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General Discussion / Re: Sorry. Can't find the super secret place
« Last post by Moe M. on Today at 05:47:46 AM »
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

  Good post UNK.
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Axes, Saws and Tomahawks / Re: Hatchet job
« Last post by Sarge on Yesterday at 10:29:46 PM »
Just ordered handle from House Handles for this Plumb ... finally. Also ordered one for a double bit head I've had for a while. Smaller eye - about 5/8" x 2 3/4" - and the only marking is "A17" in the center on one side. I know nothing else about it; it was an estate sale find.
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General Discussion / Re: What are some good wood options for walking stick?
« Last post by Sarge on Yesterday at 10:12:22 PM »
Not much else I can add. Looking forward to seeing what you find and what you do with it.  :popcorn:
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Food and Cooking / Re: Skottle
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 07:27:12 PM »
Thanks..... I think my neighbor might have some of those.
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General Discussion / Re: What are some good wood options for walking stick?
« Last post by xj35s on Yesterday at 06:29:23 PM »
Black locust. It's been a fence post wood around here for years. It grows straight and fairly fast. I planted 7 trees and they quickly grew up 40' and there are saplings surrounding them for a large area.

How long do you guy's let them cure? I have a maple that found me after years of searching. I bought some cheap stain from the dollar store. It's been inside since last fall.




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General Discussion / Re: What are some good wood options for walking stick?
« Last post by Unknown on Yesterday at 06:12:22 PM »
Around here is not uncommon to see a horizontal branch on some oaks and black cherry trees to have vertical shoots or branches growing out of the much larger stem. Most of the oaks are short and gnarly, making you think of other uses and handles to make. I have seen a few Cherry branches with almost perfect walking stick shoots growing off horizontal branches.

Ash ought to be excellent for such behavior. From larger  damaged tress growing from the base too. The advantage being to harvest some more of the mother wood as well to make a knob or crook at the end. There are a number of trees that will send up shoots from the trunk when the tree has fallen over. Osage, sycamore for example.

Even if it is none of that, just an ideal looking sapling- I say- dig it up. Hickory is well known for its tap root. Or maybe another tree will have a crook or good knob down there, or maybe all you need is the root flare at the base

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General Discussion / Re: Sorry. Can't find the super secret place
« Last post by Unknown on Yesterday at 05:29:31 PM »
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
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General Discussion / Re: What are some good wood options for walking stick?
« Last post by Quickdraw on Yesterday at 04:52:22 PM »
I 'm like everyone else pretty much any will do I've used Pecan that vine wrapped sapling from fence rows, sassafras that have deer rub's on them I've just cut some of my wife's crepe myrtle  limbs that are the perfect size we'll see how that works I do know from past experience to work the myrtle green when it's dry it' shard  as a rock. Good luck have fun with it
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DIY and Homemade Gear / Eight bight button knot tutorual
« Last post by asemery on Yesterday at 02:35:07 PM »
Eight Bight Button Knot
This button knot makes a nice place to start a two strand knotting project.




Here is how it's done
button knot tutorial
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Fire! / Re: how do you light your punkwood?
« Last post by Punty on Yesterday at 01:24:19 PM »
For me no matter if it's a ferro rod match or lighter I always either scratch it up or carve shavings or feathers on the sides of punk wood to get it going

  Go clean up your fishing gear room.  :sarcasm: :coffee:

ANSWER TO ORIGINAL POST:

  In my very limited experience, you just have to try stuff. I remember thinking once that actual cork would be a great multi purpose item, including as tinder. Boy, was I wrong. Seems like cork would readily take a spark...it's wood, it's light and airy....but then you try and the stuff is damn near fireproof!

  That kind of applies to most everything else I've tried. The only thing I think I've learned is that if your tinder has fibers, your good to go. Beyond that, you just gotta go in your backyard and try things. Don't assume anything.

  As for punkwood...lots of variables in there, I think. I've had some that works great, some that wasn't so great. The ferro rod doesn't lie.  ;D
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