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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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    coral snake?!

    most of the snakes you can get around here i'm now familiar with, but today i found a dead snake beside the road which looks like a coral snake -- something i haven't seen before... i know there's "the real deal" and non-venomous look-alikes... my local friends weren't able to enlighten me so i...
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    scary incident...

    .... during a morning stroll this weekend i finally managed to get away from my current work for a few hours, so i went to visit a friend with a large jungle property for some much-needed dirt time :) . this morning i went to his waterfall to check for poachers (fortunately none) when i noticed...
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    mineral oil on wooden spoons?!

    for some reason folks around here get excited about my wooden spoons -- no idea why but it means i'm always hunting for offcuts (= i'm using a local type of hardwood which is used for house and fence posts -- consequently not too many trees left + i don't like cutting down trees for whittling...
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    DIY (primitive) drybags?!

    today i had to my surprise the entire beach to myself so i walked a bit further than normal, amongst the large amount of trash was a rain jacket -- shredded up but it got me thinking :eek:about another idea i've been pondering since some time: as everyone who spends time in a wet environment...
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    grubby question

    looks like i'll be moving back into the countryside soon --- means i'm closer to the jungle again (yay!) but also no more internet time on my favourite forum for a while:aarghh::( so i'm using the opportunity to post a question i've been pondering about for some time...: insects are part of the...
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    question: how to make a "" silent "" whistle...

    ... for dogs as already mentioned in a few recent posts: currently i'm living together with a dog (local breed of hunting dogs, looks similar to a Beagle). my little munchkin shows great promise as a hunting dog -- she has a super nose, is smart and a 30+km jungle walk at 8month old == no...
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    stropping compound question

    since a while i'm working on a small pocket sharpening kit -- so far it consists of a 4" x 2" 600grit diamond stone (a gift from a friend when he took some break from working on "rick& morty" in 2018) houses in a small hardwood box with 1200grit sandpaper glued to one side. i'm thinking about...
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    interesting YouTube channel...

    ....about survival/ bushcraft in northern vietnam. yesterday i stumbled across a YouTube channel called "" survival instinct "" . i've watched about a dozen videos so far and there's more for the next week or so:) . the guy doesn't talk at all (like the well-known chap from Queensland) and all...
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    snake question central america

    it has been a long time since I've been able to visit my favourite forum (due to lack of internet ) so I wanna use this opportunity to ask this question: I had a lot of challenges and setbacks this year (incl. becoming a ronin, breaking my collar bone in a hit-and-run car accident and losing my...
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    how fast can snakes swim?!

    sorry if this is rather unusual question... two days ago i went for a short walk and saw what i presume was a small boa (it was not an eel!) under water in a large puddle. before i managed to take a photo it went off at rather high speed -- I've zeen various species of snakes swim on the...
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    GIANT bikes?!

    i´m currently in costa rica on a farm in the country side and i´m planning to buy a mountain bike both to get around the area and (at some point in the future)for long-range cycling. the only local brand i´m familiar with is giant(=rest is cheap no-names).... i used a giant CRX 2007/2008 in NZ...
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    greetings from the jungle

    since almost two month i´m now in the central american jungle and today is my first internet since arriving-- not sure if it´s of interest to anyone but this is my only way to keep in touch with my favourite forum... . unfortunately i´m too stupid to attach pics- i hope to learn one day how and...
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    snakebite question

    soon i'll be off into my next adventure, to be exactly: off to central america. i intend to spend the majority of my time in the country side, either on the farm which will be my base for the time being or exploring the surrounding jungle (only short walks and daytrips until i have gained more...
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    sleeping bag questions

    i'm currently toying with the idea of adding another sleeping bag to my gear. it should fulfil the following criteria: • synthetic filling (as my next destination will likely be in the tropics where its hot and humid) •long-lasting •value for money (as my budget is limited:rolleyes:) • it will...
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    eze-lap model 51 or 56 ?!

    a few month ago i posted a thread, asking for advice regarding my search for a new pocket whetstone. so far i haven't ""pulled the trigger"" (for various reasons).... recently i stumbled across eze-lap's website and found the model 51 and model 56(= basically the 51 with leather pouch) which...
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    ?! best way to patch a small hole......

    ..... in a shoulder bag this morning i made a very unpleasant discovery: a small hole in the bottom of my beloved edc shoulder bag i purchased last year from bilmo-p5. It's a 5mm partly melted circle with a ca.1.5mm actual hole in the middle. as i'm careful with my belongings and know for sure...
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    carrying metal objects during a thunderstorm?!

    sorry in case this got already discussed, but my search did not show any results.... it's rainy season here in Korea right now and the last few days have been rather wet and humid, so when the weather was dry for a while today i decided to take the opportunity to go for a bikeride along the...
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    R.I.P. Bud Spencer

    a friend sent me some really sad news this morning: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-36648131 maybe i'm the only forum member who enjoyed his movies, but i think he was a great actor (and sportsman plus activities in other fields).....
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    cleaning a canteen?!

    today i helped a friend to move his workshop and scored a canteen he once got from an army surplus store (i believe). It says U.S. VOLLRATH 1944 on the bottom and has a nice solid feel to it: its stainless steel (if it would be...