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General Discussion / Re: How much longer will this forum survive inactivity
« Last post by wsdstan on July 24, 2021, 04:12:47 PM »
OE I would like to see a couple of photos of the Wheel Horse garden tractor if you should decide to post any.
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Production Knives / Re: Folding Lockbacks
« Last post by wsdstan on July 24, 2021, 04:10:51 PM »
One of my first folders, after a few Boy Scout knives, was a Buck 110 like yours.  I gutted and skinned a few deer and antelope, and used it for cooking in camp.  Lost it somewhere along the line.

I have a Buck 110 now that has synthetic handles and weighs about 1/2 of the original.  Missed the original so I bought another a few years ago.  Both of them are good knives and probably my favorite folder when I am hunting deer. 
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Production Knives / Folding Lockbacks
« Last post by crashdive123 on July 24, 2021, 02:23:44 PM »
I pulled a few out today to clean and oil.  The one on the left is a Buck 110.  I believe it was sort of a right of passage in the Navy in the 70's to own and wear one.  I picked this one up either in Hawaii or Guam.  The next two are Schrades - don't remember where or when I picked those up.  The fourth is a Ranger - got that in a trade for some camping gear long, long ago.  The last is a Coleman Western.  Picked that up on base (Bangor, Washington) in the early 80's when I was doing a lot of backpacking.  The synthetic handle cut down on the weight considerably.  Both the Buck and the Coleman have lost (worn out) their original cases.

It's sometimes fun to pull out things that you haven't used in a while (like Moe did) and remember the good times around them.



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General Discussion / Re: How much longer will this forum survive inactivity
« Last post by OutdoorEnvy on July 24, 2021, 09:56:38 AM »
I pop in and look around from time to time.  Not as much as I should but have noticed the fall off of activity and post.  I am guilty as well.  Life has been busy as the kids are older, 9 and almost 13, lots of sports and things taking up time.  A couple work promotions has me much busier during the day.  I use to have lots of down time during work that I would do longer posts on but that time has gone away. 

I haven't been bushcrafting in a while.  I still do things here and there with axes and have had some projects.  But most of my outdoor fun time has been lake trips.  I did get a wheel horse garden tractor a while back and that has been fun to play around with.  Might post on it if there would be interest.  But I'll try to pop in more and post when I can.  It would be a shame to lose this place but it's nice PW seems to want to keep it up and going.

   :cheers:
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General Discussion / Re: How much longer will this forum survive inactivity
« Last post by boomer on July 24, 2021, 08:00:17 AM »
every segment of the American experience is in the crapper right now.  For what it's worth, I am heading up to do some 4x4 trail riding in the Osceola NF tomorrow.  Lunch in the wilderness,  some hiking in the swamp.  I recently did a lot of repair work on the old 4Runner, and need to test it.

True things could be better but they've also been worse. Stuff happens.

In the Southwest folks have gotten used to heading out a lot of the year understanding there will be no campfires. What's a camp without a fire?? Well, its different and took some rethinking.  Still good to be out though. Favorite fishing rivers are changed as drought continues but trout were never in that much danger from me anyway. When the forests are open it's still a good place to be. Other parts of the country (and world) have their own problems. Just like always.

We may live in inconvenient even trying times. The expontial proliferation of "news" outlets require controversy and bad events to keep revenues up. There are more than enough of them to satisfy just about any opinion even to the point of the patently absurd. We all have the choice to simply not look or listen though. And our commonweath remains to sustain each in far more healthy ways.

Things are changing and will continue to change. Just the way of the world. All we can really do is try to leave a better world for those who follow.

But that's always been the case.
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General Discussion / Re: How much longer will this forum survive inactivity
« Last post by zammer on July 23, 2021, 09:57:27 AM »
The reality is that a forum is hard work.  I had some help early on by some great folks who were interested in seeing the forum succeed, and a few of them are still hanging around.  But it does require a constant infusion of interesting, engaging content. 

The nail in the coffin was the name change.  It couldn't be avoided without thousands of dollars worth of attorney's fees, which I didn't have at the time.  And just like bitcoin, if you get there first, you can succeed where better alternatives do not.  We are better, but we weren't first.

The only way to save this forum would be a complete overhaul, name change, new forum software, and a team of 20 or more people constantly adding interesting and engaging content several times a day.  Ultimately, forums are a form of entertainment.  You have to compete with TV, radio, other websites, etc. for people's attention.  The only way to do that is to find a niche and fill it faster than anyone else.

The bushcraft niche is full of people who are young and have a lot of time on their hands, jobs and family dynamics that afford them a lot of free time.  When I started this forum, I had a young family and a lot more free time than I do now.  Plus I do have other hobbies and interests.  (Don't we all?)  I was making knives and firesteels, ferro rods, leather sheaths, doing reviews of gear, making alcohol stoves, etc.  But now, I get the time to do stuff like that only a few times a year.

When the kids are a little older and more autonomous, I'll have more time on my hands.  But that won't happen before the tumbleweeds roll through here.  In the interim, I'll continue to keep this place up and running as long as I can, for those who want to use it.

That pretty much sums it up right there.....
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General Discussion / Re: How much longer will this forum survive inactivity
« Last post by Mannlicher on July 23, 2021, 04:39:10 AM »
every segment of the American experience is in the crapper right now.  For what it's worth, I am heading up to do some 4x4 trail riding in the Osceola NF tomorrow.  Lunch in the wilderness,  some hiking in the swamp.  I recently did a lot of repair work on the old 4Runner, and need to test it.

You never call or write.
I rarely know what I am going to get into due to my complicated work life.   Today will probably be cancelled due to heavy rain though. 
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DIY and Homemade Gear / Re: Moe's camp and Colonial era gear.
« Last post by Chekmate on July 22, 2021, 08:34:36 PM »
That's really nice work.

Keep Your Tinder Dry
Chekmate
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DIY and Homemade Gear / Re: Moe's camp and Colonial era gear.
« Last post by Moe M. on July 22, 2021, 06:49:08 PM »
They all look fantastic.  I reallty like the one on the bottom right.

  Crash, 
  I copied that bag from a photo in a book that documented original hunting bags and shot pouches from the 18th and early 19th centuries that survived and were either in museums or in private collections, supposedly it was one of the bags owned by Davey Crocket, the original was made from a boot top that had been cut in half lengthways, one half was folded over and sewed up the sides with a fringed strip added, the other half was used to make up the beaver tailed front flap. 
 I made mine from oiled tanned leather and it was assembled a bit differently, but it was a pretty close representation of the original.
  Thanks for the positive comment.   :cheers:
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DIY and Homemade Gear / Re: Moe's camp and Colonial era gear.
« Last post by crashdive123 on July 22, 2021, 06:28:51 PM »
They all look fantastic.  I reallty like the one on the bottom right.
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