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comanche last won the day on November 30 2010

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About comanche

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    At present all my spare time is taken-up making a full sized mole suit using real moleskins. When finished I shall wear it to mole fetish clubs and on my nights off simply wear it while chilling out to my collection of old Velvet Underground albums.
  1. First Attempt At Brain Tanning

    Make's you wonder how the native Americans discovered it in the first place ? Only a guess but maybe someone was carrying the brains back to camp for food wrapped in a pelt or was maybe drying some on a piece of skin and noticed how it affected the texture of the material. I presume it wasn't just American natives that used brain tanning;its just that their culture is probably better documented than ,say,Celts or Ancient Britons . They also used bark from oak and shumach(we call em stag's horn trees over here) trees.
  2. First Attempt At Brain Tanning

    Its not of any quality but I wanted to keep it for other reasons.Though I decided I wanted to keep it after I skinned it or I would've done a neater job with the disrobing
  3. First Attempt At Brain Tanning

    Make's you wonder how the native Americans discovered it in the first place ? I wonder that about many things . Who thought of milking a cow and drinking it? A calf ?
  4. First Attempt At Brain Tanning

    I didn't want to use salt ,borax or alum as I wanted to be a bit primitive . There are loads of Youtube and internet instructions but they seemed to differ a lot and some claiming to be "authentic native methods " seemed to end up including power-tools and acids. In the end I followed a description by Reginald Laubin who in his day was a preserver and first hand observer of many Native American skills and customs. I didn't salt or dry the skin,just spent blxxdy ages scraping it; then smothered it with warm,mushy brains,rolled it up for a for a few days,then gave it a good stretching. This was repeated a couple of more times.I've just enough of the grey matter(actually pinky-grey matter) left for a bit of spot treatment if needed. Then when it was almost dry I gave it a really mercyless stretching over a pole and with my hands,followed by a scrub with a broken lump of a sand-stone paving slab . Apparently I'm then supposed to hang it over a smokey fire until it's ingrained with smokey-fire type things that will help a little to prevent it from absorbing moisture from the air . Haven't got that far yet. I think the choice of tanning chemicals and solutions is the easy bit;its the scraping and scrubbing and tugging that's the hard work! In the unlikely event of me being tempted to do another one I might go for the salting to dry the skin followed by alum and salt tanning. From what I've read the results look a bit less hit and miss. Of course it might go bald in a couple of months but if it does I'll soak it and give it another braining and tell everyone I meant to make hair-off buck-skin all along:) If it all goes wrong ,well at least I'll have rolled my sleeves up and had a go.
  5. A couple of spots might need re-braining but if I knew it was going to come out like this I would've skinned it a bit more neatly.
  6. Barbour Stinks Any Tips ?

    Ah, the neglected waxed-jacket hint of stale vomit thing. Sometimes just keeping them somewhere warm for a while improves things. Try upholstery or carpet cleaner on the lining.Bin bag and a half a tub of Shake and Vac overnight. Repeat with the other half of the tub.
  7. Trigger Pull Guage

    Most people use a set of fishing scales
  8. Tatty Old Airgun Section

    I was about to post some pictures of an old air rifle I was given yesterday and noticed there is a dedicated Tatty Old Air Rifle section! I think it's a generic rifle made by the Midland Gun Co but it's badged as a T Wild. I was going to just repair the splits in the stock but it came apart far easier than any rifle I've stripped before so kept digging deeper. I may be wrong but I guess it has to be 70 or years old. I was impressed by the built-in spring-guides. The one inside the piston also doubles as the trigger tang.A very neat piece of simple but effective engineering Despite the spring turning-out to have a definate kink and the outer washer being torn it fired well enough to put a dent in a bit of wood. The leather for a new washer is soaking as I type and I have a straighter spring salvaged from a scrapped Chinese rifle that looks like a reasonable match for the original. Interesting that the so-called "Powerful" Chinese underlever used a spring of similar dimensions to a workaday veteran of the 1930s! Just to add to the tattyness of the Tatty old Air Rifle section From top; Very tatty 45 year old Relum Telly with non-standard stock and numerous butchery marks(it was my first air rifle.) Less tatty Relum Tornado. Relum Telly as it should look One of the first BSA Supersports;not tatty at all but probably nearly old enough to be classed as a vintage air-rifle and it was made by BSA when they were still British.
  9. Pigs 2017

    I know a farmer,otherwise hard-headed ,who kept a huge sow that he said had just become"part of the place". All his othe r pigs met the usual end but this one lived the life of Riley long after it was any use for breeding. I think I'm not alone in thinking that piglets are really cute and endearing but there comes a time when they start getting cheeky . Then they get mischievous and a bit troublesome . Then they get big and clever and a bit risky for kids to be around. Then comes the point when they fight you for the food bucket and start really trashing things and they ain't so endearing anymore. Which makes it easier to say goodbye The middle-whites and this year's OS&Bs are quite good but the Berkshires took naughtyness to another level.
  10. Pigs 2017

    These two started as nervous squealing idiots and I just could'nt warm to them but they've turned into the most amenable pigs we've had to date. It won't save them in six weeks time though .
  11. More Hornets ...

    i know insects have to be controlled , and as you say its your job, but just as thought , i they not doing any damage to building and not attacking people why kill them .? when i had wasp nest in my garden shed , they needed sorting out as the prats were having go at me when i went in my shed , which is fair enough . if a pest is carrying disease and danger to people like rats etc fair enough .! but got the feeling the Hornet is not .? Wasps and hornets are greatly underestimated as carriers of bacteria that contaminates human food. Everyone knows that flies spread bacteria because of their lifestyle. Wasps and hornets (that are of course a big species of wasp) catch a lot of flies and thus pick-up bacteria and may then decide to settle on a kitchen work-top,a soft-drink bottle and shop produce as well as making merry in food factories. Half the wasps in one survey were found to carry E coli and a lot tested positive for salmonella. They also damage soft fruit and rob bee hives of both honey and the inhabitants.Hornets are particuarly unpopular with bee-keepers as they are rather good at this sort of piracy and have been known to wipe-out a hive.. As wasps and hornets also take catterpillars and moths that contain histamene they can also trigger allergies amongst susceptable humans by their proximity. Add to this the ten or eleven main venoms (not including a load of others in almost imeasurable doses) that wasps carry in their own poison sacs and it becomes easier to understand why we should be a little wary of too much familiarity between "us and them". The venoms involved are apparently of a type evolved especially to produce pain and damage the tissues around the sting-site to allow that pain to be maximised. So a jasper's sting not only pumps a potent cocktail of venom into its victim; it can also introduce bacteria and irritants from the insects it has preyed upon,as well as any toxic substances from plants it has visited, into the sting-site. It's an arrogant failing of humans to value other creatures for their usefullness or otherwise to Man. Hence too many folk hold to the the bees=good,wasps = bad ,outlook. Wasps do loads of things that even from skewed ,self-obsessed human perspectives should out-balence the predudice against them. The obvious ones being pollination,carcass removal and the very effective control of other insects that humans consider noxious . Hornets are great,spectacular things . Around the nest they can go from calm to Kamikazi in seconds if they thing a potential predator is taking too much interest. Away from the nest they come across as benign,sometimes inquisitive creatures and in these situations most people are stung by accident. Hornets habitually fly at night,hunting moths and other insects and using the cover of darkness to gather wood for the nest. Unfortunatly warm late-summer evenings coupled with open windows and the use of electric lights as dusk falls earlier each evening mean that hornets tend to be drawn into houses at night. They end up in the strangest of places,lost ,hungry and dopey. Then without meaning to hurt anyone they get themselves trodden-on ,sat on and rolled-on in bed. . And people get stung. The truth is though that people just worry when they have a hornets'nest in too close a proximity to their daily activities. A nest in a shed,or garage,or hen run or tree in the garden,or garage means people can't go about their business without risking or worrying about recieving a jabbing that will hurt or possibly send them, or their families, or visitors, or the window-cleaner into a coma,or worse. It can affect their enjoyment of their home and is a very real potential risk. So we kill em. I always tell customers who claim to be struggling with the dilemma that there is nothing unnatural about protecting their home or family from threats. If a human sticks a hand in a squirrel drey it'll probably be bitten. If a Queen wasp or hornet builds a nest in someone else's home its not unnatural for the home-owner to defend their territory.If the hornets are safely at the end of the garden I sometimes suggest leaving them alone to do "hornet things" all summer and see if they cause trouble as autumn approaches and possibly gravitate to the house. If the nest is in proximity to people on -balence there are risks involved in ignoring it. In the greater scheme we only kill a tiny percentage of the annual nests and there are far greater forces at work which affect the prosperity of wasps and hornets from year to year. I still love hornets
  12. More Hornets ...

    I still get it wrong... Though I've become pretty good at dealing with customers who say they definatly have a mouse-nest because they can hear them gnawing at a particular place in the wall or the ceiling . I ask them "Does it sound like this,"and start making funny clicking noises down the phone. If they say "Yes",I tell em to look out of the window and see if they can spot a line of Jaspers going back and forth. It saves me oiking out the mouse-bait when I'm in full-on wasp busting mode. Though one day I'm sure a potential customer is going to call me a weird nutter and slam the phone down.
  13. More Hornets ...

    I do wonder how well Asian hornets will do in this country.For instance whether our summers will be long enough for them to consistently nest with success. I agree with Phil regarding our native hornets;it's usually possible to get in with the lance and retire without doing anything more than confuse the poor things. The worse scenarios are when the nest has already been disturbed . The hornets seem to post guards who stand duty for hours waiting for the next interloper. Strangely nests in houses seem to be calmer than those in more natural surroundings. I had a call this year from a campsite operator who had recieved reports of ramblers and their dogs being attacked in a section of footpath through a wood. As the victims were campsite guests they had no local knowledge and not surprisingly none had returned to pin-point the source of the terror. So with the vaguest of directions , fully suited and with a mind-set somewhere between Hercule Poirot and Hawkeye I made my way through the wood. There were plenty of rotting ash trees but no obvious flightpaths let alone holes brimming with hornet sentries. After about a hundred yards I spotted a tennis ball on the path and the bit of Poirot(more like Columbo those who know my dress-sense might say) in my brain kicked-in. "Ah ha,could that ball have been abandoned by a terrified dog?" I thought to myself in a Belgian accent. At this moment I became aware that the site-warden who was supposed to be wardening potential ramblers away from the wood was right behind me. He had never seen a hornets' nest apparently. Well he saw one now . The nest was at ground-level in the roots of an oak right on the footpath. What's more they were ready for a fight. Amazingly they by-passed me with my conspicuous alien bee-suit and three layers of armoured underwear and started after the poor bloke behind me. More amazingly-probably due to his youth and speed- he escaped un-stung but apparently he could feel them pinging-off the back of his fleece until he reached the edge of the wood. But then this lot were in a vulnerable position and had been wound-up over the course of several days. Sadly they had to go but as Phil mentions I still felt a bit sad.
  14. More Hornets ...

    I think hornets are my favourite insect. Away from the nest they are so benign. They also seem to display a high degree of intelligence for an insect and are very aware of being watched.. Wind em up at the nest though and they can do a good impersonation of a squadron of Stukas! .
  15. Unusual Rabbit!

    I've come across a few calcified rabbit foetuses and always assumed they are similar to the petrified babies that are found in some unfortunate women. In these cases a baby has for some reason died in the woman's body,sometimes having developed outside the womb, and has failed to be expelled. This can lead to dangerous infections but sometimes the mother's defence mechanisms isolate the foreign body by encapsulating it in calcium. As doe rabbits often self-absorb unborn young up three-quarters of the way through gestation rather than abort by early expulsion the mechanics might not be quite the same as in humans. However I presume that a doe can only successfully re-absorb foetuses that are still alive or at least in a reasonable condition and connected by healthy placenta to the mother's tissues. A dead baby with a degraded connection to the mother's system might not be absorbed and hence become mummified. Only my theory !