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DIY and Homemade Gear / Re: Strickle?
« Last post by crashdive123 on August 30, 2022, 04:23:47 AM »
New word for me as well.  Did some reading on it and enjoyed the learning thanks.  Here's a good picture of one.,_Hereford_Museum_and_Art_Gallery_-_DSCF1937.JPG
DIY and Homemade Gear / Re: Strickle?
« Last post by Pete Bog on August 29, 2022, 01:16:28 PM »
   They also mention a "Sandhorn". Apparently similar to a powder horn, it was used to carry the tallow and sand. Slung over the mowers shoulder by a string.
DIY and Homemade Gear / Strickle?
« Last post by Pete Bog on August 29, 2022, 12:58:28 PM »
   Came across a new word I wasn't familiar with, strickle. Turns out, it's actually a name for at least 3 different tools. All handmade. The one of most practical use, is in the sharpening of a scythe blade.
   A piece of green oak or limewood is carved out to function as a sharpening steel might function for sharpening knives. The wooden tool is tapped against the teeth of a handsaw to create dimples. It is then smeared with fat or tallow and sprinkled with sand. It is then rubbed along the edge of the scythe blade to remove the folded over wire edge.
   In the comment section at the bottom of the article, reader comments (in part) "then the men kept sweeting up the blades with strckles. it was just the thing for fettling up a scythe blade".
    This was from an Oct 1957 edition of "" Cumbria Magazine"
   Old time tools and skills. I guess some of the old time reenactors  use soap now because it doesn't go rancid and smells better.
General Discussion / Re: General preparedness expanded
« Last post by Mannlicher on August 28, 2022, 08:29:55 AM »
Sometimes we just over think things and imbue them with more importance than is merited.
General Discussion / Re: General preparedness expanded
« Last post by Moe M. on August 28, 2022, 05:47:39 AM »

  That's a very good point Boomer, one that isn't discussed much, in fact I don't think I've ever included hand tools in my posts or discussions related to survival preps, the ironic part of it that I've often heard my friends and family members ask The question, why are some other reasonably intelligent people not making any effort to put aside non perishable food stuffs and the means to collect and purify water, until now I've never had a good answer.
  After reading your post it came to me that a big part of the answer to that question may be in part why I never seriously gave hand tools a priority, in my case I've always had tools, some inherited, some I bought over the years, I'm not much of an auto mechanic, in my youth I dabbled in it, cars and what made them run were pretty simple back then, my first few cars were flat head Fords or '50's and '60's Chevys, but these days of computerized cars are something else.
 But I've always enjoyed working with wood and using hand tools for most of my projects, I used to love watching Roy Underhill on TV, I often thought about building a foot powered wood lathe like his, but I'm getting away from my reason for posting this, the thing is that most of us old timers have grown up with skills inherited from our parents and grand parents that we take allot of it for granted, like just about everyone else I have my share of corded wood and metal working tools and in last decade or so have accumulated a bunch of cordless tools and assorted batteries that have made working with wood much easier and faster, and we don't give them much thought when they aren't needed.
 I guess for some folks the fact that they've always had super markets and fast food joints that they can't wrap their heads around the thought that they could be without, they don't associate what's going on here and in other parts of the world with what happened to once thriving countries like Cuba and Venezuela that went from lands of plenty to people eating their pets and raiding trash trucks to survive almost overnight.
 Pete Bog mentioned that this is the third or so thread that I've started on this subject and get the same response or lack of it, I guess I'm a slow learner, or maybe they just need to have it drummed into them. 
General Discussion / Re: General preparedness expanded
« Last post by boomer on August 27, 2022, 09:00:52 AM »
Well Pete Bog, That was refreshing to read. Thank you, very well said

Yes, there's a storm coming. There's always a storm coming. The best preparation for stormy weather is usually skills and knowledge. Just about any stockpile will be consumed or spoil or whatever and then things will get real interesting. General preparedness is simply being responsible.

Recognition of the amount and types of physical labor require in the old days is spot on. Even the most physically demanding work required skills and knowledge most lack these days. Walk into any Starbucks and make a random survey on how to scythe a plot or even sharpen a hand saw with the correct file and the results are easily predictable.

Moving off grid (a continuing process) for me was not primarily about prepping initially but could turn out that way. The best part of the project has been helping my son learn basic building techniques and using carpentry hand tools. Things I learned long ago because I wanted to.

It is practical knowledge that provides the best preparation for hard times.  I'm not much of a farmer, especially given the current Climate conditions in the high desert, and going for wood in the summer is certainly different these but I can still design a truss or set a bone or suture a laceration so there might be some useful contributions to be made. Hopefully, the reference materials acquired over a couple careers will be useful to others.

There are older style hand tools for carpentry around here and there some even for sale at places like Lowes and Stanley still markets some basic woodworking planes. Hard to find good quality brace and bit sets used or new though these days.

Other Outdoor Gear / Re: Hiking staff
« Last post by wolfy on August 27, 2022, 08:59:32 AM »
I first became aware of the staff when I was a kid watching Friar Tuck & Little John dueling for the right to cross a stream via a single log bridge.  My brother and I immediately cut a couple of staffs and pretended to battle each other whenever the other issued a challenge. :duel:   

By coincidence, I saw an article on the use of the staff as a defensive weapon in the last issue of Backwoodsman Magazine.  Does anyone remember the Johnny Carson skit where he played the lovable Art Fern hawking 'Jimmy The Stick' on late night TV?  Do a search for's hilarious! :lol:
Other Outdoor Gear / Re: Hiking staff
« Last post by Moe M. on August 27, 2022, 08:07:58 AM »
 I have several canes (for mobility reasons) and hiking staffs (again, for mobility reasons), a couple of canes I have are made of hickory, have a shepherds hook on the end and are engraves with handholds, they are defense tools as well as mobility tools, the others are made of some other type of hardwoods and they are strictly for walking, one of my canes and two of my hiking staffs (both favorites) are made of fire hardened Bamboo, they are light but extremely strong.
 While I'm hiking or generally woods bumming I always rely on a hiking staff, they are not just for stability, but with a well made staff you can fend off most small and medium sized animals (think rabid raccoon, skunk, or even a timber rattler when surprised by either, it's good for moving brush out of your way, and in some instances can extend your reach, such as when trying to fill your bushpot with water, from a stream or shore line and don't want to get your feet wet, and of course they are good for holding up a tarp you're using for a temporary shelter.
Other Outdoor Gear / Re: Hiking staff
« Last post by wsdstan on August 27, 2022, 07:53:14 AM »
I seldom used a staff of any kind in my younger days.  First staff I ever saw was in some movie about Robin Hood and using a staff as a weapon of sorts.  We carried Ice Axes when winter climbing in Colorado but nothing else.  In my older age, before new knees, I used a variety of canes and made a longer walking staff from a piece of hickory a neighbor gave me.  I never used it as an aid in hiking or just walking but it saw good service as a way to open and close irrigation gates in the gated pipe I use.  You can open and close gates without bending over to get them with your hand.  I cut a flat on each side at the bottom of the staff to facilitate this task.  I broke the staff using it to try and turn a pipe a bit to change the angle of the gates to the ground.  Dumb on my part. I now use a shorter oak stick that is about 3/4" x 1 1/4" and the same length as the canes I used.

General Discussion / Re: General preparedness expanded
« Last post by crashdive123 on August 27, 2022, 04:25:02 AM »
That was a good rant Pete.
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