Monday, April 7, 2014

Got the canoe out, got some greenwood fire practice, got a good day in

I was in one of those moods where I needed a spot no one else would be at, taking the canoe to the back of a remote lake is a good bet on that being the case. It was windy and 40's but I was out. Spring colors haven't quite come in. I think we're close though.

after put in and making some head way


I brought the fishing gear, I tried probably 30 throws with the castnet at various places, not a single fish of any kind. If I can't catch baitfish that's usually a bad sign for finding active fish. I did try a few spots but no luck. Still relaxing though

I paddled to the back of the lake, it's on overgrown mess of trees
 


I went to find some greenwood for some fire practice, into the trees


found a suitable tree, Elm, I would later regret this decision




I'm really liking the old Plumb Cedar axe. I limbed the tree and brought back with me. I sawed up a few logs with it and proceeded to break it down. The bigger log in this picture turned out to be the biggest PITA to split down.

after this swing I was surprised it didn't split and knew then this was going to be interesting
 
I tried laying it sideways and splitting it from that angle, axe was penetrating all the way through fine. Fibers just would not let go. I've never seen any hold together as tight as this one. So I made a quick wedge to drive through



seriously? This was turning into one of those battle of wills, or whits I should say. Course I can't lose to a log...

finally apart. I kept a good sense of humor through this. Never thought a log of this size could put up this much of a fight.

proceed to split down with the knife


at this point I knew this greenwood fire with this piece would not happen. Every part of the wood was wet to the touch. Even the inner most parts. Not damp but wet. So I decided to use one of the smaller pieces towards the top of the tree and see if that was dry


much better but not completely dry. But worth a shot


Now I'm not the best at making curls but I'm not the worse. The twisting grain of this tree made it not curl worth a darn. I made up a pile of shavings and set them in the sun to dry


broke down smaller pieces and set them out to dry as well



some summit goodness, really like this pack. No fancy kuksa cup here. Need something with a lid when wanting to enjoy a hot cup while canoeing


After about 20 minutes I got impatient and decided to get this going


curls went up pretty easy


I put the smaller pieces on top as they were starting to catch and then I put the bigger pieces over. But then the little pieces didn't sustain and it all died out pretty quick. Still a little too damp, more drying time would have helped a lot, as would more curls and more smaller pieces. Lessons learned...



After that it was time to go. Loaded up and headed out. Here's some parting shots on the way back








Thanks for looking...

Friday, April 4, 2014

Glock 19 Gen 4 and BladeTech Phantom IWB Holster

Picked up my first Glock the other day.  Nothing you haven't seen before but new boomsticks are always fun so wanted to share.  This will be my conceal carry weapon.


As you know the Glock Gen 4's have backstrap attachments for the handle that can change the thickness based on your preference.  After playing with them I found the medium to be a good fit.  I was a little aprehensive about how well the attachment would be on these grips but once installed there is no play or wiggle.  It feels like part of the gun, so good job on that option by Glock.   



I tried out a few IWB holsters and the one I liked the most was a BladeTech Phantom, despite the lower cost it has.  It's not kydex but the plastic is firm enough nothing will tamper with the trigger but it's a little softer than kydex so it was more comfortable up against the body as it does have a little give to it.  Time will tell of course after a lot of use how good it really is or isn't.



I am planning to also get an OWB holster. That one will be kydex and I am still trying to figure out the one I want to go with and also if I will get a tactical light as well. Decisions decisions...

Only upgrade I have planned at this time is to take off the factory sights and put something better on.   I haven't shot this gun yet so no real feedback at this time as to its performance.  But as for the feel and size I can see why this size is so popular.  It definitely seems like the best of all worlds in a handgun.     

I'll post updates a long the way as I use it more.  If any of you have good sight recommendations I would love to hear them and your experiences.

Thanks for looking


 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Jack's first hike and using the Plumb axe a little

Well I took the kiddos out for a hike and got to try out the axe I put together recently. Big sister(Bel) was really excited to take Jack out on his first hike. I didn't think she knew so much until she started showing and explaining things to Jack, LOL! I wonder where she got all that information...

Here we go, I picked an area with a nice defined trail so Jack wouldn't have to be tripping the whole time

 


 
We found an area with a lot of Pine trees and eventually found one with a lot of dead branches that I thought would have some fatwood.  Axe time!
 





No luck with those branches.  Kind of suprising.  Kids in the meantime were busy.  Jack is wondering what all the strange noises are:


Bel is working on her chopping technique


I eventually harvested a branch with some fatwood.  Success!


Moving on down the trail



Had a "Dad" fail when I realized Jack needs his own hat.  Not too sure how I feel about him wearing a pink one




We found another spot in the shade of the Pine trees and had a snack and a drink.  This is usually the kiddos favorite part. 


Here's two more gear shots.  Packs and a little knife practice.  There was a burn ban so no fire today unfortunately.



The view was nice.  After that we headed back out.  It was a great day out.  Jack took the woods pretty good.  He seemed to enjoy himself and Bel and I had fun too.  I can't wait to get em out again.



Thanks for looing