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  1. C_Claycomb

    DIY latrine toilet seat?

    On a couple of group camps that I have been on, the organisers have provided pit toilets with some sort of box with a household toilet seat screwed to it to sit over said hole in the ground. What I can't remember is what kind of box or barrel, or upside down tub was used to mount the seat. Any...
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    Are people in the UK taking Covid19 seriously? If not, why not?

    Tonight I was chatting to a friend of mine who lives in Hong Kong and works for Cathay. Despite its proximity to China, there are now more documented cases of Covid19 in the UK than in Hong Kong. We agreed that the UK is bigger, and has lots of airports, but the crowding in Hong Kong makes the...
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    Wanted Benchmade Large Griptilian (any blade style, any condition considered)

    I am looking for a Large Benchmade Griptilian, with the intention of replacing the blade with a spare S30V Ritter blade I have. With some effort, I can also replace the handle, so the only really important parts are the liners, lock and pivot/screw. So, any condition Large Griptilian...
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    Measuring 3 inches (non-locking); law and practice?

    The law for England and Wales states: 139 Offence of having article with blade or point in public place. (1)Subject to subsections (4) and (5) below, any person who has an article to which this section applies with him in a public place shall be guilty of an offence. (2)Subject to subsection...
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    Improving Ceramic pocket stones - Fallkniven CC4 & Spyderco

    Years ago, Fallkniven's DC4 diamond/ceramic stones had the ceramic face machined flat. The ceramic was a fine grade (still dark brown, but comparable to the white ceramic used by Spyderco). Then as now, Spyderco did not machine the faces of their pocket stones (Double Stuff), which results in...
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    Environment, Action and the Old Days

    MOVED FROM https://bushcraftuk.com/community/index.php?threads/in-the-news-today.150983/page-4#post-1910845 I posted these because they were interesting and in the news. Perhaps I should have known that a factual post from the BBC about an environmental issue would generate 80 odd posts, most...
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    Killing Ticks on Clothes - tumble dryer

    Thought this was worthy of its own thread. I was looking for info on whether leaving clothes that might be carrying ticks in the deep freeze would kill the ticks (reading suggests very dependent on temperature of freezer, -18C for a week might do it...but might not) Anyway, I now have an...
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    Project complete: Finnish Billhook Jungle Tools

    Nine years ago Stuart showed me a tool that he had acquired on a trip to Sweden, which he thought was possibly the best jungle blade he had seen or used. It was a Finnish military issue billhook. These were out of production then, and those that are now in production are missing one of the key...
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    What you can afford?

    "Buy the best that you can afford." and "I need XXX but can't afford it." and "Put something aside for a rainy day" So, how do you judge what you can afford? How do you judge if it is "raining"? I am not just thinking of purchasing more outdoor gear. There are lots of things that that we do...
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    Tilley Hats, Mesh vs Grommets?

    I have a nylon medium brim with grommets, (LT5B) in pale "stone" that has been with me for a number of adventures, Sweden, New Zealand, Western USA and the jungle of Brunei. Sadly I did a rather silly thing when dowsing it with Fabsil this passed summer, using a brush which I was slow to...
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    Sold Book "Knife Making" by Bo Bergman

    Knife Making A Complete Guide to Crafting Knives, Handles & Sheaths by Bo Bergman ISBN 1-887374-37-X First Edition 1997 £50 including UK postage PP or BACS accepted IMG_1071 by Last Scratch, on Flickr IMG_1072 by Last Scratch, on Flickr Book is no longer in print. It is exclusively aimed...
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    Sold Rattan Cane strips

    Rattan Cane strips Free. + £3.50 postage UK IMG_1061 by Last Scratch, on Flickr Rattan material purchased in 2008 on a trip to Penang, Malaysia. Saw a local chap making furniture in a little workshop off the street and asked to buy some of his materials! I was intending to use it for...
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    Sold MSR Miniworks Water Filter

    MSR Miniworks Water Filter £33 including tracked UK postage Accept Paypal or bank transfer IMG_1056 by Last Scratch, on Flickr Full kit, no instructions, very lightly used. (think it has been used on one trip to Scotland, one to Norway and one to Sweden). Selling because I have two Pure...
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    Sold Vintage Sewing Machine

    Free Seamstress Sewing Machine. (Deluxe Electric Sewing Machine) - made in England. Yeah, I know that sounds a strange name, but there are no other names or branding to go by. IMG_1026 by Last Scratch, on Flickr Does forwards and reverse. No zig-zag. Very solid feel, runs well. Comes...
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    To move to Warwickshire? Leaving woods behind?

    The company I work for is going to be relocating from Hertfordshire to Solihul, right next to the M42. They are trying to persuade the staff to relocate too. I have been looking at a map and Google plotting places I can afford within 30 minutes (call it 20 miles) of J4. Anyone here live...
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    For Sale Black Nylon Shoulder Bag

    Black Nylon Shoulder Bag Not a name brand, but solid and very little used. £13 including postage by Royal Mail Paypal or transfer accepted. DSC07415 by Last Scratch, on Flickr DSC07416 by Last Scratch, on Flickr DSC07418 by Last Scratch, on Flickr DSC07417 by Last Scratch, on Flickr
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    For Sale OMM Adventure Light 20 Litre ultra light day pack

    Original Mountain Marathon (OMM) Adventure Light 20 day pack. New Condition, used gently for a few day hikes. Was £65 when new. For sale £37 including postage by Royal Mail. Paypal or bank transfer accepted. DSC07419 by Last Scratch, on Flickr DSC07420 by Last Scratch, on Flickr...
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    Who ate the "Long Tail Tree "Chicken" Stew"?

    Was in a pot on left of table, near the start, near the double doors. I was chatting to a chap at the Moot who said he had some, and liked it. However, he had not twigged what the main ingredient actually was. He was most surprised to learn that it was squirrel. Anyone not know what it was...
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    "Long Tail Tree "Chicken" Stew"

    AKA = Squirrel! I made this for the Moot communal meal, not sure if everyone who ate it knew what it was. Squirrel, bacon, chorizo, onion, courgette, red pepper, chicken stock, garlic, thyme, marjoram, salt, pepper. + polenta. Slow simmered the squirrel saddle/back legs with some fresh thyme...
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    Polycarbonate Parang Sheath

    Finished this to house a Condor Eco Parang for an upcoming trip to Brunei (little sultanate on the island of Borneo) where I will be doing three or four days of jungle hammock camping with a friend who lives and guides out there. Having used a Penan parang and made my own copy along with wooden...