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    Wild Vinegar's

    Toddy: all what i'm doing (following the instructions by a local friend) is to take a bunch of peeled ripe bananas and put them into a container with a loose cover (=to keep fruitflies etc. off). wait about 2weeks and strain the liquid (=to remove the gooey solid part) before bottling. old wine...
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    softwood strop question

    small update: i split some of the balsa into thin boards and after a few days of sunshine and lower humidity they've dried up and gotten a bit harder, so i can't put dents into the surface with my thumb anymore. means now they look more suitable for my project :cool:
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    Fire roll. Coffee and stuff.

    that's (probably) because they didn't hang out with Ruediger Nehberg -- he mentioned them at least 25 ago... which doesn't mean he invented this method, i don't recall him saying where this method originated.
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    Wild Vinegar's

    i had to google what that means... are you referring to the neighbour (who's revolting by any means) or to the vinegar?! the vinegar is actually rather nice and the "booze" not too bad depending on the variety of banana. of course you use fully ripe ones and not the stuff shipped and sold...
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    First World Problem

    i drove two years around Oz, cycled a year around Nz and lived on a farm without electricity -- reading by the light of my head torch was one way to pass the evening, even if it meant reading the same books over and over :-)
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    First World Problem

    i'm jealous of folks who have that many books that they have to sort them...(my "library" currently consists of half a dozen books :-( )
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    First World Problem

    "Illiad" should go into the "military history" section, "Odyssee" into "travel literature" :P :p o.k., kidding aside... recently i stumbled across the theory that the Trojan War happened in England and not in Turkey..
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    Wild Vinegar's

    not sure how you folks make your vinegar, but here ripe bananas work well: chuck a bunch of them peeled into a container, cover loosely and wait 10-15 days before straining liquid and bottling. !!make sure fermentation process is over before bottling!! guess HOW i know... (let's just say i dove...
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    softwood strop question

    thanks for the replies everyone -- learned something new again :) it was tombear's other thread which brought me to this idea -- leather is a bit tricky to obtain around here + tropical rainforest isn't the best climate for it, therefore my plan to use softwood instead.... i started processing...
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    softwood strop question

    thanks, that makes my quest for a solution much easier :)
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    softwood strop question

    inspired by some recent threads i'm planning to make a softwood strop. yesterday i harvested a piece of balsa (presumably part of a raft discarded by locals) when walking the beach with my little friend Biscuit. today i started processing it BUT that stuff is that soft that i easily can depress...
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    Gorge hook

    did you use modern tools or stone tools?! (just curious, most of my bone/ antler projects were done with modern tools as it's faster...)
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    Previous life

    i've walked out more than once on hominids who disappointed / bull******* me without telling them -- including my own relatives and my first passport country (after 3years, several setbacks and lots of hassle i'm since today officially citizen of another country :cool: and don't have to hang my...
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    Face book ?

    one one side it's frustrating: as a result of a (semi)nomadic lifestyle for over a decade i've friends all over the earth disk and keeping in touch with them was much easier with fb (instead of hundreds of emails/ letters) on the other side i'm (like many others) increasingly p***ed off with...
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    Fire Kits

    "anywhere" is unfortunately a place far away from the caribbean coast of Costa Rica but maybe i'm lucky at some point. .. borax for mold resistance is a great idea around here (and also used to kill cockroaches) so should be available :) as already said: the Vikings figured out before me that...
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    Fire Kits

    i like your wooden slow fuse -- this version won't show up on any metal scanner (== see my previous post , rope lighter from two shells) where did you get the saltpeter?! i'm using cotton rope boiled in a wood ash solution (for half an hour or so) -- a trick i learned during a trip to Jutland in...
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    Fire Kits

    my fire kit lives permanently in my "manly man bag" and contains the following items: #1 homemade leather bag with a small tin, containing some fatwood sticks, jute twine, a piece of flint and a magnifying glass in a homemade leather cover; also a homemade container (recycled piece of an...
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    Selecting an axe (picture heavy)

    thanks, it does help :-)
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    Selecting an axe (picture heavy)

    did you modify an "ordinary" hardware store hatchet?! if yes -- how?! did you taper the eye or did you already get it this way?! (given the ridiculous shipping +import costs to here i'm interested in DIY projects to save money wherever possible...)
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    Bow Hunting & Buck Fever

    i found myself face to face with a wapiti stag in broad daylight during mating season in Fjordland (=bottom of South Island of New Zealand) of the house.of a remote farm i spent 3months- we looked at each other before he slowly walked off... shame i didn't have a camera with me to prove it... i...