Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Knife Today

Decided to make a new carbon steel knife, has a six inch blade which is about my size for a knife and a deer horn antler handle of course. The blade came from Mexico and it is an old one. The older 30 year old blades have good steel.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Getting Ready For Next Event

This is the latest stone making I have been doing in the last couple weeks. I will be adding these to others I have made for a festival coming up next week..

Adding More

Adding more stone knives to my inventory.. These two are made from large antler horn tines.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Two More

These two are smaller ones each similar in size but different in shape of the stone.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Largest Stone Knife

Well, this is the biggest and heaviest stone knife I have made, measuring thirteen inches long. It is also mounted on the biggest piece of elk horn antler I have found. Now this is a knife which would be a good ceremonial piece.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Ladies

Time for my ladies to come in for the night, they like "perching" high up in the hen house. Here are four of them on the high bar..

More of my Work

Been making some larger stone knives lately, I decided to change some of my approach in design and look to produce something different than what I have been doing in the past, so these came into being. I used flint with elk horn bone. I have a festival coming up weekend after next, time to be creative..

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dumpster Diving

Yep, I do it when it looks like I may get some good stuff, even at my crazy age. Today I got some great stuff including a TV, old reel to reel, shop vac, a word processor, and other stuff. Some other stuff were a phone, hunting vest, army duffel bag, shower massage heads and some cords. Got to love it when you get lucky from a dumpster.

This old reel to reel is missing the AC cord, but I think I can find it at a thrift. It is very clean and has the original cover. 

You don't see word processors anymore, and this one has never been used. Comes with everything you need plus original cover.

This TV has great color and you can see that it is an old Sony. I have it in my studio and it is great for about 20 channels off just rabbit ears.

Cold Morning

Got up this morning and temp was 45, I think autumn is definately here now. The chickens were huddled in the hen house, will look for some eggs later after they go out. My two ducks spent the night in the yard near their pool. Another day starts in the country of central TX.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Chicken House and Pen

I just got the chicken house built and the fence for the pen so that they can run around outside. I also have two ducks in addition to several chickens. Lets hope I see some eggs soon and I can keep the coyotes and foxes away. The hens seem to be getting the idea on how to get in and out of the chicken house.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

New Stone Knives

Despite a left thumb injury in the joint, I tried doing some stone knapping again to make some stone knives and made these two. I haven't made anything in a couple months in which time I was moving and getting settled on my new property. Both of these measure 12 inches in length and are sharp and notched like it was done in the 19th century. Now if only this thumb injury would heal, I don't want to see a doctor for a cortisone shot.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Flint and Antler

Traded some blade cleaning and sharpening for some flint and antler, I suppose I could make some arrowhead knives with the small antler..

The Total Eclipse of the Moon

I got up early this morning to take some photos of the total eclipse of the moon, fortunately I had mainly clear skies but wish I had had a better camera. The photos are at different stages of the moon..

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Texas is the "Fastest" State

Yep, here is another top ranking for the State I live in, With a speed limit of 85 mph on specified segments of rural interstates, Texas is the fastest state in the country. The state's average speed limit for all three types of roadways (rural and urban interstates and limited-access roads) is 78.3. That's nearly 2 mph greater than the next-fastest state, Idaho. No wonder there are so many accidents in this State and of course insurance rates are up there. Below is the link:


Time to do some shooting

It has been a while since I shot my 9mm Ruger which is one of my guns I keep mainly in my cabin for any uninvited idiots but I have also been known to go to the range and do some target shooting.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Flu Shot

I went for a drive in my truck to the town of Marble Falls to visit a pharmacy for this seasons flu shot. Now Walgreens charges $31.00 for this public health service if you do not have insurance, so while getting the shot, I talked with the person giving me the shot about this, that something like this so important to public health should be free to the community and not for profit, I of course got the answer that "that is the way our health care system is". I of course had the insurance to cover it, but I thought a relevant question for these huge pharmacy companies to "think" about in their community..

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Wondering in the Woods

I decided to wonder around in the wooded area of my property for awhile looking at plant life and the trees and being able to lose myself in the woods was a nice thing.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Austin, #1 in Overvalued Home Prices

Just learned that the city of Austin where I use to live and left in part because of it's housing prices in ranked in the country as #1 in overvalued home prices, go figure.


"The most overvalued market in the U.S. was Austin, Texas (overvalued by 19%). In fact, the median price for single-family homes in Austin jumped 11% year-over-year in August to $247,500 and the average price rose 9% to $311,414, according to data released last week by the Austin Board of Realtors. Austin is actually more overvalued in 2014 than it was in 2006 (when it was only 2% overvalued)"

New Roof for the Shed

Finally bought the roofing metal ($70) for my storage shed and put it on over top the wooden beams and plastic tarp I already had on it from the property, now there will be no leaks. Decided to put bricks on top in addition to nailing down the metal on the ends with the winter storms that come through here.