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    Getting snaps of Roe Deer

    Buy a trailcam Attach trailcam to tree overlooking the trail If it's not your land, then make sure you hide it well and remember where you've put it.
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    *The* Gift-It-On Thread

    Bumpety bump bump bump
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    Willow basket weaving

    That is handy, thanks. Until I can buy or fashion a stripping brake, I'm limited to brown willow as don't want to buy it in when I can grow it here.
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    Willow basket weaving

    Good plan
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    Willow basket weaving

    That's true enough. His courses are always sold out well in advance, which is a pity as he's local, although he specialises in frame baskets. It'll be nice to get a grasp on how much material I need per basket so I can get enough soaked in advance without too much wastage. Surprisingly...
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    Willow basket tips?

    I do know about sorting the willow - the stuff I've harvested will be properly sorted but this was offcuts and green, so a bit thicker than ideal and not as flexible. Managed a functional basket. I know it will fall apart as it dries but helped me practice the techniques I've seen online. Going...
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    Willow basket weaving

    A lucrative hobby, if you're that way inclined: http://www.sussexwillow.co.uk/store/p2/Cyntell_frame_basket_.html Beautiful work, I've just booked a basic weaving course for next month
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    Willow basket tips?

    I bought 25 rods 6 years ago (for a surprisingly high price, as it turns out!) and planted them in a little patch. With the harvest from there, I planted 120 trees out in an organised plantation, and I have a few more dotted about (that grow surprisingly non-straight)
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    Willow basket tips?

    I've wanted to make a basket for ages but have never really got round to it, despite watching loads of YouTube videos (Hanna Van Aelst is a favourite) and planting/harvesting suitable willow - I think it is the timing of having to dry, then soak/temper etc. that put me off. My willow harvest is...
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    *The* Gift-It-On Thread

    Another 6 weeks trickle by...
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    *The* Gift-It-On Thread

    So, on offer, from fenix, a Silva Compass... Anyone?
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    Man-made vs natural cordage?

    Paracord is only popular as it was readily available in a military survival situation, from troops that had parachuted into somewhere. It's not a particularly great cordage, IMHO. There are cheaper, stronger, more abrasion resistance materials available.
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    Fear of the dark

    Was this intentionally ironic?
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    *The* Gift-It-On Thread

    Well this has stalled for over 2 months...
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    *The* Gift-It-On Thread

    No takers on that... anything else?