View Full Version : Making charcloth and playing w. new gear at the allotment

13-10-2012, 06:08 PM
We have just returned from spending the afternoon at our allotment relaxing, cooking and playing with new gear. It has been quite a while since I have had the time to really put the legs up, pop open a beer and do some bushy stuff.

Most of the morning was spent sharpening my new Puma Original Bowie (trưing to give the edge a less shallow grind) and refinishing/polishing the blade.

I brought my new Puma Original Bowie as well as two new Products from Grilliput; the colapsible grill and the foldable firebowl - eager to test them all out.

Most of the firewood was processed with the Puma and a Silky 180 saw - despite of being a bowie, with a sharpened point, the puma did not do a bad job at batoning really. Firesticking was not really successful with the extremely shallow ground edge of this knife, I have tried to steepen the grind a little, but it will take some work before I will be completely satisfied.
The Grilliput firebowl did a nice job all the way through. It is a nice bit of kit, though a bit expensive for something that is essentially a vegetable steamer with no holes in. I can't see it replace my bushcooker any day soon though.

The Puma Original Bowie w. refinished blade. I really like this knife - I have wanted one since I was ten years old.

Pasta sauce over the fire. The Grilliput grill is not doing a good job as a pot stand, it is too low (this will also being a problem using it as a barbecue), the heat causes the grills to warp and the legs seem to unscrew themselves due to the heat (?!)

Tomatoes added - and the Grilliput grill replaced with one of the trivets my father made my for my 30'th birthday; much better!

While the sauce simmers next to the fire, there is just time to start the first batch of charcloth before food is ready.

After dinner; second batch of charcloth. I find the process of making charcloth highly fascinating.

Third batch of charcloth, before going over the fire.

The results of today's work; enough charcloth for a long time and a refinished Puma Original Bowie.

ian c
13-10-2012, 06:17 PM
Looks like you had a good time there the stew looks good as well, did you do any work on your allotment or were you to busy?

13-10-2012, 06:27 PM
It is usually Maria who does the gardening, I have never been very fond of it really.

13-10-2012, 06:42 PM
Now thats a knife!
Does not look like you left for home hungry either. Good to have a little retreat :-)

13-10-2012, 06:53 PM
that puma really is nice mate,that will last a hundred yearsor more i bet.

ime with you on the grilliput,concept is good but in practice quite useless.

13-10-2012, 06:53 PM
Now thats a knife!
Does not look like you left for home hungry either. Good to have a little retreat :-)

A mountainman's leuku :)

No, I am still quite full - and getting sleepy. I may have a wee dram of scotch before bed though.

The alloment is our refuge and retreat. Unfortunally, due to the wet summer, we have not spent nearly as much time there, this year, as we would like to.

that puma really is nice mate,that will last a hundred yearsor more i bet.

ime with you on the grilliput,concept is good but in practice quite useless.

It is quite a knife, the only thing I did not like was the factory polish with plenty of toolmarks and the very shallow grind. The finish is taken care of, the grind will take some work.

The Grilliput is a big dissapointment really. I am seriously considering removing it from the store - I don't fancy selling gimmicky stuff that doesn't work.

13-10-2012, 07:09 PM
This is our allotment; https://maps.google.dk/maps?q=Ny+L%C3%B8vh%C3%B8j,+Horsens&hl=da&ie=UTF8&ll=55.880718,9.830854&spn=0.002145,0.006539&sll=56.23008,11.5425&sspn=4.355012,13.392334&oq=ny+l%C3%B8vh%C3%B8j&t=h&hnear=Ny+L%C3%B8vh%C3%B8j,+8700+Horsens&z=18&layer=c&cbll=55.880737,9.829653&panoid=keDqFfWTLkTmB0LwPnsiyg&cbp=12,14.62,,0,7.82

Two small red houses and a few sheds, running weater (a faucet at the end of the allotment) - but no toilet and electricity.

A few trees hans been planted and a few patches with vegetables has been added since the photo was taken.

We have quite a few problems with water in the garden. The soil is more of less peat and there is usually 5-10 cm water in the lower places when it rains. Planting willows along the lenght of the allotment has helped a little though.

The allotment is quite large for Danish standards; around 500 M²

Howling Dingo
13-10-2012, 09:44 PM
Good stuff..That knife is a beast.!!

13-10-2012, 10:36 PM
That ant an alloment that's a small holding Jakob.

13-10-2012, 11:51 PM
Cool stuff, Jakob. That's a badass knife!
I clicked onto the google street photo...nice green little spot you have. These allotments are what - rented/leased gardens?
Privately owned? State owned?

14-10-2012, 08:39 AM
The allotments are owned by the muncipality and run by a private association. We pay an annual fee of D.Kr. 1600,- for it. The houses - and everything on the allotment - are ours.

14-10-2012, 08:40 AM
what do you grow jeep?

14-10-2012, 09:52 AM
Potatoes, carrots, peas and radishes. But, it is mostly Maria who does the gardening. I grew up on a more or less self-sufficient farm, I have done my share of gardening for life...