Friday, March 31, 2006

Current Projects

I have a few different things I'm working on right now. I don't really know when any of them will be completed. First, now that the weather is nice, I've already started flintknapping. I'm working on my first obsidian point. Thus far I've only worked on glass bottle bottoms so this is a new challenge. If the weather is nice, I'll have the point done this weekend.

I'm also working on a new bow. This will be my first osage orange bow. I made a mistake early on but I don't know if it will be a problem until I figure out which part of the stave my bow will comprise.

I've been listening to John Young's Advanced Bird Language series on CD. John Young was mentored by Tom Brown Jr. of the Tracker School for many years. It is a pretty awesome series and the stories are cool. With knowledge of bird language, you can move more stealthily through nature, see more animals, know where animals are before you can see them and generally increase your awareness. For example, in the wilderness John Young knows when a person is coming 2 minutes before he can see them by listening to birds. How cool is that!

6 comments:

Bleach n Sheets said...

That is cool as hell. I wonder if the bird talk has been adapted for city life.

Sassmouth said...

In the lectures, he says that some people were able to learn it in just one little block in a city. In some ways it is an advantage since you'll get to see how birds react to people and dogs more often.

fooiemcgoo said...

I like this bird talk business. some day, i want to be just like you.

fooiemcgoo said...

I saw two rabbits chasing each other around yesterday. they kept doing circles around my parent's gazebo.

what does that mean?

fooiemcgoo said...

question:
can you talk to the birds and ask them stuff? I am being serious.

Sassmouth said...

You can borrow my cds if you want. It is pretty interesting even if you don't want to learn it because he tells lots of stories. Probably half of the lecture is stories.

The only way to really learn though is to put in the hours so I won't be able to help you much.

Rabbits seem to be chasing each other around a lot these days. I'm guessing it is a mating thing.

I haven't heard anything about asking animals things. Trees and plants are the only thing I've heard of talking to, maybe because they are a captive audience. I wouldn't be surprised if you can talk to animals.

The idea of bird language is to see and hear what the birds are seeing and hearing. All the other animals in the wild do this, but modern man has lost this ability.