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  1. Tiley

    Canvas packs?

    Historically, I have always viewed canvas packs with a degree of scepticism. Why would one wish to carry and use a pack that is heavy, frameless and archaic? I do admit to being a fan of supportive back systems, compression straps, versatile pockets and so on - all characteristics (sometimes...
  2. Tiley

    Sold Some clothing and a canoe...

    As part of the ongoing clear-out of 'stuff', I have finally realised that, woolly jumpers excepted, I don't really get on with 'over-the-head' gear. So, here are some garments that will, I hope, appeal to some out there! I'm afraid that I am not interested in trading - I am, after all, trying...
  3. Tiley

    Salad servers

    A number of years ago, I made a (very rough and crude) pair of salad servers out of some hazel. Time has passed, as it will, and I thought I'd try my hand at another pair and here they are: The wood is ash, courtesy of Railtrack. They have been carved out of a single piece as I thought it...
  4. Tiley

    Sold Rucksacks and a few items of clothing...

    Please find below some things that I have never used or no longer use. I hope that they might be of interest. The stated price includes first class postage to any U.K. mainland address; destinations beyond these shores will cost more. I'm afraid I am not interested in exchanges. I am trying...
  5. Tiley

    Trying to get rid of a Wenonah Jensen 18 canoe

    My days of slogging down the miles of the DWR are, I think, now over. I've been lucky enough to do it twice but feel that, from now on, my paddling should be entirely pleasurable and not against the clock or other, far more efficient paddlers! This means that I am now ready to part company...
  6. Tiley

    Blackfeather Knives...

    Does anyone know anything about this U.S.-based knife maker? I know it's a kind of heresy to look across the herring pond when there are so many superb exponents of this skill in the U.K., but he/they produce one model in which I am really interested. If anyone knows how best to get in touch...
  7. Tiley

    Bison Bushcraft Garron Pack

    Has anyone seen, tried or reviewed this pack? Although I'm not a great devotee of canvas packs, this one seems interesting if pricey. Still, U.K.-made and so on means that I am strangely interested...
  8. Tiley

    Carving letters...

    I have carved a spoon for a friend's birthday and would like to adorn it with her initial. What is the best way to do it? Should I try chip carving or would a V-shaped gouge do the job just as well? I have never done this sort of thing before, so any help or advice would be gratefully...
  9. Tiley

    Spoonfest?

    Has anyone ever gone to this particular festival of fun? If so, what's it like? I am thinking that I might give it a whirl, time and wifely consent permitting...!
  10. Tiley

    MCQ Bushmaster knife

    Does anyone have any experience of this knife? It looks pretty useful and I believe there are some about to become available but I'd love to hear of anyone's experience of it before getting too excited. I've watched Mike's film and he does a pretty convincing job in singing its praises but, as...
  11. Tiley

    Where to get stuff for a pack mod.?

    I am looking for the sort of nylon/polyester webbing tape that is used to create MOLLE straps on packs and was wondering where I might get hold of some? In olive green, of course! The other thing I'm after is some advice about how best to stitch the tape to the pack I'm going to modify. Is it...
  12. Tiley

    Waterbottle pouches/pockets - help, please!

    I am looking for 2 pouches that will take the usual '58 water bottles and the Crusader cup. Does anyone have any thoughts or ideas about which I should go for? I am looking for something fairly light in weight and simple - I don't really need any extra little pockets for this and that as I am...
  13. Tiley

    Alternatives to the GB Scandinavian Forest Axe?

    Much as the title suggests, can anyone recommend an alternative to this axe? I'm after something of good quality but a not too punishing price tag - if that's possible! Many thanks, in advance, for your suggestions.
  14. Tiley

    Silky Zubat Saw

    I love my PocketBoy saw and was thinking of trying out one of these as a bigger alternative. Does anyone have any experience of them? Are they worth the investment? I was going to go for the 30cm version; is there any advantage in opting for one of the other sizes? Any help or guidance on...
  15. Tiley

    5.11 Rush 72 pack

    Does anyone have any thoughts about this beast? Good? Bad? Indifferent? If it's OK, are there any similar packs that would be worth looking at? Many thanks, in advance, for your help/advice/observations.
  16. Tiley

    Trouser Challenge!

    I am looking for a pair of trousers with a fairly high waist, so that my hips don't get grated when wearing a big pack hip belt. They also need to have at least one decent-sized thigh pocket and be made of a fabric that dries quickly, isn't too heavy but is reasonably durable. Anyone have any...
  17. Tiley

    Sea to Summit Ultralight Insulated Sleeping Mats

    Does anyone know anything about these or have any experience of them? The reason for asking is that I am going to be launching myself onto the Cape Wrath Trail later on in the summer and am keen to sniff out a comfortable but light mat. There is the Robens one for a good deal less money but it...
  18. Tiley

    Powder for feet and ... other bits...

    Can anyone recommend a powder that is usable for feet and 'nether regions' that has mildly antiseptic and antifungal ingredients? It has to be relatively easily available in the U.K. and, ideally, come in a container that is light in weight and won't crack or split when shoved into a pack...
  19. Tiley

    Norrona Recon Jacket

    The question, aimed at those who have experience of these waterproofs, is: are they worth it? If not, what are the good, viable alternatives? I'm not interested in a smock; it's a jacket I'm after... Many thanks for any input! Richard
  20. Tiley

    (Yet another) Ventile question...

    Right. I use Ventile when I'm out and about because I like the feel of it and its quietness. I understand how it works, too, with the fibres expanding to slow the ingress of moisture. However, on those occasions when I'm out and about, playing or working, when I get caught in a prolonged...