Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Photo background patio table is gone...

One of the tables on the back patio, that I've used as a background for blog pics and videos, has been sold.  It and its two chairs (bistro set: tiny table and chairs for people with narrow behinds), which were really too small for any adult to sit on and enjoy a potation, is gone and I didn't even get to say goodbye.

My folks are looking to sell the house and we've been packing up everything to eliminate 'clutter', and Ma has been taking some things to Goodwill, and it seems the table was 'stuff' we didn't need and will not have room for when a smaller abode/home/domicile is found and this house is sold.

You can see how the table has darkened/faded from sun and weather, from the 2008 photo with the Cold Steel Trail Master paracord sheath wrap photo and one taken last August with some tasty beverages.

As Ma was unloading her vehicle at Goodwill, while the employee that is supposed to help just stood by and watched (Ma was fit to be tied about it and that fella is getting an 'unsatisfactory' customer service review), another lady that was donating items saw the table and pair of chairs and asked Ma if she could buy 'em, so Ma made a quick $10 on the set.  I hope they serve their new master well.

They say I can't keep my workout equipment either, not that I've used it since we've been in this house, so I may donate it to my folk's church, if the 'committee' approves it.  I imagine there'd be liability/insurance issues, but having a workout room at church would be cool for those that would like to take advantage of it.

Ma took some photos of the weights and equipment and asked me to upload and email them to Pa, so he could forward them to someone at church.  I assembled a collage of the pics Ma took.  I bought Ma her digital camera probably back in '04 or '05, and have suggested she practice with it and take lots of pics even of the same thing since some might not come out, but when she does use it, she'll take three pics and two of them will be blurry and out of focus, lol.


I've packed up most of the stuff in my room, including all my paracord, knot tying tools, and accessories, so I don't know when I'll get a chance to work on new projects.  I've only planned on keeping what clothes and toiletries I need handy, with still several more storage totes to fill, then probably put everything in storage somewhere.  Most of the totes I have were bought the last time we moved, but I'd loaned some to a sister for one of her moves, so I had to buy some more plus managed to fill 25 boxes just with books.

I do have a box of some old knot projects and gear from the gadget drawer that I've intended to put up and auction on ebay for the last couple of months but have kept putting it off, but will have to list them soon if not just to cover bills, but tax time is coming up again as well...


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Friday, December 30, 2016

A Wooden Fid

I finally finished up adding some knot work to a surprise gift in a package from knot tying friend Phil/Cord Craft of the Knot Everything Forums. A nicely done wooden fid that narrows down to a flattened tip for use with a variety of different sized cordage, even the thinner stuff, for tightening/dressing and loosening knots.

I know Phil told me the type of wood and finish he used on the fid, but I cannot seem to recall them at the moment, so I'll have to see if I saved the email or message he mentioned them in and update on that later, typing this as I come down from a two day headache...

I tried tying several different knots with different types and diameters of cord before I decided to go with some suede leather lace in a gaucho knot interweave.

I dug up the suede lace from the bottom of a storage tub.  I think I purchased the lace six or seven years or more ago for another project at the time and put it away and forgot about it.

Some of the knot work I tried were Turk's heads, headhunter, pineapple, herringbone, Hansen, and gaucho variations, with each fitting differently in the fid's cut out/channels, some too wide, or too narrow, where the 1/8" suede seemed just about right.

The original package of the lace had four colors, a light green or tan I think was the one I'd used up, leaving red, brown, and black.  The black is so dark, it can be hard to see the gaucho pattern in photos, where the design is more easily seen in hand.  I also like the soft textured feel the suede gives the knot.

And a side-by-side size comparison photo of the wooden fid next to a Jig Pro Shop stainless steel Knotters Tool II.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Digging thru the gadget drawers...

I was digging around in the closet storage containers and going through gadget drawers looking for things to sell on ebay to help pay bills, and found the shovel project from a couple of years ago.

I'd tied a paracord pineapple knot around the center section of the shovel where it wouldn't interfere with the folding function, while trying out a few lacing needles that eXtremePara.com had sent me to test out.  I had also added a paracord gaucho knot around a handle of a trowel that I've kept in a bug out bag.

Since I've not been using either, they may go up on the ebay auction block soon with some other edc type things like flashlights, knives, multitools and whatnot from the collection.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Stormdrane's eBay Listings November 2016

I need funds for bills and expenses, so I will start listing some things from the gadget drawer collection on ebay.

I scheduled some to start tonight, Tuesday, November 15 at 11PM Eastern time, to run for five days, ending on Sunday, November 20.

After I get paid for those and ship them out, I'll most likely list some more items. Not listing international at the moment because of excessive shipping costs.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

A quick paracord bandolier review from LordDraconical!

The Paracord Nerf Dart Bandolier from the previous blog post, tied in a king cobra stitch/doubled Solomon bar/Portuguese sinnet, was received by LordDraconical, and he gives a brief un-boxing review before later putting it through the paces in a weekend SENC Nerf battle 

Check out Drac's YouTube channel to see custom Nerf blasters and reviews on foam warfare props and whatnot.



The couple of paracord keychain/keyring fobs included with the bandolier have Schmuckatelli Co. Fang skull beads, on pewter and the other has a black oxide finish, and the carabiner had a neon green paracord long four bight Turk's head knot with County Comm orange tether cord gaucho knots.  Knots used on the keyfobs were an Extended two-strand Matthew Walker knot and a Two-strand Footrope knot.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Paracord Nerf Dart Bandolier

A project I started on back in the Spring after a friend suggested I collaborate with the world famous LordDraconical on a Nerf type project, which would turn out be a bandolier for the common Elite type Nerf darts.

I ordered some black and neon green paracord and also some black elastic webbing and shock cord to work on some ideas with loops for the darts.  After some tying and untying with different designs, I decided to keep it simple so others could easily duplicate it on their own and went with the Solomon bar/cobra stitch/Portuguese sinnet and doubled variation.

I tried to adjust the loops to where they weren't too tight on the darts, where a couple of previous versions I found the foam darts would easily compress and stay like that for a while, and I thought that might affect the aerodynamics when they get fired, going in any direction but straight, but I don't know since I do not own a Nerf gun to actually test that out.

The loop section is 60 inches long, first done with neon green paracord and finished with a 6" extension with an HK type clip at the end of the loop, then I went back over the whole thing with black paracord.  A little research turned up shotgun shell bandoliers that were 53 inch long loops, and single point slings usually run smaller, but I figured the more darts the merrier, and someone were wearing a jacket or heavier clothing, Nerf armor if that's a thing, it would fit over all that.

I had purchased 60 darts, and there's room for 72 on the bandolier. The extension at the end could be used to attach to a water bottle, another Nerf gun, bag/satchel/pouch of more darts, or secure to a belt loop or whatnot...

The elastic ends are secure with a little needle and thread, but the loops are held in place by friction with the knot work. As it sits, one could adjust the loops by moving slack from the loops to either side to make larger loops to hold bigger darts or magazines, didn't test it out though.

About 68 feet of neon green paracord was used and 73 of black, worked with single 100 foot long strands to tie the bandolier and I think I used around 15 feet of 3/8" elastic webbing for the loops.

The basic design has been used by many for rifle slings and even a few rifle ammo bandoliers too, but I didn't see anyone working with Nerf darts and using elastic that fit just right along the knot work.

A wide pattern with dual elastic loops for the darts would be cooler, I think, but also heavier and much more time and paracord involved, but I'm sure someone will run with it and share further ideas since this Nerf stuff is very popular.

Once Drac gets to try it out and see if it's even usable as it is or more deserving to be melted down for scrap, I'm sure he'll share his well respected opinion on it. ;)

For those that want to make a simple closed loop bandolier, without an added attachment end, think of making an upscaled slip-on type paracord bracelet, tied to desired size, then go back over it again with elastic and another layer of paracord. Or for making one with a side-release buckle, the old bracelet tutorial with adding in additional length for core strands will do.

You can get creative with any pattern that would allow you to work in the elastic webbing for dart retention, just remember not too tight or the foam darts get squeezed. ;)




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