What did you do today 2016?

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What did you do today 2016?

Post by Frosty the Bowman » Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:49 pm

Well finished another week back at work. It was an enormously frustrating day as we have been experiencing on again off again computer issues all week and our phone system has been intermittently out as well. Makes for a very long week when you can't get anything done every time you turn around.

This is my busy time of year with all the applications coming in for all our Graduate Programs. I started the day already behind so when I come back from a meeting and my system is down and then it is down the rest of the entire day I thought 5 O'Clock would never come. I know I should appreciate a slow day, but slow days make for really long days.

The day ended on a high note, when I left it was SNOWING AGAIN!!!!!! Winter is my favorite season.
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Post by Poggins » Sat Jan 16, 2016 5:30 am

Sorry I hadn't been on here in a while , been busy lately , out tonight on surveillance.
I had 34 hours in at work on Wen so I took off 6 hours and helped my dad out at the scrap yard , 10 hours Thurs and 9 hours Fri , got the text to report to work at midnight this morning so I did manage to get about 3 hours sleep this evening .
Going to work on my trade bow and some items for the OSS banquet this weekend , who knows maybe I'll squeeze in some time in the woods with a bow and get some squirrels or a pig .

Just thought I'd chime in and let everyone know I'm still kicking .

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Post by hawkthrower » Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:40 am

Been waiting out the latest storm - mostly wind! but gusts to 65mph........ keepin an eye on the roof of the barn.
Meanwhile the new neighbor took a liking to my smokepoles and decided to get a kit..... I think there is another convert about to join the group! :D
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Post by Frosty the Bowman » Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:54 pm

Woke up this morning to 5 "ladies" (female pheasants) out for a stroll in the fields around our house.
What a treat and blessing to be able to see all this around me all the time. It sure makes me and my family really appreciate all that we have. We may not be as Donald Trump financially, but we are so much richer in n so many different ways.
We get to see so many things here that we only dreamed about seeing back when we lived in the city. Last weekend we spent quite a bit of time together just taking pictures and watching the seasonal creek that flows through our fields. So relaxing to just listen to the calming sounds of it burbling and flowing over the weeds, rocks and stuff.

Last Tuesday on our way in to work about 7 am as we passed by the local golf course we spotted a herd of Elk just hanging out under the trees. Too bad it's right on the highway so there was no place we could stop to take a picture. I think as I stared wide eyed and dumb founded like a little kid I think we counted about 40-50 of them all bunched together, mainly cows. Unfortunately I never did get to see a bull, but I was just glad to get to see them period, what a great way to start your day.
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Re: What did you do today 2016?

Post by Aeronut » Sat Jan 23, 2016 3:48 pm

Been working on some woodworking projects today.
Small display boxes in the works.
I bought some expanding arbors for my lathe and am going to try making some duck and goose calls.
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Re: What did you do today 2016?

Post by Frosty the Bowman » Sat Jan 23, 2016 5:50 pm

Had a fun afternoon the other day checking out the seasonal creek that flows through the property we now live on.

It was flowing pretty good, in some places it was about 3-4 feet deep.

There is another creek that flows in from a neighboring property that flows into the main one that goes through our place. It makes a pretty little waterfall where it flows over an old cobblestone wall. Makes for a pretty and relaxing place to just sit and take five.
Hope you enjoy these pictures.

***Note, I am so sorry that my phone loaded my photos all weird.***
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Post by WISKY » Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:28 pm

Today, I got my hands on a Stone Glacier pack. Loaded it up with a #50 salt bag. Reviewed it in the Gear Review Section. Love doing that type of thing without having to ACTUALLY spend money on equipment to find out whether I like it. Ha :)
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Post by TradRag » Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:09 am

WISKY wrote:Today, I got my hands on a Stone Glacier pack. Loaded it up with a #50 salt bag. Reviewed it in the Gear Review Section. Love doing that type of thing without having to ACTUALLY spend money on equipment to find out whether I like it. Ha :)

nice! hog ready?
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Post by WISKY » Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:49 am

Sure is Bryan. Tell you what, I'll bring the old girl down for you to try out. I promise not to shoot a pig over 100#. Then you can haul it out whole to test the pack AND have a whole pig for the barbeque spit. :) What a deal! We'll take pics! Sissy men drag their pig. :lol:
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Post by TradRag » Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:56 pm

:lol:

Ain't no sissies in hog camp. Carrying is for the youth...draggin' is for the wise. I videos you last year hog drag 8-)

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Post by WISKY » Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:35 pm

Ha YES , I remember that video! Note that I did NOT take the easy way out, as I was draging it against the hair! 8-)
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Post by KsBow » Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:04 am

Yesterday, I went out and did a little walking and checking on stuff at the farm. Removed an old ground blind that was all busted up. Put a snow pole in the new blind that I just sat up. Also tied the top of the blind over a limb, so now it'll be ice and snow proof. I also repositioned a ladder stand that had a wee bit of forward tilt to the seat and floor. It'll be more comfortable. Checked out some trails and looked for possible stand sites. Also, occasionally glanced at the ground in case there might be an antler lying around.
Today, I'll got to my friend's and pick up the Euro of George Jones, my buck I killed in December. Will post a pic of him later. Daughter is here, so I'm gonna smoke a rack today. Life is good.
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Post by Aeronut » Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:00 am

Played in the basement for a while yesterday evening.

Made some brass bands for a project. Needed an odd size so I took a sink drain and forced it over a wood dowel I turned down on the wood lathe. Then cut them with a hacksaw and sanded them down.

Also sanded down some small boxes I'm making from some wormy wood. I like the distressed look of the wood. They will look nice when I spray the finish on them.
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Post by KsBow » Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:26 pm

Picked up George's rack. All done except for mounting.
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Post by Aeronut » Sun Jan 31, 2016 1:37 pm

Put the finishing touches on my first double reed duck call.

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Osage barrel and stopper turned on my lathe
brass band made from a sink drain
Hut Products double reed insert
3' of camo paracord
5/16" copper tubing
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Post by KsBow » Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:11 pm

Beautiful work Dennis. :applaud:
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Post by WISKY » Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:08 pm

Today we drove back from the Kalamazoo Trad Expo. Had a great weekend, trying out bows, watching a indoor 3D shoot. I bought some grizzly broadheads, a new shooting glove, renewed my membership to the Michigan Longbow Association and talked to many friends, new and old at the PBS booth. On Saturday wore my Trad-Rag hat proudly. :)
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Post by KsBow » Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:55 pm

Just finished making a batch of Sandhill Plum Jelly and a batch of Concord Grape Jelly for the OSS Banquet this weekend. Tomorrow I'll start loading the car for the trip south. We're ready. Have the Trade Bow in a sock and ready to go to a new home. :campfire:
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Post by WISKY » Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:41 pm

Packing gear and buying food for our upcoming TX pig hunt, which starts this coming Sunday. Can't wait to start sneaking around in the brush, and getting point blank on some hogs. Those sows really snarl at you from under those mesquite bushes. :shock:

Found out an interesting tidbit about our hunting area. The hunting bunk house for this ranch is located in King County, TX. It is 913 square miles in size with a total population of 285. That's right, 285 for the whole shebang. There are no incorporated towns, not even sure they have a county courthouse. There is the wild west for ya. One of the least populated counties in the lower 48.
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Post by hawkthrower » Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:00 pm

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Set up the silhouette range today! - get in a bit of practice before the next snow....... :applaud:
Nothing like a fine winter afternoon in the 40's for a bit of backyard target practice! Never mind the drifts on the other side of the trees!
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Re: What did you do today 2016?

Post by Frosty the Bowman » Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:43 pm

I had a wonderful Vslentines Day with my wife and family.

I spent a lot of time the past 2 days working very hard to make an amazing Valentine's Day present for my loving, amazing wife.
I used some old, junk lumber I found when we moved in last year and I combined that with some Birch limbs to "frame" it all to help give it a more rustic, cabin furnishing style for it.

I know it's not a bow, or archery related but I just wanted to share it with y'all as I thought it turned out really well.

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Post by Frosty the Bowman » Sun Feb 14, 2016 11:01 pm

I'm really sorry but my phone screwed up and uploaded the wrong picture so I'll try again.

This is what I made for my wife for Valentine's Day.
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Post by FullDraw » Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:02 pm

Very nice, Kevin!! I bet she loved it!!

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Re: What did you do today 2016?

Post by hawkthrower » Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:46 am

Today 1. Feed critters
2. put up hay
3. oil wood on inside doors and frames
4. oil posts on porch back and isle on barn
5. rake yard
6. paint bathroom
7. mop floors up and down stairs
8. dust and straighten up
9. haul trash to the dump
10. collapse on the floor of exhaustion
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Post by zeek from coon creek » Sat Mar 05, 2016 4:27 pm

hawkthrower wrote:Today 1. Feed critters
2. put up hay
3. oil wood on inside doors and frames
4. oil posts on porch back and isle on barn
5. rake yard
6. paint bathroom
7. mop floors up and down stairs
8. dust and straighten up
9. haul trash to the dump
10. collapse on the floor of exhaustion
OK...so what did you do after lunch? :shock:
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Post by Frosty the Bowman » Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:00 pm

zeek from coon creek wrote:
hawkthrower wrote:Today 1. Feed critters
2. put up hay
3. oil wood on inside doors and frames
4. oil posts on porch back and isle on barn
5. rake yard
6. paint bathroom
7. mop floors up and down stairs
8. dust and straighten up
9. haul trash to the dump
10. collapse on the floor of exhaustion
OK...so what did you do after lunch? :shock:
Zeek, my friend, ha ha ha, man you just gave me the best laugh I've had all day. Love ya brother for keeping it real.

No disrespect Hawkthrower, we all know how hard you work. You make me tired just reading your post. Lol

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Re: What did you do today 2016?

Post by Frosty the Bowman » Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:48 pm

I spent some time last Saturday working with my father in law. Finally got started on building my forge.
I've been wanting to build a forge for quite a while. So I now got it started.
I'm building a brake drum forge for my first foray into blacksmithing.

I drilled and welded on my air intake/ash grate. I also built some legs out of some angle iron. I went for a tripod style. They may be a little short, but at least they are stable and not the least bit wobbly.

Please feel free to let me know what your thoughts are. Also feel free to offer any suggestions or recommendations you may think of. Thanks
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Re: What did you do today 2016?

Post by Winter Hawk » Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:17 pm

Frosty,

Are you going from plans, or winging it as you build? I've thought about building a forge; I'd like one with a hand crank blower or otherwise 12 volt d.c. so it can run off the truck battery.

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Post by Frosty the Bowman » Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:19 am

Winter Hawk wrote:Frosty,

Are you going from plans, or winging it as you build? I've thought about building a forge; I'd like one with a hand crank blower or otherwise 12 volt d.c. so it can run off the truck battery.

~Kees~
Kees/Winter Hawk,

I have looked at many people's forges, but I am not working off of any plans. I am just winging the whole thing, it's a definite learning experience.
I agree, I would like to have a hand cranked blower, but for now I am just planning on using something like a hair dryer or something similar to provide the air. Unfortunately right now a hand crank blower is like a nice big anvil, out of my price range for now.

If there is any questions I can answer or at least try to answer i am happy to help.

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Re: What did you do today 2016?

Post by zeek from coon creek » Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:35 am

Winter Hawk wrote:Frosty,

Are you going from plans, or winging it as you build? I've thought about building a forge; I'd like one with a hand crank blower or otherwise 12 volt d.c. so it can run off the truck battery.

~Kees~
The 12 volt D.C. comment gave me an idea, go to a auto salvage yard (we called them junk yards back in the day) and get a heater fan. Don't forget to get the variable speed switch that operates it while you are at it so you can vary the air flow into the forge. I would imagine a deep cycle battery like trolling motors use would last for a long time running it. Of course you'd have to be creative enough to be able to construct some kind of duct work to channel the air into the forge.
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