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 on: May 27, 2017, 10:36:38 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver
Spent a couple of hours today at a flea market. I went looking for an axe head in the 2 to 2.5 pound weight range. There quite a few larger ones, and some beat up ones in the range I wanted. I ended up fining a Mann Edge Tool Co in the weight I wanted, whoever originally bought it stamped their name and the date in it... 1925. The guy wanted $20 which was a good buy, so it came home with me. I'm going to put a 24 inch handle on it and it will be my bush / camping axe.

 on: May 26, 2017, 10:03:59 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver
Got my ALICE frame today, the shoulder straps and belt came in earlier this week. I had to order a bag from someone else, I should get that next Saturday :)

I put the shoulder straps and belt on tonight, it took a bit of figuring out to get it work. The frame I have is a bit different from a standard ALICE pack so how you attach the MOLLE shoulder straps is different - the Tactical Tailor frame doesn't have the center vertical bar so I had to wrap the vertical strap around the top of the frame to keep it from slipping up. I put it on and it feels good, but without weight there is no way to tell for sure. Fortunately it is easy to adjust and it's something I can do as I'm using it.

Once I have the bag set and scrounge up stuff from closets and wherever it is stored I'll have to see if I can find anyone I know who is interested in getting away for a night or two. If need be I have an extra backpack I keep around with the rest of the bug out and camping gear if they need one.

 on: May 22, 2017, 07:54:56 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver
Lately I've been watching bushcraft videos on Youtube. It brings back memories for me, back in the day my friends and I went camping whenever we could and did the same things that people in these videos are talking about.

I've really been thinking of getting back into "bushcraft". Bushcraft uses all of the same skills you'd use if you were bugging out to the wilderness. You can practice making fire without matches or a lighter. You can practice making shelters with just a tarp or two. You can practice identifying plants and trees. You can do a lot of survival things and build your survival skills and if anyone asks you're just practicing bushcraft. It seems that millennials are taking up bushcraft, so you'll be doing things that the younger crowd can identify with.

It was the bushcraft videos that finally got me off my butt and built the stainless steel bottle kit I posted about a few weeks ago. I decided that I needed a backpack dedicated to bushcraft so I've been working on it. I ordered an improved ALICE frame from Tactical Tailor, a USMC FILBE main ruck bag to go on the frame and MOLLE II shoulder straps and waist belt. The FILBE gear is a nice neutral coyote (brown) color that doesn't scream military, it's also fairly new and not a lot on the surplus market that isn't in poor shape. New the price for a main ruck bag is near $200. The shoulder harness and waist belt are desert camo I'll probably dye or spray paint. I'll post pics when everything gets here and I get it assembled.

I wanted a MOLLE backpack so I could customize it depending one what I am planning on doing or how long I will be out.

 on: May 17, 2017, 09:11:06 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver
Fargo is within 10 miles, but a murder around here is still BIG news.

 on: May 17, 2017, 08:45:06 AM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Hiddenone
   The largest close city is 70 miles away and they have had 15 murders so far this year. While not as bad as Chicago it's bad enough to cause worry. These bums have been acting up for years and it spills out into the local suburbs. A town 35 miles away have 3 murder in one night with a corn knife by an illegal from El Salvador. LOL since our state doesn't have the death penalty he gets 3 hot meals and cable tv for life.

 on: May 16, 2017, 09:24:19 PM 
Started by Hiddenone - Last post by Canuck In Denver
Too bad about your truck, guess you shouldn't be trespassing. Moron.

 on: May 16, 2017, 09:22:45 PM 
Started by Hiddenone - Last post by Canuck In Denver
No actual garden this year, there is just too much else to do. I did pick up a couple of Logan and a Boysen berry to plant.

I've been looking at fruit trees and berries that will grow here, zone 4a, and there is actually a fair amount to choose from. I'm trying to get at least two fruit trees per year, more if funds allow. I want to add another apple tree or two, maybe a Harlan Red and a green Lodi (or something like that) plus some crap apples of the edible kind. Hopefully I can get those this year to add to the two Macintosh and the Honey Crisp we have.

There are also choke cherry, regular cherry as well as pear, plum and appricot. I've seen a hardy kiwi that I may give a try. Plus there are the two mulberry trees I'm waiting on and should get this year. With more than enough room for 20 trees in just the area I've decided is going to be fruit trees I should have a nice little fruit orchard in a few years.

 on: May 16, 2017, 09:16:00 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver
I like 1911s too, but I wanted a .45ACP I can drop into my pocket and call good. The Fargo area is about as safe as you can get as far a cities go so it does have that going for it.

 on: May 14, 2017, 01:50:50 PM 
Started by Hiddenone - Last post by Hiddenone
    Been kind of wild here in the garden. Since we have been having a lot of rain the last couple of weeks it has been very hard to get stuff planted in the garden. The last couple of days we have been planting and running the greenhouse from about sunup to sundown. last night we did however take a break for church and a mothers day supper. Planting has been the main focus and today we are planting potatoes. Yes I hear a lot of grief from people who say you are suppose to have then in by Good Friday here but that is crap. Those people had frost damage on the ones that were up and the others are having to replant because of the cold and wet weather caused the potatoes to rot in the ground. I would guess the old timers didn't listen to wives tails and planted when they thought it was time due to the fact they had one shot to do it and no chance of do overs by running to the local garden center and buying more seed.

 on: May 13, 2017, 12:33:23 PM 
Started by Hiddenone - Last post by Hiddenone
An update to this story. I have a friend who had the same problem with fools who can't read and cut locks off of gates late this winter. He had me make him a snare and lo and behold he caught a 89 ford bronco. The damn thing was pretty much destroyed. The rear drive shaft came through the rear floor and out the tailgate and then hooked itself to the tailgate and pulled it back in an wedged crossways in the floor. The tractor weight took out the oil pan on the motor and tranny and wedged itself between the tranny tail shaft and the transfer case. The damn fool then tried to see if he could drive off using just the front drive shaft and axle. Too bad he didn't check things closer as he fried the motor due to lack of oil and over reving it because the tranny was slipping.

Guess you need to watch out for those old iron piles out in the woods. The funny thing is he didn't know who owned the land and asked the farmer after walking 1/2 mile to his place to pull him out. The guy was laughing so hard his wife thought he was going to have a stroke. Guess old Forest Gump was right Stupid is as stupid does.

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