:p)

Well here we go. Last day of this miniseries, but certainly not my last day of Ramen experimentation.

Today I decided to try something out of the ordinary.

Googled around a bit for ideas, and came up with this:

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"Ramen Spaghetti"

It consists of:

  • 1 pack of Ramen, any flavor, without flavor packet (set aside for future soups and broths).
  • Small amount of water (just enough to cook the noodles)
  • Spaghetti sauce to taste
  • 3 leftover packets of Olive Garden Romano cheese (obviously doesn't have to be in packet form).

It's good! A fitting end to this beautiful culinary experiment.

Friday, September 10, 2010

12 Days of Ramen PT X:

Day 11:

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"Anti Semite Ramen"

Contains two whole slices of baked ham. I nearly gagged halfway through, too much, too much! But if you like ham, then by all means, try it.

Beef Ramen
2 slices of ham
4 slices of sharp cheddar and colby jack cheese
1/4 cup of leftover French Onion soup
2 or 3 dashes of Old Bay seasoning.

Thanks for viewing!
Tune in next time for another epsiode of "The 12 Days of Ramen!"


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

12 Days of Ramen PT IX:

Day 10:

Chicken Ramen stirfried with ~ 1.5 grilled chicken breasts, approx. 1 cup of precooked green beans (leftovers), 1/4-1/2 of a white onion, (minced), 2 dashes of Goya garlic powder, 3 dashes of curry powder, and 3 takeout pouches of duck sauce.

Tune in next time!

Monday, August 30, 2010

12 Days of Ramen PT VIII:

 Day 9:

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Shrimp Ramen with approx. 2/3 - 3/4 Cup of grated Parmesan cheese, 5 or 6 halved grape tomatoes, and a touch of Penzey's Cracked Rosemary.

Tune in next time for another episode of "The 12 Days of Ramen!"


Sunday, August 29, 2010

12 Days of Ramen PT VII:

Day 8:
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Roast Beef Ramen stirfried with:

  • Ham
  • Cucumbers
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Hungarian peppers
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • 2 eggs
  • Penzey's "Sandwich Sprinkle" 
It was good, and it made enough for two!:o

Tune in next time for another salivation-inducing, masticatory episode of "The 12 Days of Ramen!"


Friday, August 27, 2010

12 Days of Ramen PT VI:

Day 7:

Sorry, I took a bit of a hiatus from this series. But not to fear, Berserker is here! And he who has begun this work of Ramen shall bring it to completion:)

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Chicken Mushroom flavored Ramen with Baked Ham (lunchmeat slices), American Cheese, grape tomatoes, no-name onion flakes, and Penzey's Cracked Rosemary.

Tune in next time for another episode of "The 12 Days of Ramen!"


Thursday, August 26, 2010

My Etsy Shop!

Hey all, awhile back I created an Etsy storefront to sell the fruits of my bushcrafty hobbies. Etsy is a website similar to Ebay but with longer sell times, competitive rates and more customization available.

Here it is:

Thanks for looking! If you like what I have to offer, please consider "hearting" it, sharing it with your friends, and stopping by from time to time to see what's on the block.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

12 Days of Ramen PT V:

Day 6:

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Oriental flavored Ramen pan-fried with two eggs, two finely minced baby carrots, 4 small grape tomatoes (halved), 2 chunked cheese sticks and 2 or 3 dashes of red pepper flakes.

Thanks for viewing! Tune in next time for another titillating and redemptive episode of "The 12 Days of Ramen"!


12 Days of Ramen PT IV:

Day 5:
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"Thai Peanut Butter Ramen". As far as I know this has not been done so far:p
It wasn't hard to figger out. All I did was cook the Ramen (plain, without adding the flavor packet) and then add a huge dollop of chunky peanut butter, and some curry and ginger powders.

It was actually pretty good! I was afraid it would be horrific, so I was pleasantly surprised.

Be sure to catch the next episode!

Monday, August 23, 2010

12 Days of Ramen PT III

Day 4:

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Chicken Ramen stir-fried with 2 eggs, 2 cubed slices of Hungarian yella pepper, a sprinkling of sunflower seed meats, a dash of celery salt, and just a tad bit of Old Bay seasoning.

Cheese is unnecessary when adding eggs, as the eggs provide plenty of protein.

Tune in next time for another scintillating and bebothering episode of "The 12 Days of Ramen!"


Sunday, August 22, 2010

12 Days of Ramen PT II

Day 3:

Shrimp flavored noodles with sautéed Hungarian yellow peppers, white onion slices, and Sweet Lebanon Bologna. Provolone cheese added in separately to prevent pan stickage.

To Be Continued in the next episode!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

12 Days of Ramen PT I

The nice thing about Ramen, is that it is cheap. You can buy a case of this stuff for circus peanuts. However, when eaten alone, it can be rather monotonous. 
I thought this would be a clever way to showcase just how much variety you can have with standard packets of Ramen Noodles, given a little ingenuity and a small amount of fresh food.

Day 1:

Beef noodles with pan-seared Goya "pork luncheon meat" (think cheap SPAM or Treet) and cheddar "block" cheese, chunked.

Day 2:

Beef noodles with bacon, cheddar and sliced grape tomatoes from our garden.

Tune in next time, for another exciting and liberating episode of "The 12 Days of Ramen!"


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Latest from Youtube...

And for my fellow browncoats:


DIY Custom Ferro Rod Handle w/Natural Materials

Original post found here:

Thought I'd put up a tutorial on making a ferro rod handle, out of bone.

I apologize for the crappy pics, ahead of time. My camera wasn't adjusted right...and I was in a hurry.

OK, here we go:

Select a hunk of bone, antler, wood etc. This time I used fossilized Walrus Jaw. It was a b*tch to drill. Probably took me 15-20min/hole:

And pick your size of rod. I chose to use the largest size I'd bought (3/8") cause I figger if I'm gonna use nice material, might as well use a rod that will last.



Drill with various sizes of bits. A drill press would be magical. But I don't have any more pixie dust to make any more power tools:

Adhesive/glue. I use either 2-ton epoxy or superglue. Really doesn't matter, esp. if you pin it. I would have pinned it, but you'll see why I didn't in a moment.

Now you've got your shape roughed out and drilled out.

Now take your rod and rough up the end, give it lots of little scratches and grooves with a file. Go easy, this can produce showers of 5000 deg sparks. LMAO...

I didn't show a pic of the step in between where I drilled the lanyard hole, mainly because I was cussing up a storm (mentally at least) due to the fact that it was taking me forever to drill through less than an inch of bone. Keep in mind that this is FOSSILIZED bone. And as you can see, it is basically stone...and chips like stone, if you're not careful. I will fill in that gap later on with superglue...

Cut off your ends of your tubing with a dremel or a hacksaw, and file them flush. Then, chamfer them using an old worn out phillips head screwdriver or a dremel:

Now shape it some more with your halfround rasp. This is the point at which you really make an effort to make it all ergonomic-like:

Now, sand it to 1500 grit in steps, using your dremel with rough sanding drum or 100 grit sandpaper, and then 320, and so on and so forth. I just skipped from 320 grit to 1500 cause I don't have any grits in between right now...either way is fine as long as you smooth it out:

Now put it in your seasoning potion (50/50 Linseed Oil and Turps) to cure:

And wait a week or two. Then, take it out, let it air-cure for a few days to a week, and then buff with beeswax, and wa-la! You dun made yourself a nice custom firesteel


Friday, July 30, 2010

Latest Projects as of 7/30/10

Here's some stuff I've done recently:
Pipe nail, cold hammered and patinaed, compared to Czech tool and diy antler pipe:

Very long/large roll-up pipe pouch for my churchwarden:

Trekmade "Huck Finn" slingshot with vintage red innertube bands, carved from Norway Maple and sanded to a high sheen...tinted with chestnut brown dye and given several coats of Tung oil:

DIY Antler Pipe with leather spacers in the stem:

Vintage 19th Century Butcher's Scimitar, rehandled in kwila wood, red liners, brass pins, and given a good honing to 1000 grit:


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Hawthorn fruiting...

Found this hawthorn bush a week or two ago, the haws are ripening!

This is the first time I have ever seen the fruits on a hawthorn bush.
Round here I always miss them, or the birds get them, or maybe they don't fruit where they usually grow (under the trees, not enough sunlight?)
Either way I am going to take a walk tomorrow and see if they are ready...


DIY ceramic crock stick...

DIY ceramic strop rod made from a steel furnace element that an online friend sent me:

He provided the rod and a piece of pine for the handle. I put it together using a drill, some glue, a half-round rasp, a piece of brass tubing, some sandpaper and a whole lot of elbow grease.
Finished with BLO with a white leather wrist thong.
Works a treat!



Holster for a Kel Tec P11...

Made this paddle holster for my kel tec:

Handstitched, dyed using FrauHilda's beautful chestnut brown pigment dye mix, and finished on the outside with my DIY beeswax and turpentine waterproofer. I sprayed the inside with some silicone waterproofing spray (e.g. Scotchgard type stuff).

Hope you like,