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Mors' try-stick

Discussion in 'Bushcraft and survival skills' started by Seagull, Jul 23, 2006.

  1. Mesquite

    Mesquite Anyone for sailing?

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    I was going through some pictures and found these pics that I'd forgotten about.

    It's a try stick carved by the great man himself. I took them when I attended a course with him 2 1/2 years ago.

    When I have some spare time I think I'll give it a go :rolleyes:

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  2. Whittler Kev

    Whittler Kev Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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  3. Laurentius

    Laurentius Native

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    Ecky thump, without a decent carpenters square 'ow is 'e gonna know 'is square is square, some kinda high funtioning mason mebee?
     
  4. Retired Member southey

    Retired Member southey M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    That is ace, what a fantastic joint,
     
  5. superc0ntra

    superc0ntra Nomad

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    Now I know what I'll be doing this weekend....
     
  6. Minotaur

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    I think the point is to practice the basics to make things like spoon caving easier.

    This has some nice close up images.
     
  7. Waldganger

    Waldganger Forager

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    well I made a chicken
     
  8. BOD

    BOD Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Phew doing a trystick is easy. Doing the videos and text is killing!

    Well here is Mors’s nock for the trystick. Useful for reels, pegs etc.

    Got my camera girl to video this. She got kind of stressed part way when her mum started asking why the cat was in the garbage and her attention wandered.

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    The video isn’t all that clear so I added some pics after she left. Make a vertical stop cut on each side of the stick. Use a baton or hand

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    Cut an oblique cut down to the stop cut .

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    Widen and deepen as needed on both sides

    Make another two stop cuts at 90 degrees to each other further up the stick. Widen and deepen as needed.

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    Push tip of blade into V as deep as needed (at least half way) on both sides
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    Go back to first pair of cuts. Push blade carefully down to end of the stop cut and lever up carefully so split runs to the second pair of stop cuts. Do for both sides.

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    Press down on tip of stick and push blade into the V notch in either of the second pair of stop cuts. End of stick should break off cleanly.

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    Cut peg (in this case to desired length) and tidy up if that way inclined

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    Use peg

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  9. MSkiba

    MSkiba Settler

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    had a quick google coudnt find it.

    what is the purpose of such stick?
     
  10. Retired Member southey

    Retired Member southey M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    to practise different cuts and techniques when carving simple but efficient joints/knocks and butts.
     
  11. shaggystu

    shaggystu Full Member

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    could someone enlighten me about the "butterfly cut"? i'm guessing that it's the one that's shaped like......erm......a bow tie :rolleyes:
    there's a link to a youtube vid but youtube tells me that i'm using an outdated browser (which pleases me no end!) i'm consumed with curiosity and starting to go a little mad trying to work out what a butterfly cut could be used for, please help.

    cheers

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  12. Whittler Kev

    Whittler Kev Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    The pages 116 to 128 of the Bush Craft book cover why you need the different cuts .
    The butterfly cut is on P128 - Interlocking notches used with weak lashing materials
     
  13. Retired Member southey

    Retired Member southey M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    forth pic down on Mesquite's post at the top of page to, on the right hand side, if you make two butterfly cuts in two sticks/logs, then rotate one through 90o you then knock the together and the fit into each others cuts to make a joint, look fantastically simple but i bet it's bloody strong.
     
  14. shaggystu

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    thanks chaps

    stuart
     
  15. shaggystu

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    i've just had a bash at one of these joints and i'm impressed, as stated this is a fantastically simpe joint (looking at the time of my last post it's taken me half an hour including making tea and rolling fags) but bloody strong. absolutely perfect for using with weak lashings.

    i'm glad i learned this one, i can see me using it again and again.

    cheers

    stuart
     
  16. shaggystu

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    so after having a try at the butterfly joint yesterday i was left with a fair bit of uncarved stick, i thought i'd try a few of the various cuts that i've seen on other folks try-sticks.

    firstly a close up of the butterfly joint

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    my try-stick(s)

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    sorry about the poor quality pics, i'm not much of a photographer i'm afraid.

    cheers

    stuart
     
  17. Retired Member southey

    Retired Member southey M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    I really like that joint, so simple and effective, nice work there Stuart.
     
  18. shaggystu

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    sorry southey, missed this somehow at the time. that "butterfly joint" is pretty amazing to be honest, i thought it might be good enough to temporarily hold two sticks together whilst you lashed them or similar, but was really surprised by how well they hold just with friction, and as a bonus, it's actually really easy to carve.

    cheers

    stuart
     
  19. troyka

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    Hi, anyone know of some online instructions for a try stick? and can i do one with a Swiss army knife?
     
  20. Kepis

    Kepis Bushcrafter through and through

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