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by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:45 pm
Forum: The Bowyers Workbench
Topic: Longbow build along part one
Replies: 21
Views: 32288

Re: Longbow build along part one

I took the advice of some folks and insulated the inside of the oven box. I bought a roll of insulation that is made from a double layer of bubble wrap with heavy duty foil on both faces. It is just under a 1/4 inch thick and lightweight. http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/josh%20bow/j...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:44 pm
Forum: The Bowyers Workbench
Topic: Longbow build along part one
Replies: 21
Views: 32288

Re: Longbow build along part one

In order to evaluate the bow form, I built a mock up. I bought a pine, 2 x 6 and cut it into strips that were .065 thick. http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/josh%20bow/joshbow131.jpg Before gluing the strips together, I protected the form with two layers of tape. It will be easier to r...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:44 pm
Forum: The Bowyers Workbench
Topic: Longbow build along part one
Replies: 21
Views: 32288

Re: Longbow build along part one

On Sat. Morning, I built the oven box for the bow form. I will spare you the details since it's just a box made from scrap plywood that was left over from another project. I will say that It is 12 inches high and 22 inches wide and 74 inches long. By removing 6 screws at each end of the box, I can r...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:43 pm
Forum: The Bowyers Workbench
Topic: Longbow build along part one
Replies: 21
Views: 32288

Re: Longbow build along part one

I spent some time today, making the clamp holes in the form. When I assemble the bow, I plan to use spring clamps to compress all the layers of wood, fiberglass and epoxy together. I drilled big round holes and then used a jig saw to square up the side of the hole closest to the top surface. This wi...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:42 pm
Forum: The Bowyers Workbench
Topic: Longbow build along part one
Replies: 21
Views: 32288

Re: Longbow build along part one

Before I can go any further with Josh's bow, I need to build the form that the bow will be glued together on. There are a lot of ways to go about this and forms can be made many ways but I chose a way that seemed easy to me. I bought a nice straight 2 x 10 and traced the form that I came up with ont...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:40 pm
Forum: The Bowyers Workbench
Topic: Longbow build along part one
Replies: 21
Views: 32288

Longbow build along part one

I posted this on another forum but thought I would also post it here. I am not currently working on this bow (even though the posts will look like I am) I finished the bow last spring. I am going to show the steps in making this bow for my son. This will be a build along sort of thread This bow will...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:12 pm
Forum: The Bowyers Workbench
Topic: Natural Turkey Feather Fletching
Replies: 8
Views: 11092

Re: How to recycle a turkey and make it fly again

A regular old Stanley construction razor blade knife.
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:06 pm
Forum: Hobbies
Topic: Another hobby. Knife making
Replies: 9
Views: 6620

Another hobby. Knife making

During the winter months, I like to tinker with a little shade tree knife making. Nothing to fancy. I made my first knife back when I was 18 years old back in 1982. I make a lot of knives from saw blades but recently, I have been using bar stock O1 steel and doing my own heat treat and temper. I hav...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:36 pm
Forum: The Bowyers Workbench
Topic: Homemade broadheads (single bevel)
Replies: 20
Views: 35561

Homemade broadheads (single bevel)

This is the process I use to make the broadheads that I hunt with. I use 125 grain field points and reshape them to remove the shoulders. this step may not be necessary buy It looks nice. the blades are cut from a .039 thick bandsaw blade. http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/arrows/broa...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:24 pm
Forum: Camping
Topic: How to make a Tipi
Replies: 16
Views: 9201

Re: How to make a Tipi

The last pole is used to lift the canvas in place and is called the lifting pole. The canvas is tied to the lifting pole and then lifted and leaned against the rest of the poles. http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn31/WBH_stuff/IMG_6567.jpg Then the canvas is walked around the frame of poles. http:...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Camping
Topic: How to make a Tipi
Replies: 16
Views: 9201

How to make a Tipi

Here is how I built a Tipi for use on camping trips. I don't have pictures of the process of cutting, peeling and smoothing the poles. My two Son's and I harvested the 25 foot pines in a small stand in the middle of a cedar swamp. The pines were growing so thick that they only had branches near the ...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:18 pm
Forum: The Bowyers Workbench
Topic: Natural Turkey Feather Fletching
Replies: 8
Views: 11092

Natural Turkey Feather Fletching

I use the feathers from the birds we harvest to make my own arrow fletchings. I make the c0ck feathers from the wings of turkeys that I harvest. I am a traditional archer and bowhunter and I make all my own equipment. http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/newcedars991.jpg I like to use wh...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:13 pm
Forum: Traditional Archery
Topic: The birth of a traditional archer
Replies: 11
Views: 3683

Re: The birth of a traditional archer

Next we hit the display of Boradheads put on by the American Broadhead Collectors Club. It filled an entire building and had every broadhead every made over the last 80 years. This was a neat historical trip. It was entertaining to see what has been sold over the years as the "Next Great" broadhead....
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:12 pm
Forum: Traditional Archery
Topic: The birth of a traditional archer
Replies: 11
Views: 3683

The birth of a traditional archer

My son Josh and I loaded up our gear and headed to Michigan. We made the 220 mile trip to attend the Compton Traditional archery shoot. I had heard about this event in the past and since I am getting back into the traditional side of archery, we decided to attend. We strapped the Tipi poles to the r...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:07 pm
Forum: Traditional Archery
Topic: What do you see in this photo?
Replies: 27
Views: 13985

Re: What do you see in this photo?

Actually, I smell damp leaves, acorns and pine. I hear jays and crows. I see potential. I taste fresh game.
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:03 pm
Forum: Camp Cooking & Recipes
Topic: Smoked pork shoulder
Replies: 0
Views: 1491

Smoked pork shoulder

I had two nice 4 Lbs. boneless buts that just begging for the smoker so I fired her up. http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/sausage/porkbutt.jpg But first, I gave them a good rub down with yellow mustard. Treat your meat well. A good rubdown is relaxing http://i28.photobucket.com/albums...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:57 pm
Forum: Camp Cooking & Recipes
Topic: Maken Bacon
Replies: 6
Views: 3363

Maken Bacon

I will attempt to explain the 2 week process of making bacon here. Bacon comes from the pork belly but can be made from any part of the pig. Using shoulders gives me a less fatty bacon with more lean meat to enjoy. I bought a 60 pound box of pork trim for sausage making. From this, I set aside 15 po...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:55 pm
Forum: Game Processing
Topic: Venison Jerky (ground and formed)
Replies: 0
Views: 1807

Venison Jerky (ground and formed)

Who doesn't like jerky???? Here is how I make ground deer jerky. This will be a 23 pound batch. Step 1. Keep things clean. Wash everything in hot soapy water and wipe everything down with a solution of 1 part bleach in 10 parts water. I hate those little bacteria. http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:54 pm
Forum: Game Processing
Topic: Venison snack sticks
Replies: 1
Views: 1812

Venison snack sticks

Next to jerky, snack sticks are the family favorite. Here I will show how I make a 30 pound batch of snack sticks or hot sticks. I start with 80%lean venison and 20% pork trim. http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/sausage/sausage3.jpg I ground the venison first as the fat has a tendency ...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:53 pm
Forum: Game Processing
Topic: Venison Summer Sausage
Replies: 1
Views: 1914

Venison Summer Sausage

I thought I would share what I know about making Summer. I start with very lean and trimmed venison and I add to it beef and pork fat. The ratio I use is 80/20 or 80% lean venison to 20% fat. For a 20 pound batch I would use 16 pounds of venison and 2 pounds of beef fat and 2 pounds of pork fat. The...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:52 pm
Forum: Game Processing
Topic: Venison Bratwurst
Replies: 0
Views: 1508

Venison Bratwurst

For a 10 pound batch 5 pounds of lean Venison 5 pounds of fatty pork Or ground pork 5 tbsp salt 1 tbsp cracked fennel seed 2 tsp course black pepper 1 tbsp sugar 3 tsp crushed hot pepper (more if you like) 1 tsp caraway seeds 1 tbsp coriander 2 1/2 cups ice water. Grind both meats and mix by hand. M...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:51 pm
Forum: Game Processing
Topic: Venison Hotdogs
Replies: 0
Views: 1756

Venison Hotdogs

If your so inclined to turn some of your venison into Weiners, This should help. WIENERS (FRANKFURTERS) INGREDIENTS FOR 10 LBS. 2 cups ice water 2 level tsp. Instacure No. 1 4 Tb. paprika 6 Tb. ground mustard 1 tsp. ground black pepper 1 tsp. ground white pepper 1 tsp. ground celery seeds 1 Tb. mace...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:49 pm
Forum: Game Processing
Topic: Venison Canadian Bacon
Replies: 2
Views: 2020

Venison Canadian Bacon

I make this with deer loin just like it is made from pork loin. If you don't want to give up a loin, any roast seperated from the hind quarter will work. I make a brine using: 5 quarts of ice cold water 6 Oz. white or brown sugar 2 Oz. insta cure (it is also called prague powder #1 or speed cure) 8 ...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:48 pm
Forum: Game Processing
Topic: Canning venison
Replies: 5
Views: 8505

Canning venison

If you can boil water. You can can deer meat. I cut the deer into cubes about 1 1/2 inches square but it doesn't really matter what the shape is. I then pack the raw meat into pint jars and press the meat down tight. http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/canning1small.jpg I sprinkle 1/2 t...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: Game Processing
Topic: Deer Processing (a pictorial)
Replies: 3
Views: 2962

Deer Processing (a pictorial)

Step 1. Harvest a nice fat deer with your bow. http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/212007154/bow_nov_10th/nov_doe5.jpg Step 2. Gut it out and hang it. I like to hang them from the hind legs because I find they skin easier for me. How long you hang it depends on hot warm it is where you live. http...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:18 pm
Forum: The Bowyers Workbench
Topic: Feather Splicing
Replies: 30
Views: 28229

Re: Feather Splicing

That is some great and time consuming work.
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:53 pm
Forum: TradRag Den - General Discussion
Topic: Tell Us Who You Are... ?
Replies: 24
Views: 5699

Re: Tell Us Who You Are... ?

I am Rancid Crabtree on the Leatherwall and RGK on the Tradgang site. I am a picture taking fool. I hope I don't use up too much bandwidth here. ;) 44 years old. Bowhunting for the last 32 of them. Married, with two Sons in college and highschool. I hunt with all homemade gear including the bow, arr...
by rancid crabtree
Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:15 am
Forum: Welcome New Members
Topic: Hello from Wisconsin
Replies: 4
Views: 736

Hello from Wisconsin

I am almost exclusively a bow hunter but I do take my son's gun hunting each year. I started out trad in the mid 70's and then did a stretch of compound Bowhunting. I built my first longbow back in 1988 (the year Fred Bear died). I built a new longbow for my Son last year but I was the one that ende...