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  1. Robson Valley

    Peace Pipe.

    Carve your own. Steatite soapstone can be carved with a screwdriver and a handsaw. Finish with wet sandpapers. The most popular deposit in the United States is near the town of Pipestone ( how about that?), south of Minnesota, I think. There's a soapstone deposit being mined in every...
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    What are the aims & purpose of Bushcrafting?

    Ecology. Derived from the Greek 'oikos' = house. Literally the study of the house that we live in. Appreciate that. Classical ecology has 3 parts = energy flow from one trophic level to the next, nutrient cycles which tend to go hand in hand with energy flow and thirdly, population ecology...
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    Does base layer material matter if it's under wool?

    Stay dry. Wet in a deep Canadian winter will kill you from hypothermia/"exposure". Cotton is a solid carbohydrate fiber with a high bonding affinity for water molecules of perspiration or melted snow. That will stay, stuck to you, until you can find a place to dry out. Wool fiber is protein...
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    Wood splitting wedge edges

    I buy logs, posts and 24" blocks of western red cedar. I have been splitting those radially and tangentially for my wood carvings for some 15 years now. The size, the shape and the accuracy are things that matter. If there are no natural cracks to follow (weakest places), then I will drive in...
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    Pack animals in the UK - access rules?

    Llama packing was going to be glamorous in the western National Parks. I never bothered to learn what the Park Service thought of the business idea. I think trying to run domesticated goats in the mountains is no more than Grizzly bear bait. Then you have a REAL problem. Here in BC, The...
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    Your favourite job?

    What about opening a "ghost kitchen?" Take away foods and gourmet meals with no staff and a single door. Hundreds of chef/cooks on lists to get in. Populate a warehouse space with pro chef kitchen gear and collect the rent. Me? I had to hit the ground running with pre-Medical Biochemistry...
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    Pumpkin Season

    How I do like real pumpkin pie. While I'm looking for a fork, would you please put 1/4 of that pie on my plate, thanks. Got away from the office, kids are home from school, ready to start fanning the fridge door. Pumpkin slab baking was borne of some desperation to do something, anything FAST...
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    Winter Boots

    Felt insoles, 3 or 4 pairs of them, Warm requires dry insulation to prevent heat transfer. I change insoles for every day of 2+ hours outdoors in my Canadian winter. An afternoon of forest grouse hunting. Yesterday's insoles get stood up some place nice and warm to dry. Those are under 2...
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    Stone Age bits and pieces...

    Reverse-engineer this. What are the resulting useful goods for food, shelter and clothing? What are the tools used for these purposes in other cultures? What are the techniques? They are not extinct here. Those principal methods and the tools are still in wide use here. In fact, there's...
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    massive font in email notifications

    Thanks. I tried tha aboveand saw no change in the BCUK site at all. I don't see any email notices of new postings here in BCUK. That's fine, I really don't care. What bothers me is the BCUK website itself with the microscopic text font. It was happening for the first time when I checked into...
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    massive font in email notifications

    The pseudo-microscopic font in the forum sections is difficult, even with my glasses on.
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    Amateur Radio Operators, Beginners Advice?

    Just needed 2 x #8 stranded copper for each band on the ground plane with a 4 band 1kw trap vertical for 40/20/15/10. Very poor in wet trees. Very poor. 100W was lots to QSO to the world from a hilltop portable! Sit in the car with the engine running (Yaesu FT901DM) and chat. If skip is good...
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    Heart Catheterization

    Dial up YouTube and watch the Coalmen do their number: " Depreciate." It's a hell of a thing. The lyrics are meaningless until you are 65+. How did they know? But like you say, it's pretty cool that there are some after market parts that work really well. I got a big one, bigger than a garden...
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    Pumpkin Season

    Tengu, you really need some bushcraft experience with the Trinity = corn, beans and squash. Pumpkins are just one of the latter. Try my quick slab roast method.
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    Choosing a compass....

    If the compass gets your butt out of the woods and on your way home, price and weight matter little. My old Recta has a massive bubble, the Brunton is developing the same. But, they're old, like me. Before bubbles, I'll give them all no more than 12-15 years. I'll never forget, standing...
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    Pumpkin Season

    Pumpkin seed shell is thin enough that you can eat the whole thing (to get more outside salt, too.) If you are lethargic enough, we can buy, +/-salt, roasted and shelled pumpkin seed by the kg. Tastes like the inside of a pumpkin smells.
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    Pumpkin Season

    We have many different varieties, right down to your choice of size and shape. Usually, the canned pumpkin pure' that I would buy in the store for pie making is a named, much sweeter variety (on the label!) and it is not any of the Hallowe'en varieties. That's why my compensation is with the...
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    Pumpkin Season

    First, 1C water and 1/4C salt. Soak the seed (and the slimy orange fiber) for 3-4 hours. Spread on a sheet pan and into a 350F oven for 8-10 minutes to roast. The fiber has such a high water % that it shrivels up to nothing and it's edible, anyway. The day after Hallowe'en, cut off the face...
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    Any Roman Legionnaires about?

    Prairie winters in western Canada are really too cold to do much of anything outdoors at -30C in a stiff North wind. There is a pack of those men who have decided to heat their workshops and replicate as many suits of European armor as they can. They holidayed all over Europe and England ...
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    Basic kit hit-list?

    Lay out 3 sheets of paper. Label them FOOD, SHELTER, CLOTHING. Research those topics. You will probably hit on all three at the same time, just make your notes on the appropriate page. As long lists as you like, include your dreams. Sorting out the reality takes a few "shake-down" trips...