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Robson Valley
Robson Valley
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Last Activity: Today, 03:35 PM
Joined: 01-30-2011
Location: McBride, BC, 53N, HWY16
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to Just one of those days...
    Technology level? The guts of my Harman PP38+ pellet stove are fairly complicated with 3 electric motors and various temperature sensors.
    Big printed circuit board tucked in there as well. I've run it 5-6 months per year for 10 years.

    Economics? When compared with an oil-fired...
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to Just one of those days...
    Unit trains of wood pellets going east from BC (then across the Atlantic to Scandanavia) are a mile+ long.
    Even with the shipping costs, they must find pellet fuel an economic advantage.

    It's an ideal utilization of trees killed in past forest fires. Salvage wood, no use for anything...
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  • Love it. I knew instantly what the messege is here.
    I've hired a drone & pilot to do some documentary work for me.
    They _always_ look up and my guy always does an Alfred Hitchcock cameo in ever job.
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to Just one of those days...
    My mental gearshift is finally in neutral today. I will marinate in coffee and carve something.

    Yesterday was a toss-up:

    >$2,000 for a new furnace oil tank ( and maybe $1,200.00 to fill it)
    >More than $8,000 for an electric furnace +, more hole$$$ in my house ,...
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to Your Weather Today
    Go get 'em, tbox! If it flies, it dies. I so look forward to bird season even after many, many decades.

    Might have been 6" on the ground up top, snowshoes would have been a bother. Too much climbing.
    The Ptarmigan are so white, all you can see is a pair of little black beady...
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to Your Weather Today
    The End. We got up top for a bit of a shoot roday = Ruffed grouse and ptarmigan in -5C, S wind, sunny.
    Great supper and a fine end to the bird season.
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to What is this?
    I've carved 70 spoons, 30 forks and a few serving platter-dishes in birch.
    IF that's what it is, it does carve really well with very sharp tools and shallow cuts.
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  • Robson Valley
    commented on a Visitor Message From joepaulbutler
    Hi JP
    True, First Nations art and carvings are all around us here, just about every day.
    I like the first one, the bear paw for a bunch of reasons.
    Red, black and white are very traditional colors for the North coast.
    The footprint with the claw marks is a long lasting indication...
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  • joepaulbutler
    joepaulbutler posted a Visitor Message for Robson Valley
    Brian, I don't know if you saw my post about an early Christmas or not, but I'm wanting to carve something for the gentlemen. He can tell some pretty good stories of run into bears will harvesting CW. I'm thinking maybe something of the Alaskan Indian image of a bear. Since you are really familiar...
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to Who's celebrating today
    Claude? Another trip around the sun and he lived to tell about it! Happy Birthday.
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  • Some days can be diamonds and dirt at the same time. Very classy.
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to Your Weather Today
    Wet snow (heavy stuff) most of yesterday and last night, maybe 8" deep.
    Just warmed up enopugh this morning to slowly melt. Good hunting day = all tracks are fresh.

    I've had some very large spring puddles before the drains thaw but nothing like Dileon's mess.
    Why do people...
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to What is this?
    Almost lookes like birch. Stay sharp....
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to What is a fair price?
    I recognize the value in time and effort but I can't figure out the numbers for things like carved dishes.
    In a whimsical mood, I said "$10.00 per inch". We measure it = that's the price. Nothing sold.

    When I did the big volume of spoons and forks, I had handed out prototypes...
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  • There are no prizes for wasting time and effort. Some people power carve everything!
    There's your secret = never give away the farm and explain how you did it.
    Make a clean and finished appearance that everybody admires....
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  • For reasons which I do not yet understand, many if not most First Nations masks in the Pacific Northwest are carved from Alder.
    It holds good detail but goes from cheese to bone as it dries. I have heard and seen explosive 3/4" cracking in my own carving starts.

    Some carvers...
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to Your Weather Today
    Carving day here. -2C BIg S wind and BIG snow. Highways "compact and slippery" for hundreds of miles in every direction.
    Oh well. Hi - Ho, Hi - Ho, it's 4 x 4 we go.
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  • The wood that you select might depend upon the degree of fine detail that you expect to show.
    For the Native, maybe it's hair, feathers and beadwork.

    Hardwoods can be expected to hold a lot more detail than softwoods like the cedars that I like to carve.

    Next, how big...
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to threesome
    I like that. I see a live-edge slab, which wood species is that?
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  • Elke: it's common practice to seal the cut ends of wood to slow down the speed of water loss as the wood dries.
    Old paint, wood glue, even fancy products made for the job.
    Outdoors, under cover and not cooked in a shed, wood should dry down to 12 - 14% moisture content ( the Equilimrium...
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