Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Few of My Winter Projects

Well sorry I haven't posted a lot lately, but It's not like I've been doing nothing. Here are a few of the projects I have done this winter.

This set is a fire steel and ceramic sharpener. Both are IA deer antler with palm wood caps. They came out OK. I'm going to try to get the antler to match a little better on the next set I make.

This one is a project I have been wanting to do for a while. A leather sheath for one of my Moras. I put a fire steel loop on it also. I made this one so the knife rides low on my hip. I hate wearing a pack and have a knife digging into my leg.

And finally, this is an old double bit I restored. I love this axe. If only it was not so big. Oh well, I probably wont be carrying this one on the trail, but it makes a great camp axe.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Emergency Poncho/ Space blanket Shelter

In your Kits I hope you have some sort of shelter plan. This is an example of a super easy and fast shelter that will get you through the night. Will it be fun, no. Will you live, yes. This poncho lean-to with a space blanket is a quick set up for cold weather with no precipitation, basically a reflector. We had to let the fire burn down a little cause my son got to hot. It was 10 above at the time. If you have never built a shelter in the winter you should try it. It is a lot different that in warm weather. Your shelter material is not near as pliable, you have gloves on, the ground is frozen, and it's cold!!!. If you think you might have to spend the night out in below freezing weather, at least have a plan on shelter, fire, etc... By the way the reason we were out in this weather was to teach about 200 Scouts about emergency shelters. Be Prepared!!