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Sunday, 3 March 2019

Clever coastal crows

I was watching the hooded crows on the beach crack open cockle shells to get at the meat inside, they know exactly where to get into the shells.. absolutely fascinating.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

New Morakniv Knife design, your help needed.

A friend of Buzzards called Ruud, is working with Mora to develop a new knife and he needs your input to help him design it. He has constructed a poll to get an idea of what you guys would potentially like to see in this new model, please click the link below and it will take you to the Morakniv poll page, your input is much appreciated.

Please click the link HERE

Saturday, 19 January 2019

There is no spoon.

I Love that clip in the Matrix when Neo is told that there is no spoon and that reality is an illusion. In my case there is a spoon..too many of them! I got a new hook knife for Christmas and decided to try it out, 20 spoons later. Yeah I like it!! I tried 4 different woods when making these and definitely got on better with birch..I'm sure I'll make a few more if I get the chance.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

A Merry Christmas 2018

A very merry Christmas to all our Buzzard friends out there.. health, wealth and happiness to you all.

( A Christmas robin with Benwhiskin in the background.)

Beefsteak fungus - Fistulina hepatica

A really nice find at this time of year, the beefsteak fungus also call the ox tongue or bulls tongue fungus is one of those fungi that look so palatable but usually fall short.

It really does look like meat when it's cut and even exudes a reddy juice that looks like blood.

Young ones are ok but older ones taste bitter and need stewing for a long time and even masked in a rich sauce or casserole..
That being said it's always a nice one to come across especially as it stains the wood of the tree it grows on making it vety desirable for woodworkers..

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Homemade Copper spoons for Pike

I had a spare piece of copper pipe so I thought I'd put it yo good use and make a few pike lures from it.

Cut the pipe to the required size, for me this is usually between 3 and 4 inches.

Cut it along it's length

Open it out with pliers and hammer it flat

Draw the shape of the spoon on the copper sheet then cut it out and file the edges to get a smooth finish.

Using a ball peen hammer gently tap a concave surface into the spoon, I like the hammered finish it leaves as this adds more flash in the water.
Drill the holes, fit split rings and hooks and you're good to go, a great pike lure for just a few pennies.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Strawberry tree

Sometimes called the Irish strawberry tree because Sligo is the northern most part of its range... well supposedly because I found this one growing wild a little further north !

A beautiful little tree growing no more than about 30ft tall and producing really unusual lantern like flowers

Nearly always white but I have heard of occasional pink varieties being found.

It produces lovely red fruits that taste quite sweet once ripe and apparently can be made into jam or a very nice liqueur.
There doesn t ever seen to be many fruits on the tree but may be that was just this particular one.

The plant is also a great medicinal, a decoction of which is used for lowering blood pressure and in treating diabetes, it is also highly anti inflammatory.
The wood is very hard but twisty so is useful for small objects like fish harpoons and wooden needles.

Got to admit I was really happy to find this rarity, but I'll keep its location a secret for now.