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A Trade with Jake- " Devil's Son In Law "

06 May 2017 - 08:13 AM

Just got these great looking frames in a trade with Jake.

The natural is a beautifully finished piece of Oak with a nice finishing touch on the butt cap.

The way it's shaped, it's like a natural Ergo-Excellent!

The other gem is a chalice type frame I think carved from Ebony.

Really nice work on both Bud!  Big time thanks Jake! These are wonderful!


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Couple of new ones

26 April 2017 - 03:28 PM

I made these two recently. The one on the left is my Classic Universal Ergo carved from 3/4" Baltic Birch.

The other one is a pocket shooter made from a left over bit of Osage Orange.

Osage can never be thrown away no matter how small the piece you have left!

It must be used somehow because the wood is just that good! ( you might get the impression that I'm a fan of Osage....You are correct!!!!!!) :king: 


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"Mixed Bag"

14 April 2017 - 02:41 PM

Went out this morning to a local pond with my Buddy looking for some Bass. Temperature was 43 degrees but light winds-which makes a heck of a difference!

We were in our kayaks. Got nothing for about an hour. Then my friend hooked up with a Crappie.

Then I got one. After getting a few we figured out a pattern. Every time the sun came out, they would hit-and only on something Chrome or silver. He had a Small "rattling rap" in Chrome-I had a silver Mepps #3.

Then some one got a perch,then a bluegill, then a small Bass,then a small foul hooked channel cat! We ended up with 22 total-all small. I got 8 and my Buddy got 14. A real "Mixed Bag" .They wanted a very slow retrieve right above the bottom. Hey, they want what they want!!! Oh yeah, almost forgot, highlight of the day? A pair of Bald Eagles came gliding in! The bigger of the 2 ( huge!) sat in a high tree. That was the female. The male proceeded to swoop down and nailed a trout-very cool! You don't see too many Bald eagles in New Jersey so it's a big deal! Fun day! 


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Sling Mail......For Me!

22 March 2017 - 03:22 PM

Yep. Reached into the mailbox the other day and-BUBBLE PACKAGE! Love getting stuff in the mail!

This time it was a "Kestrel" slingshot design by Dan- "Gopher" on the forum. We recently decided to trade.

This handleless frame, very cool ,is crafted from Baltic Birch and Purple Heart with a paracord lanyard and three brass ferrules-two for a tube attachment if desired and one for the lanyard.

I love this little "Half Shot"! I've seen a few of these on the forum before but never made one or shot one. I have to say it is comfortable, very light. easily hides in pocket ( great for around here! ) and it's fun shooting it.

I rigged up a light set of flat TBG and a 3 hole pouch, threw a few empty plastic pint water bottles out in the field behind where I work and went to it. Missed the first two shots then hit the next 4-What a blast! Lotta fun shooting this little guy! Thanks so much Dan. I always did admire your work and now I get to see and use it first hand-SCORE!!!



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Favorite game played growing up

16 March 2017 - 05:21 PM

This could be an outdoor game-baseball,football etc. or any other type game, puzzle, board game, video etc. Any type game at all.

Explain the game an anything about it you care to share.

I'll start it off.


I played a ton of games as a kid. I was always outside. Of all the games inside or out I ever played, nothing compared to Stickball!


All that was needed was a "High Bouncer" or some of the kids called them "Spaldeens" a semi hard grayish-pinkish high bouncing rubber ball the size ( maybe slightly smaller) then a tennis ball.


Then you would would need a cut down broom stick- (Moms would always wonder what happened to their brooms that started out long and suddenly became only the brush part?).


Then you would need a place to play. It would be either on a city block or in a playground or anywhere there was a wall to throw the ball up against.


There was 2 types of Stickball-Fast Pitch and "on a bounce".We played both but the most popular was "on a bounce".


When we played, the pitcher threw to the batter on one bounce- always overhand and the batter would get one swing-miss it you're out -hit it and run the bases (which were the tires of parked cars ) BTW


the pitchers mound was some spit smeared with your sneaker to mark a line on the street-(very high tech ).Two fouls ( foul tips )and you're out also.


Anything hit on a fly over the cemetery wall or 3 sewer plates was a homer ( home run). When we didn't have enough kids to play-very rare ( usually 5-6 to a side )we would set boundaries.


So far is a single-past that car is a double-past that hydrant is a triple-etc.


The greatest feeling was when you connected with the sweet spot on that bat ( about 6-8 inches from the end ) and hit that ball-the sound and the feeling you just knew it was GONE!


Let me tell you that ball would really take off-and with enough force to break noses- I know because I saw it happen! Some real long homer were hit. It was the best!


To me the greatest game ever!!!!!!

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