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ilinda

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Re: Animal Husbandry
« Reply #30 on: July 10, 2017, 03:19:58 PM »
I'm fairly ignorant about the "coarseness" level of whetstones, as I only have one--it seems somewhat fine, although I haven't seen a "medium" or "coarse" stone.  I need to check into this matter.
I got a bunch of wetstones from China [Ebay] for a few bucks, several different levels of coarseness. I think such things might prove very useful when international trade dissolves...
And if those are lost or stolen, maybe people can find sandstone that can be fashioned into a sharpening stone.  Worth a try on an oudated blade to be used for practice.

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Re: Animal Husbandry
« Reply #31 on: July 10, 2017, 08:03:35 PM »
people can find sandstone that can be fashioned into a sharpening stone.  Worth a try on an oudated blade to be used for practice.
Any stone be used for sharpening a knife with, including concrete. Professional wetstones today, however, are of very specific grades. Once you lose those, it'll probably be some centuries or millennia before such quality can be achieved again.
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Re: Animal Husbandry
« Reply #32 on: July 11, 2017, 03:45:12 PM »
people can find sandstone that can be fashioned into a sharpening stone.  Worth a try on an oudated blade to be used for practice.
Any stone be used for sharpening a knife with, including concrete. Professional wetstones today, however, are of very specific grades. Once you lose those, it'll probably be some centuries or millennia before such quality can be achieved again.
But sandstone is rather easy to work with, so that would be my first choice.  Before the IR, many who sharpened tools used native stone(s) rather than manufactured, mass-produced ones.  Where there's a will, there's a way.

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Re: Animal Husbandry
« Reply #33 on: August 27, 2017, 05:29:30 PM »
Not sure if this is exactly animal husbandry, but by stretching the definition a bit, it is.

We always welcome garden spiders in our garden as they are beneficial to us all, well, except to their prey.  So far, I can only find two different garden spiders in our main garden this year, and they are only a few feet apart.  The larger of the two had been wrapping up a Japanese Beetle this morning, so hurray for Ms. Garden Spider.

 Because Japanese Beetles are so destructive to just about all vegetation, they're not welcome in the garden, so I send the message out to the Universe to all birds and others who eat Japanese Beetles to "come one, come all".  I like to think of pampering, and caring for garden spiders as Spider Husbandry.
Here is the beautiful one.

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Re: Animal Husbandry
« Reply #34 on: August 27, 2017, 06:02:42 PM »
What a great late summer theme Ilinda!  She is a beauty.  Normally I hate all spiders except Grandaddy Longlegs.  In the woods we have some real oddballs.  Will try and snap some photos.  I do hope not to see any trapdoor spiders this year, but they have always signaled colder weather is on the way. :)