What have you learned recently?

tsitenha

Nomad
Dec 18, 2008
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Kanata
My heart/lungs are getting so bad that scrunching down for a bow drill friction fire is not a viable option. I am producing embers by flint and steel in the most efficient way and time. So far from strike, spark, ember and tinder fire 15 seconds, got to get better but lungs are limited.
 

THOaken

Native
Jan 21, 2013
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1
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England(Scottish Native)
I'm reading a new book, a glorious tome, so every day is therefore a learning day. Yesterday was spent reading the basics of the marine ecosystem and today is coastal geography and coastal inhabitants.
 

John Fenna

Lifetime Member & Maker
Oct 7, 2006
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Pembrokeshire
I learned last night theat Tawny Owls can keep up a "Kee-Yip" conversation going from 10pm until 2am without pause or break - despite me shouting, clapping my hands, throwing things at the tree they are in.... which happens to be right next to my new shelter...
 

Stringmaker

Native
Sep 6, 2010
1,891
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UK
Well let's hope Stringmaker doesn't read those reviews given he had those stones take out of his gall bladder recently. Laughing after surgery is not a good thing.

Oi! Stringmaker, you have been warned! Don't click on the link above :nono: .... Get well soon fella. ;)
It's alright matey, I can laugh now!
 
It's alright matey, I can laugh now!
Good to read that buddy. My brother had surgery 3 weeks ago to have his gall bladder removed. Seems it ruptured with the stone inside so no keyhole surgery for him a week in the hospital and a drain tube in for another week. He's doing fine now thankfully. Anyway glad to read you are too.

Wotcha gonna do with those stones, matching necklace and earrings set for the missus perhaps?
 

Stringmaker

Native
Sep 6, 2010
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UK
Good to read that buddy. My brother had surgery 3 weeks ago to have his gall bladder removed. Seems it ruptured with the stone inside so no keyhole surgery for him a week in the hospital and a drain tube in for another week. He's doing fine now thankfully. Anyway glad to read you are too.

Wotcha gonna do with those stones, matching necklace and earrings set for the missus perhaps?
There seems to be a lot of it about; open surgery is no picnic!

Alas, hospitals these days get a bit nervous about people taking body parts home so the stones stayed with them. I reckon they would have polished up nicely.
 

Stringmaker

Native
Sep 6, 2010
1,891
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UK
This is going to sound pretty lame but I learned the specific definition of a tree and a shrub.

On a different note, I learned yesterday that the reason I've been feeling progressively worse over the last three weeks (after my op), and am unable to keep solids down is that I seem to have a post-operative inflammation/infection somewhere.

Antibiotics and chest X-Ray here I come.

:(
 

S.C.M.

Nomad
Jul 4, 2012
257
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Algarve, Portugal
I learned today just how irritating a lump of grease-proof paper and thin bits of bamboo can be, while trying to make a paper lampshade-thing for a solar lamp...

Stringmaker: We want... a shrubbery! One that looks nice
 

Harvestman

Bushcrafter through and through
May 11, 2007
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Pontypool, Wales, Uk
That I love being out in the hills. I haven't done it at all last year, and I'm just back from a trip this weekend. Had a great time despite some adverse weather.
 

Ecoman

Full Member
Sep 18, 2013
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Isle of Arran
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Today I learnt that a quick job to remove some wallpaper can get the wife thinking and now its turned into a complete makeover for my daughters bedroom, including removing a built in wardrobe, insulating a wall and new light fittings!!! Damn! Why can't I get away with a simple job!!!:rolleyes::D
 

Stringmaker

Native
Sep 6, 2010
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UK
I learned yesterday what a fascinating wood to work is Yew.

I am in the process of making a spoon as a present for someone and I am deliberately breaking the rules of heartwood versus sapwood in order to get as much contrast in the layers as possible. I'll probably use this one as a practice piece and make her a better one but I am aiming for a "Spoon of many stripes".

Pic to follow if I make something presentable.

Well I finished the "spoon of many stripes" and I rather like it. I hope the recipient does:



 
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rich59

Maker
Aug 28, 2005
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London
I recently learned that bamboo is a very special wood for friction fire making. Not easy to find substitute wood that will make fire the same way.
 

Green Weasel

Tenderfoot
Jul 4, 2010
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West Sussex
I've learned that hazel nuts freeze really well according to one of my customers.
Every year I gather some in the hope they will last a few weeks but inevitably end up with a tray of slightly musty-smelling and furry things.
Assuming my elderly informant is telling the truth I've stashed about 30lbs of nuts in the freezer. Hopefully there will be plenty for the festive season and for "finishing-off" my pigs in December.
Of course the old girl could be lying:)