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    I'm on with swapping some whetstone for some Flint off Everything Mac. The last time I was up link with notes I only brought a couple of pocket pieces back so yesterday saw me setting off and this time deciding on a different route.



    Parked below Horton in Ribblesdale station and took the footpath through it Photo 1


    followed the footpath through Sulber Nick to the crossroads at Photo 2


    taking the Clapham footpath as far as Sulber Gate Photo 3 over looking Thieves Moss with Pendle Hill in the far distance


    at the cairn at Beggars Stile Photo 4 I left the footpath to follow Moughton Scar edge, the line of cliffs just above the cairn

    1/2 way along and looking back at Inglebourgh Photo 5

    Moughton Whetstone ruins come into view at 6

    but you still have to walk round the cliff edge to get to the footpath, on right Photo 7, going down into the Hole

    I'm glad the spring was still flowing as it was so hot I was ready for a brew and boil a couple of kettles and let them cool in the stream to refill my water bottles.

    brew up and a French Merlot

    Lamb and mint burgher with home made bread and vine tomatoes (not shown) and a French Merlot for dinner

    Whetstone prospecting





    with Penyghent coming into view by Photo 8

    and on the last lap downhill from Photo 9
    There were hundreds of small blue butterflies mating the whole way round I'll post some photo's in the Flora and Fauna section
    just thought I'd share cheers all Danny
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    That's a good walk QDanT

    Those pieces of raw stone are beautiful Probably a lot of the re-enactors (at least) would happily barter for some

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    Nice one Danny - I'm up there next week and had planned on visiting that site - how far was that walk?

    What are the whetstone like - I use fine stones on scythe etc and would love to have one plucked from the hill - usable? any idea what grit rating ?

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    Another quality posting from Dan.

    Interesting cooker. Did you use one of those gadgets from the 1970's that we used to open coke cans to make it? I had a similar idea myself but never got around to making one. What fuel does it use?

    Lovely photos. Resolution is superb. I would love to know what camera you use.

    Thanks for posting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bivouac View Post
    Another quality posting from Dan.

    Interesting cooker. Did you use one of those gadgets from the 1970's that we used to open coke cans to make it? I had a similar idea myself but never got around to making one. What fuel does it use?

    Lovely photos. Resolution is superb. I would love to know what camera you use.

    Thanks for posting.
    I think all the local supermarkts Morrisons etc have them in

    handy for making different sized holes depending on how much you push it through. Here it's punched a Heinz sponge pudding tin to form a wind shield pot stand for a Tatonka stainless meths burner but it's good for penny alcohol stoves, solid fuel and even twigs or fir cones without a stove.My camera is

    have you seen the pictures in posts 45-47 and 51 in
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    in post 51 I explain my cak handed way of doing them
    cheers Danny
    p.s. the camera time should be +1 hr but it'll be right when they put the clocks back to the proper time
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    Quote Originally Posted by chelks View Post
    Nice one Danny - I'm up there next week and had planned on visiting that site - how far was that walk?

    What are the whetstone like - I use fine stones on scythe etc and would love to have one plucked from the hill - usable? any idea what grit rating ?
    Sorry chelks I can't help you with distance may be someone with one of those "Voodoo" GPS jobbys or indeed the wheel on a stick, dial, map measurers. I have neither, could answer.
    I don't know what size or shape the Victorians cut them to, for use with the Shefield "cut throat" razor industry as sharpening hones but as a guess I'd say they were fine. Perhaps there's someone on BCUK who is more knowledgeable about Whetstone hones ? Anyone ? my apologies for being so vague
    cheers Danny
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    I was thinking of heading up there next week -- you beat me to it again.
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    Hi Mary,

    these x3 are yours along with a big offcut and a raw piece I've packed and will post off this afternoon
    cheers Danny
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    Excellent stuff, I really enjoy reading these threads. The end product looks superb.
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    Fascinating thread. And as for those stones they're gorgeous!! Thanks for posting this. Really enjoyed the trip ... vicariously Glad I didn't have to haul a pack with 8½kgs of ballast.

    If you're selling any of those Whetstones, I'd really be interested in a couple of smallish ones 4inch and under. No pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biker View Post
    If you're selling any of those Whetstones, I'd really be interested in a couple of smallish ones 4inch and under. No pressure.
    Me too actually
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    Oh I like those Danny..... Are you up for a trade??
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    Cracking post as usual Danny, lovely looking finished product mate.

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    Wow! - Damascus stones to match your knife!

    So, when are you opening your 'shop'?
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    Wonderful stuff! I'd love to harvest such things.

    I like the end products very much too.

    Ditto the others if you decide to make some pocket money from these.

    I do hope you kept Teddy well hydrated - must have been sweltering in all that knitware!
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    Me three please or is that four. They look gorgeous. If they sharpen as good as they look they'll be brill. Any spares for sale, please PM me
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    hey have you tried these whetstones out yet?


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    those stones are beautiful and an ace walk to boot note to self get back to dales soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by QDanT View Post
    I think all the local supermarkts Morrisons etc have them in

    handy for making different sized holes depending on how much you push it through. Here it's punched a Heinz sponge pudding tin to form a wind shield pot stand for a Tatonka stainless meths burner but it's good for penny alcohol stoves, solid fuel and even twigs or fir cones without a stove.My camera is

    have you seen the pictures in posts 45-47 and 51 in
    http://www.bushcraftuk.com
    /forum/showthread.php?t=45932&page=2

    in post 51 I explain my cak handed way of doing them
    cheers Danny
    p.s. the camera time should be +1 hr but it'll be right when they put the clocks back to the proper time
    Thanks Danny. It's funny...the Heinz sponge pudding tin windshield idea was exactly the same idea i had for my SVEA military alcohol burner though, like i say, i never got around to making one. I've got an original retro can punch from the 70's - I didn't think they would still be producing such things with ring-pulls around!

    Lovely photos. Stunning pics of those flys. I used to be into photography in the bygone days of film and darkrooms. I studied it at college where they used to talk in hushed tones of the 'future' when photographs would be produced electronically on a computer and you could print a picture at the touch of a button! The quality these days is amazing, but i have yet to invest in a digital camera. I love your pics and it makes me want to go out and buy one! Also, i'm very impressed that you always score such lovely weather - or perhaps maybe you dont take photo's on dull days!
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    Hi bivouac, I'm sat typing this in my old dark room there's still my Meopta Magnifax 4 enlarger within arms reach and my Olympus OM1 but it got harder and harder to find local shops that had any in date paper and chemicals, then even a 75 mile round trips to say Jessops at Leeds saw them out of stock of what I wanted. So no more test strips an alchemy, no more hydrogen sulfide sepia "what's that awful smell" comments it's all too easy click of a button yet the funny think is I knew what I was doing then and get lost in computer tech. now.
    It's taken me 2 years to work out how to turn on the macro setting on my camera and I still haven't worked out how to lock a manual setting if I want to shoot say 1 or 1-1/2 stops off, the camera compensates by altering the shutter speed. When the price of negative scanners comes down a bit more I'll have hours worth of negs to transfer. I can remember at collage in the 60's (radio + tv) being shown an OC71 transistor and being told there's no application for these yet but there going to be the next thing after (at the time all) Valves. I built a Mullard design x2 EL84 push pull - ECC83 phase splitter valve amp a few years ago with Celestion 5 speakers and a MHZS valve CD player and the oldest granddaughter actually asked if this was the next thing after Ipod as it sounded so good to her, and she was at Southampton University at the time ! these youngsters. Anyway thread well off track now. As for sunny weather take a Teddy and a bottle of wine.
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    I got a present this morning
    Dan the little whetstones are beautiful and they work too ........played with my Opinel with them and it's razor sharp

    Barter has been gathered, but I'd like a day or so to see if I can find better examples for you

    Thank you kindly, it's very much appreciated

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    Danny, they r amazing whetstones mate ...

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    Hi Mary I'm pleased that you like the Whetstones and that you've tried them

    "Dan the little whetstones are beautiful and they work too ........played with my Opinel with them and it's razor sharp"

    As I've been waiting for a confirmation that they actually work and are not just ornamental, even though they are rather eye catching. There seems to be an interest in them, so I'll post some in the "Swap Shop" market place.
    Thanks for your reply and no rush what so ever to finish the trade, just when your ready. Best wishes Danny
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    going to have a wander that way today hopefully.

    I might have to see what they are like if put in the polisher. How easy were they to drill - normal drills or diamond?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EdS View Post
    going to have a wander that way today hopefully.

    I might have to see what they are like if put in the polisher. How easy were they to drill - normal drills or diamond?
    Normal they also cut for fun with a hacksaw I only used a diamond tile cutter as it was easier to make straight edges with.
    Looks like your going to have a windy day it's blowing a gale here.

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    I've just spend five minutes rubbing one of the unfinished pieces on the back step (concrete) and guess what ? It works beautifully and has made a really good job of scouring it smooth
    I let the dust build up, it's been raining here, so effectively the more I rubbed the more the stone polished up

    Lovely stuff Thanks again Dan.

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    Looks like a great days rockhounding. Thanks for sharing.

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    Don't know if you have read this article in the journal of the Yorkshire Geological Society, Dan ?

    http://pygs.lyellcollection.org/cont...2/167.abstract

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    rain and gale yesterday but it was nice to have to moor to myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toddy View Post
    Don't know if you have read this article in the journal of the Yorkshire Geological Society, Dan ?

    http://pygs.lyellcollection.org/cont...2/167.abstract

    cheers,
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    Hi no I haven't but it's wanting $30 to allow me to view for one day
    even the FREE! extract wants $30 Are you a member ? or is it just me not cliking the right button ?
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