No worries! It will be freezing so that would definitely not be a good idea for you. I dont think my missus is too happy, I guess its safer than mountaineering which I got into a bit last year so she shouldn't complain haha.
I study at the Tamaki campus of Auck Uni so still not far away, sometimes I have clinic placement at Starship so we could meet up for lunch or coffee then.
Thanks for that! I was thinking of whipping together a post with the primitive bow videos, there are 12 parts. Its more like a film to watch, definitely above the average point and shoot caliber of videos.
P.s. check out the Trading post under the marketplace tab, going for a community trading/sharing resources angle. What do you think?
Looks like you have figured the attachment thing out. What I do is go to any comment box and while its blank, click on the "Upload a file" button. Then pick the file and upload it. Its then on the servers, and it spits out the HTML link into the box. Copy and paste this into any HTML text box and you're good to go, you can see I have done this on the Knives Group page.
Hope this helps!
2 of the bows were given away & reside in Uk, will photograph my sons bow, staves, arrows etc. I did a bit of woodland management in UK, have billhooks, axes, slkashers etc. It was an art which got left behind when people came here, abundance of timber meant they didn't need to manage the woodlands, nowdays it is something that should be considered, although pines do not coppice so not sure how it works with native species. We have a couple of acres here just north of Hamilton, introducing natives back on to the section & trying to cut back on the invasive Poplars etc. Cheers Colin
I don't use any powertools so hand tool list very similar. Ido have a few draw knives though and a Japanese saw rasp which is really handy, but surform is a Western version. Do you know what a draw horse looks like? I have made a couple in UK but left them behind, really useful for bowmaking. I brought the Ash with me, but you can get it here. Elm is another good wood and again available here. The staves were from an Ash of 12/14" in diameter, felled it, bucked it and split it to yield the staves. Stool left behind would just coppice so a sustaniable resource. Need to get to know some friendly farmers who would be willing to let us gather some wood.
Site looks great, I have Ash staves I am working on. Osage Orange is a notable bow wood and I think I heard that rumour too, but how to find it would be another thing. What sort of tools, workshop set up do you have? I have quite a bit of stuff, I am a joiner/cabinet maker, but as I have only been here for 2 years not quite set up right yet as have concentrated on work rather than interests.
Welcome, good to see you have made a bow, I had the idea for the bowmaking group, I have made about 3 flat bows and I have around 6 roughed out staves sitting there. I have been in NZ for 2 years and not had a chance to do any work on the staves. It would be good to share resources, I have not tried any native woods, but the flatbow techniques I have mean in theory I could make a bow from any timber. It is also possible to make a bow quickly with no real wood working, it involves lashing saplings together with any kind of cordage. Do you have any photos of your bow? We could add htyem to the group site. Anyhow like to catch up cheers Colin
Preaching to the choir about Ray Mears! He really is a legend. Just finished his 3 part Extreme Survival mini series where he tracks the leopard, black bear, and wolf. He is definitely an inspiration!
Thats a great youtube channel by the way, thanks for that. If you find a good video you would like to share with us, see How to add a video. Members can then rate it, comment, and even share with facebook/twitter/etc if you are into that.
I have actually been looking at getting a swedish mess set, maybe you could take some photos or even a video, it would make a great kit review. Just an idea, no pressure.