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#28889 - 02/25/24 10:55 AM Re: Oh-- wood I !! [Re: FLSH ETR]
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My wife does that to potatoes a few times a year!

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#28890 - 02/25/24 11:20 PM Re: Oh-- wood I !! [Re: FLSH ETR]
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Well, at the end of the day, that's one less pot, skillet or dish that needs to be cleaned.

I'll mention this real fast. It's been a while since I've packed in and camped, hunting and all. But I've done this a couple times, you can microwave your taters, cook them done and then wrap in foil.

About all of the times I've hunted like that, we'd have a campfire. The potato is already cooked, just drop them in the fire or coals, and didn't take long to warm up.

I don't eat out very often, but you know how you'll get those little packs of butter, ketchup and mustard? I save that stuff. You've already paid for it, take it home.

Above I told you about my Granddad's fireplace, I've watched him "temper" ax handles and all. In the fireplace I mean. I forget exactly how that did work.

This was years ago, I made a handle for a little tiny ball & peen hammer. You know how you are when you're young, don't have time to wait. You've gotta get it done now.

I had the handle roughed out, I knew it would shrink a little bit. So, I figured I'd zap it for a little bit in the microwave, and temper the handle. Microwave ovens were pretty much new back at the time. (Mom didn't trust them for years).

Long story short, I put the handle in the microwave oven, gave the knob a spin and cooked it. Not sure how long it was in the stove?, but I remember when I opened the door, a big puff of steam rolled out, and that baby was HOT!

Longer story short, I don't remember how long that little piece of wood set there and steamed? Once it cooled off, I worked it down a little bit more, fitted the hammer head, cut a groove for the wedge, and put it in place.

Mom used that hammer a good bit, hanging pictures and this and that. Last time I picked up the hammer, it's still as solid as the day I put it together. That's been over 40 years ago, so that's pretty good!

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#28894 - 02/26/24 08:17 PM Re: Oh-- wood I !! [Re: FLSH ETR]
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Way back when, my brother telephoned me to ask if I would help him hang a picture. I was still a student and living at my parents. Brother had just bought his first house.

Beers opened, he said that it was time to hang the picture but first he had to find the nail. Not THE nails but THE nail. He had ONE nail.

I don't even know how you can get just one nail.

That was good for a long laugh. But the best was yet to come. When he got his hammer it turned out to be one of these kit hammers. The kind that comes in a wallet. You have a wrench, screwdriver with different heads, tiny ruler and pencil. All in a plastic wallet. It's the type of thing you get in your Xmas stocking from someone that won it at bingo.

I remember telling him it was the perfect hammer for a guy with one nail.I still tease him about it.

It was nowhere near as solid as your mothers hammer.

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#28896 - 02/28/24 01:43 PM Re: Oh-- wood I !! [Re: FLSH ETR]
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I know what you mean about those little Junior handyman starter kits. Pretty much just a last minute stocking stuffer.

We'll probably never solve the "Mystery of THE Nail". I figure he found the nail in a closet or the gas station parking lot?

I'll bet that was interesting watchimg him drive his nail.

We can still joke about stuff like buying a single nail, but for anyone that's bought hardware recently, the prices are no joke. A while back, I stopped at the lumber yard to get a box of 3.5 inch deck screws. I got the smallest box they had, and on the shelf they were priced at $17 or $18. I mean you can hold the whole box of screws in one hand. I thought the price was crazy.

But, I needed the screws, and I'm not going to drive all over town and waste an hour's time to try to save a Dollar.

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#28901 - 03/03/24 01:05 AM Re: Oh-- wood I !! [Re: FLSH ETR]
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Guys I was out the other morning, turned off on an old mountain road, and found fresh buggy tracks. It'd had rained the night before, and they were new. No big deal, we were on a dead end road, unless you have a key-ring full of keys and a couple combinations, you're stuck.

A little bit later I found the buggy parked in the road, with a tree across the road. I didn't know the man, but he looked familiar. I pulled off to the side and behind his buggy. I could see that he had a chainsaw, he didn't see me for a little bit.

Anyway, I walked up and introduced myself, he is an older man. We talked for a little bit, just talking to him I could tell he was winded. (Like I mentioned above about Wardney). Kenny said he was 76 years old. I told him that I had my saw in the truck, but since his was already warmed up, to let me take a turn. He didn't hesitate.

When the tree fell, it took down a smaller tree, and you could tell it was spring loaded. Cutting stuff like that is dangerous. I motioned for him to back up and stay in the clear. Anyway, we cut the tree out of the road, no harm done.

Kenny had a small Stihl saw, I just glanced at it, but I think it was a Stihl 019. It was sharp, cutting good, but you couldn't horse it. For a buggy saw, it did the job.

I have a Stihl 026 Pro that I haul around in the truck. It's a good little saw.

Kenny and I were doing the same thing, pulling traps. They were calling for bad weather the next day, and wind gusts up to 50 MPH.

Just happened to bump into each other later, he showed me a set of shed deer antlers, big horns! Kenny grows whitetail deer, on his farm. High fence area.

Long story short, I'm invited to his farm to talk trapping and inspect the herd. I'm looking forward to that, and looking at his handmade cage traps.

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#28902 - 03/03/24 11:23 AM Re: Oh-- wood I !! [Re: FLSH ETR]
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It's nice when random events turn into good times.

Tell us about these "high fence" areas. What is that? He farms wild deer?

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#28903 - 03/03/24 04:38 PM Re: Oh-- wood I !! [Re: FLSH ETR]
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I'm not sure how that works? I'll bet there is a pile of red tape and paperwork involved. Probably enough tape to stretch from here to your house!

The way I understand Kenny's operation, he farms deer. Don't think you can hunt on his property, then he'll sell them to other "high fence" operations where you can hunt. For big money.

A few years ago, Wardney and I went to a taxidermist's shop to drop of a bear hide, I think. The taxidermist is a good friend, about the same age as me, and he's good.

We were just snooping around, looking at the antlers and bear skulls he had laying around, I asked if he'd taken in any really nice bucks. He took us across his driveway to his other shed, where he keeps his freezers and does most of his work.

As well as I remember, there were 12 or 15 sets of antlers, still on the skull plate. He said they all came from the High Fence area. Some of them were up 24, 26 inches wide or better. Bucks bigger than you'll ever see around here.

Tommy told us that when they first built their "high fence" area, the DNR made sure that there were no, local wild deer on the property. Checked the fence and the property when snow was on the ground.

I think back at the time, the folks that own the place would charge 8 or $10,000 to hunt. Fancy lodge and food and all.

I'll never be inside the fence.

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#28916 - 03/13/24 11:52 AM Re: Oh-- wood I !! [Re: FLSH ETR]
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Above I told you about the tree that Kenny and I cut out of the road and all. The landowner where the tree fell is a good friend and he burns wood. So, I left him a message. It was a good healthy tree, just the wind took it down.

I talked to the landowner the other day, he said he got all of it except for the bottom 2 or 3 blocks. That tree would have made 3 nice saw logs. He said it was solid to the stump.

But with it laying flat on the ground, it doesn't take long before it'll start to get "punky". Talking about how soft our ground is now, the mailman keeps record of our precipitation. I talked to him yesterday, since the first of 2024, we've had 5.55 inches. And that's only been 10 weeks. We've been wet.

We've been having some really strong winds, that has helped dry up the mud. I think it started last Saturday, but we had snow flurries for a day and a half. It didn't amount to much here in town, but the mountains got 3 or 4 inches. With the freeze/thaw conditions, the ground is soft.

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