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slow progress [Sep. 6th, 2005|04:41 pm]
Doug Ayen
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Well, last weekend I was floored by being stung many times by a previously undiscovered yellowjacket nest. This weekend was different! I only got stung about 5 times by a previously undiscovered yellowjacket nest! WooT!

On the "actally getting things done" list, I did make some progress. The failed katana was successfully cut down to wakizashi length and reground (do need to re-etch it to make sure I'm still in harmony with the hamon). I won on EBAY an oil-burner off a furnace that I'm going to use to fire up the casting furnace. I put another coat of Satanite on the new forge, and got the mounting bracket for the burner welded on. I mowed the lawn.

Friday didn't start off badly, but by evening I wasn't feeling very well, and took the evening off and went to bed early. Slept in Saturday, still wasn't feeling great, so spent the day enjoying the beautiful day outside. Early night, got up Sunday and went to work.

On Monday, a new acquaintance who is into rock carving dropped by to see whether he could use some of the tons of limestone kicking around the property. His first analysis was "this isn't limestone, it's marble." So, cool, I have many tons of large dark-grey marble kicking around the property. If you're interested in picking some up, let me know. I'll point out the yellowjacket nest upon request.

Monday was the productive day, spent time in the workshop, blew and replaced a tire on the car, picked out and loaded the rock for the sculptor, walked the fences (and found some barbed wire I need to replace soon), and got some house cleaning done.

And, aside from the right hand being swollen and sore from the yellowjackets, I got out of the weekend fairly unhurt. yay.

--doug
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[User Picture]From: jennifoot
2005-09-06 02:24 pm (UTC)
Next time I come to your house, I will not only be sure to bring all three of my epi-pens, but will request the pointing out of the known nests from a VERY safe distance. I guess it would be hard to point out the unknown ones, eh? ;) Sorry you keep getting stung :( I remember the day you picked a bee right off my face back in Annandale. You (potentially) saved my life!! hehehe.
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[User Picture]From: blackanvil
2005-09-06 05:04 pm (UTC)

No known nests anymore

Once I discover them, I take them out using my non-patented "poison and oxy-acetylene explosion" technique. First, locate entrance to nest. Second, poison same with fast acting wasp poison. Third: fill nest with mix of oxygen and acetylene. Fourth: stand back and toss matches until nest detonates.

Works every time.

--doug
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[User Picture]From: akrissy
2005-09-06 06:20 pm (UTC)

Re: No known nests anymore

Ouch!
As a kid, I had a knack for finding the yellowjacket nest while trying to play hide-a-seek. Easy to find me.... I was often running through the trees screaming "BEEEEESSSSS".

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[User Picture]From: jolhoeft
2005-09-06 03:22 pm (UTC)

It isn't all marble/limestone, alas.

Thanks for all the trouble yesterday. Tangling with yellow-jackets was definitely above and beyond the call of duty. I'll probably be taking you up on the offer for more stone soon.

Got my selections home last night, and tried working on it a bit. Broke some of the teeth on the tungsten carbide tooth chisel. The dark grey stone is much harder then marble or limestone. Basalt perhaps? Not surprisingly, it tends to wear a lot less, which is why the pieces I grabbed didn't have holes or a lot of fractures. I'll have to get some HCl and test it. The lighter gray stone is much softer, and I think is hard limestone or soft marble. All part of the learning process.

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[User Picture]From: jennifoot
2005-09-06 04:45 pm (UTC)

Re: It isn't all marble/limestone, alas.

Considering the location of Doug's farm, could the harder stuff be Greenstone? I know there's some in the nearby mountains.
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[User Picture]From: blackanvil
2005-09-06 05:09 pm (UTC)

Re: It isn't all marble/limestone, alas.

Too bad, I was kinda hoping.

I wonder what that stone is, then? I don't know enough geology to correctly ID it, but there's a lot of it around.

--doug
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[User Picture]From: jennifoot
2005-09-06 06:02 pm (UTC)

Re: It isn't all marble/limestone, alas.

pssst, maybe greenstone? Like what that super sekrit facility is carved out of? Especially if it broke the teeth of a tungsten carbide tooth chisel :)
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[User Picture]From: blackanvil
2005-09-07 01:11 pm (UTC)

Re: It isn't all marble/limestone, alas.

You may be right, I found a site that talks about the greenstone from the region, and yeah, it does look like a metamorphic basalt. Sadly, no good uses for it, it's pretty much a junk rock.
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