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Message started by walter on Mar 30th, 2020 at 9:53pm

Title: A day in the woods
Post by walter on Mar 30th, 2020 at 9:53pm
Hunting antler sheds, morels, wild plants and checking out this years pinyon crop.
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Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by Kick on Mar 31st, 2020 at 4:38am
Well now I'm very jealous. I have work today :(

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by Curious Aardvark on Mar 31st, 2020 at 11:01am
what's a pinyon ?

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by walter on Mar 31st, 2020 at 6:35pm

Curious Aardvark wrote on Mar 31st, 2020 at 11:01am:
what's a pinyon ?


A conifer that produces fairly large (approx 1/4" x 1/2") delicious seeds.
Forgot to mention our top priority of these hikes. Sling catch and follow the flu flu :)

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by Rat Man on Mar 31st, 2020 at 11:19pm
That's exactly what I need... a day in the woods. 

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by walter on Mar 31st, 2020 at 11:52pm

Rat Man wrote on Mar 31st, 2020 at 11:19pm:
That's exactly what I need... a day in the woods.

:thumb:

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by vetryan15 on Apr 1st, 2020 at 9:31am
Sounds like fun,  i wish i wasnt that busy with work to enjoy sone woods time.

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by joe_meadmaker on Apr 1st, 2020 at 11:53am
Great pictures! The landscape looks pretty awesome.

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by walter on Apr 1st, 2020 at 8:30pm

vetryan15 wrote on Apr 1st, 2020 at 9:31am:
Sounds like fun, i wish i wasnt that busy with work to enjoy sone woods time.

Try to sneak a few hours in every week. Good for your body, mind and soul ;)

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by walter on Apr 1st, 2020 at 8:52pm

joe_meadmaker wrote on Apr 1st, 2020 at 11:53am:
Great pictures! The landscape looks pretty awesome.

It is awesome! Love the old village sites scattered throuout the forest. Those people knew the right way of living and had their pick of the best real estate. Like finding handling and sometimes using the tools they left behind. Here is an axe I found and used to clear some shrub oak for a campsite.


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Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by vetryan15 on Apr 2nd, 2020 at 4:49am

walter wrote on Apr 1st, 2020 at 8:30pm:

vetryan15 wrote on Apr 1st, 2020 at 9:31am:
Sounds like fun, i wish i wasnt that busy with work to enjoy sone woods time.

Try to sneak a few hours in every week. Good for your body, mind and soul ;)

I go out almost everyday to the woods, unfortunately its to cut firewood. But i do enjoy it and only sometimes do i see it as a chore, and workout.

Thats an awesome axe stone,  i am looking at doing a 2nd attempt at flintknapping soon.

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by slingbadger on Apr 2nd, 2020 at 9:52am
I spent a few days going around the obscure places of a state park. turns out there's a ghost town there I was unaware of.

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by Morphy on Apr 5th, 2020 at 1:22pm
What a great thread. Did you have any luck on the mushrooms? Looks like you got your bow there and Im assuming a sling? Recipe for a perfect day.

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by walter on Apr 5th, 2020 at 5:16pm
Haven't seen any mushrooms  >:(
Have seen plenty of elk; no antlers and even though we have had plenty of rain, the pinyon crop is going to be small But! The weather is beautiful, we are getting some good exercise, my slinging is once again improving (switched style to the Bambula) and loving making and roving with my own bows :)

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by Mersa on Apr 5th, 2020 at 7:38pm
nothing much better than a day in the woods slinging stones and shooting sticks, we just got our first rains in the area and the fungi is starting to come up.

i think i need to make another self bow, i have attempted 5 that made it to brace and of those 3 made it to shooting although none are perfect.

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by walter on Apr 5th, 2020 at 9:04pm
Ah, that elusive perfect bow. I am making this one wider and long. It MIGHT come in @ 45 lbs @ 28" and stay there - if I don't mess up again :'(


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Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by Mersa on Apr 5th, 2020 at 11:57pm
Id love to build something that gets above 45pound at 28 and is shorter than 60 nock to nock.
I always make my longer bows too weak and my shorter bows dont make the 28 draw

Also want to make a 13 riser for some old takedown limbs I have

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by Morphy on Apr 6th, 2020 at 12:14pm
With you being in Arizona I would look into a hickory/sinew short bow. Bet you could make a rocket launcher out there with the relative humidity you have.

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by walter on May 19th, 2020 at 11:25pm
I live in one of the valleys in the pic. We are surrounded by hundreds of miles of mtns, mesas, cliffs, valleys, creeks and rivers. Sometimes it does my heart good to climb up high and take a birds eye look at the surrounding forest.
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Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by vetryan15 on May 20th, 2020 at 3:42am
That is amazing!!!

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by Mersa on May 20th, 2020 at 4:39am
Nice looking spot

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by slingbadger on May 20th, 2020 at 6:23am
Been spending as much time hiking as I can. We have some great areas near me. Everything is starting to leaf out and bloom. I also found some great fossils I've been IDing.

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by Morphy on May 20th, 2020 at 7:57am
I used to live in Tucson. Arizona is a beautiful state. I really loved going up to the mountains especially. Its like a different world up there.

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by walter on May 20th, 2020 at 5:26pm

Morphy wrote on May 20th, 2020 at 7:57am:
I used to live in Tucson. Arizona is a beautiful state. I really loved going up to the mountains especially. Its like a different world up there.


Lived there in my early twenties
Mt Lemmon every weekend :)


Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by Morphy on May 20th, 2020 at 6:59pm

walter wrote on May 20th, 2020 at 5:26pm:

Morphy wrote on May 20th, 2020 at 7:57am:
I used to live in Tucson. Arizona is a beautiful state. I really loved going up to the mountains especially. Its like a different world up there.


Lived there in my early twenties
Mt Lemmon every weekend :)


You got it man.  :D

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by Rat Man on May 20th, 2020 at 11:32pm
Walter, that's absolutely beautiful.  You are blessed.

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by walter on May 21st, 2020 at 6:41pm
Glad you like the pic
It is very hard to make a living here, but we love these forested mtns so chose to get by on bare necessities so we could walk out the door into the forest every day.

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by Bill Skinner on May 21st, 2020 at 9:26pm
Great pictures.  BTW, that 3/4 groove ax is really old.  Just at a guess, 9000+ years.

My thought when I saw the cliff picture was, "I'll bet you could throw a rock a mile from there..." 

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by walter on May 21st, 2020 at 10:28pm
Been meaning to give the axe head to a local museum. Have found a ton of potsherds and points over the years.


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Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by walter on May 21st, 2020 at 10:37pm
@ Bill Skinner


Nine thousand sounds about right. I had figured somewhere between 7000 and 11000 for the axe.

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by vetryan15 on May 22nd, 2020 at 3:20am
Wow, that impressive able to find stuff that old.

Title: Re: A day in the woods
Post by Bill Skinner on May 22nd, 2020 at 1:40pm
Full groove are the oldest, followed by the 3/4 groove, followed by the 1/2 groove followed by the celt.  And that's not set in stone.  (Hee hee, see what I did there?   ;D) As far as actual dates, that would be quite difficult to determine for an out of context tool.  There's quite a bit of overlap, generally in the area of 1000 to 1500 years.  And the various patterns were used for 2-5 thousand years before a change would start.
You'd have to find something organic in the same layer to test to narrow it down.

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