Hi there all.
Ok, thought I should introduce myself prior to posting in the forum.
So, name's Bill Allen & I live in the sth western suburbs of Melbourne in the sunny state of Vicotira.
I'm a mechanic by profession, although I'm now 'off the tools' & working in admin for a major truck component manufacturer. I have also worked within the AQmbulance industry in the past.
I also run a small biz at home servicing/reapiring outboard motors & fishing reels.
Hopefully I might also be able to get into a bit of knife making in the not-too-distant future.
Interest's? Well I'm basically a hunter & fisherman.
Grew up fishing on the waters of Port Phillip Bay for snapper & whiting & have progressed into the game fishing scene now. Also love a spot of fresh water fishing & greatly enjoy a spot of fly fishing for trout in our magnifivent 'High Country' rivers & streams.
Hunting wise I enjoy a fairly wide variety. Everything from chasing our native stubble quail, chukkar partridge, pheasant, rabbit, hare, duck, to even the mighty Sambar Deer that inhabit the high country forrests.
I hunt with, breed, & compete with my gundogs which are Brittanys (or to give them their correct French name - Epagneuls Bretons).
I'm also a member of the Bushcraft OZ society as well as being an active black poweder hunter (use a Peddersoli 54cal Hawken rifle).
I 'spose I've always been into bushcraft, even as a young lad growing up on my Grandparents farm in the west of outr state. Over recxent years I've slowly been expanding my knowledge of bushcraft.
I'm a qualified off road driving instructor, having worked for a goodly part of my life as a Land Rover mechanic, & have also attended a survival course run by our own Les Hiddens.
Some of my fav' 'bushcrafters' include Les Hiddens, Ray Mears, Les Stroud, Mors Kochinsky, Lofty Wiseman, Dave Canterbury, & Cody Lundin. There's others there also but these lists can get a bit long.
Speaking of which I'm getting a bit long winded with this into so I'll wrap up by sayig that I'm looking forward to learning a bit more from you all & I'm sure I'll enjoy my time here.
By all means feel free to thrown me any PMs you may have or ask any questions of me you'd like.
Catch y'all soon.