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  1. Dave Budd

    Splitting ash to make hammer handles, advice needed...

    Cut the log a few ibches longer than needed. A froe is your best bet, but even a long blade like a cleaver or parang will do to get a straight split across. Radially split the logs, its easiest to half the billet each time rather than working around like a clock (the split is less likely to run...
  2. Dave Budd

    Are we buying more or less stuff?

    :roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao: Yeah right! And the kimd and generous government will look after us as they always do!
  3. Dave Budd

    Moot 2020 Is it or is it not

    There are so many people all trying to register for it at the same time, that the system keeps crashing. I got UC for a while some years back and it wasn't worth the effort for the little i got; then the hassel/farce/'owed repayments' when i stopped it mafe the whole affair more of a nightmare...
  4. Dave Budd

    Moot 2020 Is it or is it not

    cheers. Luckily I'm used to having no money and I'm very good at budgeting what there is. As long as things start to get back to normal before the autumn I'm sure I'll be OK. I'm just glad I don't have any kids or other dependants to worry about!
  5. Dave Budd

    Are we buying more or less stuff?

    the only thing i'm buying is food. With shows cancelled and people not able to come to me for courses, my income has almost totally dried up; so no new toys or treats for me. Normally at this time of year I would also be looking at restocking on steel and fuel, but since I can't get anywhere to...
  6. Dave Budd

    Moot 2020 Is it or is it not

    Good thinking there Tony ☺ I think a few show organisers and my own courses are doing the same thing. At least i hope so! Thus far only one event that i'm booked for has cancelled (and that's not until july). If they all panic and cancel, i'll lose 80% of my income this year, if i dont run...
  7. Dave Budd

    corona virus projects any one?

    Aside from any shows that might be cancelled, my lifestyle doesn't look like changing one bit. I've been basically 'self isolating' for the last 17 years! :biggrin::biggrin:
  8. Dave Budd

    Fixing rawhide to mallet

    you'll definitely want some nails in that head Tim. If the first and any subsequent layers are all held on with a very flexible glue (like a silicon adhesive), then it might survive. Rawhide moves more like plastic under impact: flexes over the span yet is rigid under point of impact and the...
  9. Dave Budd

    Fixing rawhide to mallet

    in what way are you thinking of having the rawhide on the mallet? Is it like a Thor mallet that has a rolled up disc of hide as a striking face set into the head, or is it a wrapping of hide around a spindle to create a beetle/maul style mallet? Glue (wood glue for example) migh work, but the...
  10. Dave Budd

    Safely splitting wood with thin knives

    Quite right! Froes are the way to go and a little one doesn't weigh much or take a lot of space ☺
  11. Dave Budd

    Safely splitting wood with thin knives

    You're welcome :) I don't like the idea of beating any innocent knife through a log unless there is no alternative (which is virtually 0% of the time!). I've used coins and stones to split wood in the past too; they are all wedges if you can get a crack started ;)
  12. Dave Budd

    Safely splitting wood with thin knives

    nice photo set there John :) I've split large ash trees into bow staves (couple of dozen on one occasion) with nothing more than a hatchet and a pile of wooden wedges. Firewood and the like has been exploded with just a wedge pushed into a crack. I just hope the general bushcraft populace will...
  13. Dave Budd

    Safely splitting wood with thin knives

    Whilst writing an upcoming article for the website, I was reminded of a recent thread from a chap who managed to bend his knife by driving it through a log. I figured I would just throw up this little post to offer an alternative if you don't have a crowbar-bushcraft knife or axe. I refuse to...
  14. Dave Budd

    Cleaning blades

    i use a wire brush or steel scouring pad to rub off the crusty bits, paint and other crud. That counts as polishing, right? :roflmao::roflmao:
  15. Dave Budd

    Water filters. Which do you recommend for long term use?

    I guess it depends on your definition of large quanties of water. My mind instantly went to uv filters and 500l tanks of potted water, but thst is rather more static than bushcraft uses I confess that i'm not a water filterer. I drink untreated rain water every day at work, so my gut used to...
  16. Dave Budd

    Baton Tool

    cheers mate, but to be fair it is what I do for a living, plus I have a welder and a forge! :D The thing I've found from using the cutter in my anvil is that as long as the wood is longer than the height of the cutter+your hand width, then you are safe from hurting yourself if you hit too...
  17. Dave Budd

    Baton Tool

    I've seen a few kindling splitters based on axe heads like that, mostly being welded to a bit of angle iron that is bolted down. In the workshop I use a hardy cutter in the anvil for the same purpose. Tail end of last year I started making splitters for sale too ;) kinslingsplitter by...
  18. Dave Budd

    Wood ears

    i've only ever fried them up. Sliced thinly and fried with butter, onions and garlic; the crunch gives a nice contrast to the soft onions I'm intrigued by the idea of rehydrating in cherry brandy though!
  19. Dave Budd

    Helle fjellkniven slightly bent from battoning

    i didn't realise before that it was a laminated blade. They are really easy to bend! I've managed to bend a 5mm thick 8" long blade in my bare hands before! There is a chance that the edge steel is cracked, but I doubt it with that little bend (go 90 degrees and it will crack for sue!). If it...
  20. Dave Budd

    Working ash for tool handles

    yep. rough them out, but make sure they are oversized on the eye ends ;) Also leave them a bit long so that you can cut off any checked areas. Sometimes they will warp a bit, but you can either work with it or just resign the bent handle to the wirefood pile. I've managed to be organised...