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Food and Cooking / Re: New Smoker
« Last post by imnukensc on Today at 10:48:22 AM »
If I can find'em locally I'll give'em a try.
I gave a partial view of mine on Rule arising from the primitive state earlier when I referenced the Indo-Europeans. By extension, I suppose, the rest of Western history offers a grand study in different ways to rule, govern, and the like. With all that in mind, it's not surprising that there are lots of questions about how you philosophy will be workable.

Maybe it would be better to keep closer to the theme of the thread since I found what you say about the melting pot was interesting. Usually it is brought up in such a way to say look, see what we did here-pretty easy. All we need to do is keep at it. Really, it was not easy, nor peaceful- more like the opposite of that.

I had a sort of epiphany today. It is about the difficulty of assimilation and the admonition to not discuss politics and religion. If we are talking about the founding of the US, the first immigrants were overwhelming Protestant Anglo. Same language, same religion, so pretty easy to assimilate. A bit later, immigrants with different languages, different religious beliefs began arriving(usually Catholic) and things got very difficult. Eventually, in order to keep the peace, it became easier to not talk about, or give up on it all together. As a result many aspects of identity, culture, history, etc were lost. I'm not saying that "becoming something new" is necessarily a bad thing. I am pointing out the difficulty and sacrifice, compromises that had to happen for Europeans to come together. By the way Europeans are a group with the least genetic diversity compared to other groups. Tough many details are different the commonality of European culture on the whole is remarkably similar. By difficult I mean divisive, racist, hateful, violent and all that jazz.

"Liberals" often tell us the common good cannot be known, and there is just no such thing anyway. The common good is a very old notion in the West. Not much more difficult than deciding what is best for ones family. If you can see that the greater society is merely an extension of that family. Some will have to make sacrifices, some propped up, cared for. Others ostracized, hung by the neck or other approaches as deemed necessary to deal with transgressions.

Perhaps that's enough for now

+1 :cheers:
Food and Cooking / Re: New Smoker
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Today at 10:06:00 AM »
....  I may replace the wood chip holder with a #5 cast iron skillet since it seems kind of thin to me, but I haven't decided yet whether I'll even bother with that.
I'd like to suggest you go with wood pellets, instead of "chips". I was a distributor for Western Oregon Wood Product's "Lil' Devils" smoking chips for several years. I can't say enough good about pellets over chips/sawdust. After testing them out, one of my customers in Montana that has been producing smoked products for 49 years, switched to pellets.
IMO, Traeger's product is inferior to Lil' Devils, but they have the corner on the market and are still good pellets.
My 2-cents, anyway.
Bamboo makes a nice walking stick, too.:coffee:
Axes, Saws and Tomahawks / Re: Hatchet job
« Last post by wolfy on Today at 09:03:37 AM »
This may be a bold statement, but I would wager that 93.7% of the tasks we bushlorists call on an an axe to perform could be easily accomplished with an axe of that size.  :chopwood:
I like kiln dried Ash.  I made several walking sticks back in the mid nineties,  and they are still perfectly functional.  I used two of them last week,  hiking on the AT in Virginia.
Self-Made Knives / Re: Great Grandpa's buck
« Last post by Quickdraw on Today at 07:11:01 AM »
Great looking knife I'm envious of your talents.
xj35s I don't know where I read it here or in the Backwoodsman mag. but I use left over wax that my wife throws away or gulf wax from canning melt it down and coat the ends fairly thick to keep it from splitting during the drying process then hang them up for at least 2 months before even starting to process them it's worked pretty well so far. By the way melt the wax outside it will catch on fire very  easy and is sort of messy.
Self-Made Knives / Re: Great Grandpa's buck
« Last post by Sarge on Today at 06:48:21 AM »
Nice work, Jeff. Looks like the bit of curvature in the antler made a nice contour for the handle.
Self-Made Knives / Re: Great Grandpa's buck
« Last post by Spiller on Today at 05:54:16 AM »
That handle looks absolutely stunning. Very rustical and old school. Great looking knife, Jeff!
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