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Roadkillphil
20-05-2012, 09:06 PM
Spent the weekend at Woodland Valley with Ash, Franko and his brother. Whittlin, learnin fire bow and enjoying the woods.
Normally I write long winded threads on these matters, but for a change, I'll shut up and let you enjoy the pics :)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7078/7236067122_c4e90d4a91.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236067122/)
Bluebells (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236067122/) by roadkillphil (http://www.flickr.com/people/7904270@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8150/7236067142_f25aee97a1.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236067142/)
Beeches (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236067142/) by roadkillphil (http://www.flickr.com/people/7904270@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7239/7236067150_d3be3e18a1.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236067150/)
Hole (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236067150/) by roadkillphil (http://www.flickr.com/people/7904270@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7238/7236067172_fde67e89bd.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236067172/)
Camp (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236067172/) by roadkillphil (http://www.flickr.com/people/7904270@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7212/7236247308_d2759a896f.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236247308/)
Bluebells n three cornered leek (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236247308/) by roadkillphil (http://www.flickr.com/people/7904270@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7083/7236247290_e8412e8d3f.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236247290/)
Kettle onnn :) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236247290/) by roadkillphil (http://www.flickr.com/people/7904270@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8023/7236247616_433be22165.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236247616/)
Rattlerrrr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236247616/) by roadkillphil (http://www.flickr.com/people/7904270@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7073/7236066984_fb2f836bea.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236066984/)
Feather (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236066984/) by roadkillphil (http://www.flickr.com/people/7904270@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8159/7236066946_778f94dbcf.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236066946/)
Foxglove (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236066946/) by roadkillphil (http://www.flickr.com/people/7904270@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7223/7236247640_58de80f31b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236247640/)
Frankie using Quartz n steel (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7904270@N07/7236247640/) by roadkillphil (http://www.flickr.com/people/7904270@N07/), on Flickr

Thanks for looking

GwersyllaCnau
20-05-2012, 09:31 PM
A great set of pictures. Looks a wonderful place.

AL...
21-05-2012, 01:10 PM
Great set of photos Phil Thanks for sharing mate

Cheers
AL

Adam Savage
21-05-2012, 01:19 PM
looks like someone had fun :)

Very artistic photos Phil. Nice one

Ashley Cawley
21-05-2012, 01:34 PM
Great photos Phil - You neglected to blow your own trumpet mate; you should you.. deserve it!

Roadkillphil
21-05-2012, 01:49 PM
Great photos Phil - You neglected to blow your own trumpet mate; you should you.. deserve it!

Haha!!! Feel a bit rude bigging maself up about it. Twas a fantastic achievement to be sure, but I couldn't have done it without your guidance bud :)


However.... I only went and got an ember after about a minute of my First ever go at bowdrill, then subsequently got the fire goin with he too!!!! :D

Haha!! Trumpet blown ;)

Thanks for all the comments guys :)

Ashley Cawley
21-05-2012, 02:21 PM
... I only went and got an ember after about a minute of my First ever go at bowdrill, then subsequently got the fire goin with he too!!!! :D ..You did really well bud, never even so much as popped the drill out of the board once! I've only ever seen one other person get an ember on their first ever go and that was another friend I taught; Matt :) Tis all in the teaching ;) ... nah you made it happen mate, done superb well done! I struggled for hundreds of attempts when I was a teenager trying to learn it out of a book! :( Wish I did it first time! :p

JonnyP
21-05-2012, 03:46 PM
Tis all in the teaching.. :0) Nice one Phil. I bet that fire burned brighter n better eh..
Loving that first pic with the bluebells n the beech leaves..

Realearner
21-05-2012, 05:18 PM
Great set of pictures, very artistic. And bow drill thats some woodland enjoyment ;)

alvino78
21-05-2012, 05:33 PM
looks an outstanding camp and weekend well done on the bow drill!!!! T^

Tony1948
21-05-2012, 10:03 PM
Well done PhillT^

Ashley Cawley
23-05-2012, 05:57 AM
I've made a quick video/photo mash-up of this weekend, it was still just me testing/learning how to film with my DSLR really...



https://vimeo.com/42646003

:campfire:

Roadkillphil
23-05-2012, 06:43 AM
ansum :)

Ben Casey
23-05-2012, 07:14 AM
You guys have it good down there T^

One question I have is why does my wood carving spoon knife thing look different to yours? Mine just goes round and hasn't got a point on the end I will have to put a pic up of it one day :)

Ashley Cawley
23-05-2012, 08:02 AM
You guys have it good down there

One question I have is why does my wood carving spoon knife thing look different to yours? Mine just goes round and hasn't got a point on the end I will have to put a pic up of it one day :)
A lot of the Mora crook/spoon knives are infact their normal carving knives just bent round so that's why it still has the point, a lot of people don't like the point on the end as there isn't much use for it and some people catch themselves on it so they often grind it off. Some crook knives will come with no point.

As long as you've got a sharp, bent cutting edge you'll be alright ;)

Hushwing
23-05-2012, 08:04 AM
Looks like a sound time. Well done Phil and Ash - nice atmosphere shown again. I managed to do an ember on my first bow drill adventure up at the Crannog Centre at Loch Tay under the tutelage of an iron age lady, no less. However, did nearly remove her head once though with a flying drill - I think that was ancient Celt she muttered under her breath!! It's just since then I have only had one success but beginning to realise that if someone hands you a bit of kit and it hasn't been used regularly then it's unlikely to have been trimmed/tidied for the next job - the tip is often glassy which I now realise isn't a good thing. thanks guys for sharing both the atmposphere and as usual the info. >C

Adam Savage
23-05-2012, 11:45 AM
First off, great little video Ash. Even if you were "testing" like you say, it all seems to come together perfectly :)


You guys have it good down there T^

One question I have is why does my wood carving spoon knife thing look different to yours? Mine just goes round and hasn't got a point on the end I will have to put a pic up of it one day :)

Like Ash says, there are several models of spoon knife. The flat ended one like yours is normally called a chisel point crook knife. It can be used for many things, like carving "bands" around a piece of wood, or grooves in the surface, as well as (strangly enough) spoon carving :D

The Mora 162... Chisel point

http://www.sharkdesigns.co.uk/pictures/cutting/500_frost_double_hook_162.jpg

The Mora 163...Double bevel (ground to an edge on both sides)

http://www.hunterscampingandbushcraft.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/cache/mora-163_405.jpg

The Mora 164...Single bevel (available in left or right handed)

http://store.harryepstein.com/merchant2/graphics/00000002/moraknife164.jpg

jus_young
23-05-2012, 12:06 PM
Nice one Ashley.

Has reminded me though that I had promised myself some carving gear so need to get this sorted really.

AL...
23-05-2012, 01:13 PM
Great vid Ash and the music is fantastic.
Can I just say one thing about working with the hook knives?
Best to wear a glove on which ever hand you hold the spoon in. .
It only takes one slip of the blade and yer on a trip to A&E.
Leather work gloves are just the job . They dont cost much but can save a real nasty cut.

OK off my soap box

Cheers
AL

Hushwing
23-05-2012, 01:30 PM
Great vid Ash and the music is fantastic.
Can I just say one thing about working with the hook knives?
Best to wear a glove on which ever hand you hold the spoon in. .
It only takes one slip of the blade and yer on a trip to A&E.
Leather work gloves are just the job . They dont cost much but can save a real nasty cut.


Not had hospital appointment yet but can confirm with recent work that it's dead easy to catch yourself especially with a pointed hook knife. Take shares in elastoplast - I'm supporting their whole world wide organisation at the moment!!

PS Ash, what is the music?

Ashley Cawley
23-05-2012, 01:33 PM
Looks like a sound time. Well done Phil and Ash - nice atmosphere shown again. I managed to do an ember on my first bow drill adventure up at the Crannog Centre at Loch Tay under the tutelage of an iron age lady, no less. However, did nearly remove her head once though with a flying drill - I think that was ancient Celt she muttered under her breath!! It's just since then I have only had one success but beginning to realise that if someone hands you a bit of kit and it hasn't been used regularly then it's unlikely to have been trimmed/tidied for the next job - the tip is often glassy which I now realise isn't a good thing. thanks guys for sharing both the atmposphere and as usual the info. >CNo problem, I think we did have a real nice little bow-drill workshop there that day, although we were lacking in tinder somewhat I think the guys learnt some stuff, admitidly we didn't spend too long doing it and there's a lot more to learn in terms of making a good set themselves, but there's plenty of time to cover that and a fitty excuse for another outing. ;)

Ashley Cawley
23-05-2012, 07:08 PM
Great vid Ash and the music is fantastic...

.. Ash, what is the music?

The music is a portion of: Sigur Rós - Heysátan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmE5hZaj8e4) I've bought their album "Takk..."for some of the moody music, some of it's quite nice. You'll probably recognise the "Hoppípolla (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAqJ0R-EkZg)" track as I think the BBC use it quite a lot.

I think you'll probably be hearing some more of their tunes in my personal vids that I post on here.

Kernowek Scouser
23-05-2012, 07:33 PM
Grand T^

AL...
23-05-2012, 08:29 PM
Great Ash .. realy liked the sounds

Cheers
AL