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Gone camping

Oh hai. I got a few of my necklaces up on chains. The prairie scene didn’t work out so well because I punched the holes too low and the thing just flips upside down if it moves away from your chest at all.

The Otter though, it worked out well.

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And then the one I worked on yesterday…oh man. This was my first attempt at sweat soldering with my new torch and it was. Not. Good. None of the solder would flow and I fired flame at that thing for about a half hour. Finally I got Sean to take a look and give me some of his soldering insight and it turns out I had dirtied the pieces up too much for the solder to stick.

We cleaned them a bit and the pieces joined and voila! A camping badge! Sawn from brass and hung on brass chain.

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Ready for the (hopefully) fun part? The tent is surely stuck on the backplate, but there are two spots at the base of the triangle where the solder didn’t flow completely. So while you may not be able to tell that the pieces aren’t fused as fully at the bottom as they are at the top, I can. And I feel weird selling it when it’s not 100% what I wanted it to be (note that this does not mean it’s defective and ready to fall apart – it’s solid). So I’m giving it away!

Leave a note in the comments and tell me what/where/why your fave provincial or national park is. That should be a nice thing to think about if it’s sleeting where you are the way it is where I am. You have until Saturday night. On Sunday morning, I’ll draw names from those who’ve spoken up and the winner gets the necklace. Deal?

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I look like a loser. Someone please post a recipe.

In the meantime, I am preparing leatherworks for a show at Bike Hounds this Friday night. Please come visit. I’ve got a few new feather cuffs, a couple seatbags and a pair of Pigott Building wallets on the go.

I am also plotting and designing a pretty intense belt that looks amazing in my head. If it translates to the real world, I hope to post it here by Christmas.

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Spirit of the Season!

I’m feeling giving, but I’m also feeling hungry, so here’s the deal…

I am trying to buy groceries in a fiscally responsible way by “planning ahead.” That is, picking recipes and only shopping for the ingredients within, thereby eliminating the issue of not getting around to using things before they go bad/being in a perpetual state of missing two or three ingredients for dinner and running out to the (expensive) corner store because it’s closer than No Frills.

So. I am going to give away one of my hand-tooled swallow necklaces (no pictures at present – see post below – but I hope to borrow a camera and have some up tomorrow) to the person who gives me the best recipe.

If you’re interested in taking part in this gastronomic battle royale, please leave your A-1/favourite/most impressive/surefire hit/go-to-potluck-contribution recipe in the comments.

As long as I’m not underestimating my readership (which I peg at somewhere between four and six) I will choose by making and taste-testing all of the entrants. If I have more than a week’s worth of meals, I’ll pick the top five best-sounding recipes and have a week-long dinner-off with them. The reader with the most delicious dish wins!

No rules, but you should know that I love cheap ingredients (I’m practicing fiscal responsibility here remember. I don’t want to buy a half a pound of truffle-infused cheese, or a ton of pine nuts, or my weight in saffron) and I hate recipes that contain ingredients that you have to refer to an additional recipe in order to make, IE: a recipe for a stew that calls for dumplings, then directs me, via footnote, to a second recipe for dumplings.

Contest closes this Friday (Dec 11) at 4pm EST. Game on!

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