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Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Jack Black, Jun 26, 2016.
Thank you Is that horse-hoof fungus with your fine Waynorth Lambsfoot? I've been trying to find a photo I know I have with a similar conk, but I'm not sure which Lambsfoot I photographed it with!
Thought I'd celebrate @Sharp & Fiery 's Guardianship
That is sad news indeed
Just a reminder to our more recent members that there's a Guardian's map If you'd like to be added, please contact Barrett @btb01
Edit - Just having a look at the map, there sure are a lot of folks missing!
A lot of work, over several years, down the pan unfortunately
What do the Guardians think? Is this Ironwood? It's a 2019 Guardians Knife but the grain, figuring, etc. is rather lack luster. I'm wondering if A. Wright didn't slip in some wood other than Ironwood to finish the run for Jack @Jack Black - something Jack wouldn't notice in a large group of knives. The construction of the knife is very good overall but the wood on it doesn't seem to stand out compared to other 2019 Guardians knives I've seen. Whatever the case, it was/is a great effort by Jack. It kinda reminds me of Cocobolo but then again I'm probably all wet.
Compulsory military service was 18 months in the Army and 2 years in the Navy for those 18 year old men drafted through a lottery system every year.
The army had an early "honorable discharge" at about the one year mark or less for a portion of the year's conscripts.
Only God knows how hard I prayed to be released on this early discharge.
I got drafted right out of high school into an army where corruption and decay had taken it's toll and in the middle of one of the worst financial crisis in Argentina ( a few years later in 1995, things reached a tipping point and compulsory service was abolished after the murder of a conscript and subsequent cover up by a sergeant trying to "toughen him up" with a beating).
On top of that, fear in the military about yet another attack from leftist guerrillas was ever present. A major attack having happened a few weeks prior to my enrollment.
Not everything was bad as I do have memories of good things that happened there, good officers too trying to do their best and that you could trust.
I served with integrity and gave the Army my best.
My parents were already in Canada with my youngest sister escaping the financial disaster. I could not joined them as I was of military age.
My stress was increased as I had objections to carrying weapons.
I requested to serve as a medic which was denied as our company had no medics .
The only other choice I was given was to be a radio operator (however I had to take all the weapons training and carry)
Interestingly enough, the lieutenant in charge of our company selected me to be his radio operator, the other operators went to work with lower ranking officers.
To be considered for early release you had to have perfect conduct and high marks in all the tests and competencies, ... at least that is what they told you.
Alternatively, you could have parents with the connections and means willing to bribe an officer.
Out of 300 plus soldiers I was ranked in the top 30 or so and had zero issues with conduct. The hard part was the points deducted when they did an inventory of your equipment. Steeling was rampant among the soldiers and I could not bring myself to steal back. I had to buy/replace my stolen equipment on the army surplus store when on leave. Luckily I always had all my stuff accounted for every time they did a random inventory.
As the date for the early release approached I was on edge and missed my parents terribly.
A soldier I helped with clerical work told me he was confident he was getting out ,... said something about his father giving a sergeant some turkeys and stuff from the farm.
One day I get called into the lieutenant's office. Inside there is the aforementioned soldier and sergeant . Lieutenant tells us he has a spot for a discharge and needs to decide between us two.
He offered to toss a coin.
I protested and stated I had all the requirements and mentioned how I and my other two sisters needed to join our parents in Canada . ( the other soldier had nothing, he had even backed out of parachute training and worked as a clerk the whole time ).
I could the feel fire in the sergeant gaze staring at me.
The lieutenant was silent for a couple seconds then dismissed us. ( forgive me if I translate military rankings wrong)
I then got sent on an errand and my heart was racing as I knew that they were working on the discharge list.
When I returned the list was posted and my name was on it ... YEAH !!!
( the other soldier, I found out later, was given a "special leave" to go and spend the rest of his "service" at home, then come back for his discharge papers ).
A month later I was in Canada
And few years later, in a short but very meaningful ceremony, I took and oath and became a subject of the Queen of Canada.
Last time I talked to Barry he was alive and well, Jack!! We are in the same "Longitude of Smoke", from our West Coast fires. So far Barry, Dylan and others have escaped the direct assault of flames, and only share the bad, smoky air!! Rain has finally applied some cleansing to the situation!!
I have 2 brothers, one 2000 kms south (LA), and one 4400 kms east (Buffalo), of Vancouver, and we've all been heavily "smoked!!"
I’m not too sure what the scientific name for those two fungi are...but it’s on the list to research this weekend.
Thanks for the warm welcome!
We are in the same boat, Brother!! I have actually tried to get parts made at various locations, to worry about assembly later, but no acceptable offers have materialized!!
Thank you for sharing that very moving account Dan It's funny that even in the toughest times, we can always make good memories
I'm glad to hear that Charlie! Sorry to hear about the smoke buddy, I hadn't realised it had spread so far north. I hope things continue to improve One thing, I guess at least everyone had masks
I am really sorry to hear that Charlie, what times we live in
Dry off, Ed!! Ironwood can vary from plainer than you show, to very wild burls, with very dark feature! I like the no-nonsense straight grain you show!!
All is not lost!! (so I believe!!) I will keep on, keeping on!!
A couple of dark alleys yet to explore!!
My apologies because I could have sworn I posted these responses early!
Thanks Jack! It’s sad to hear the details of the conditions in Sheffield! I’m sure liking Big Eb my friend!
Congrats on that beautiful Waynorth Cutlery lambsfoot!
Good to see you here Darren!
One of them looks like false tinder fungus from which you can make amadou tinder
Good to have you here
Good luck my friend, I will keep my fingers crossed for you
Sadly, they are really down to the fag end there I'm afraid That's good to hear pal
Prey tell, what does a Napolean consist of?
Great back ground photo of the factory scene, and good to see " Butterscotch " getting a run.
Welcome, you have raised the bar pretty high to start with though with one of Charlie's, you won't be able to keep that pace up.
I'll get myself off the MIA list.
You are quiet correct there, when i got mine it was dark to start with and you could not really see the grain stand out, not like some i see posted. But now after being carried and used it has really darkened, looks like just a plain slab of really dark wood now,hope you are keeping well my friend and good to see you.