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Post by grendel on Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:41 pm

I just wondered what people's other hobbies and skills are? Related or non-related.

I know we have some metal mine-detectorists and people into bushcraft.

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Post by the barnacle on Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:40 pm

metal detecting and the odd bit of wood turning,

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Post by Native on Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:44 pm

I love to brain tan!
And hundreds of other related skills!

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Post by Lumpendoodle on Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:36 pm

Metal detecting, leatherwork, and my newest one, bookbinding.

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Post by Dorset Andy on Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:05 pm

I have a large, climate-controlled greenhouse full of carnivorous pitcher plants, orchids, ferns, tree ferns, bromeliads, club mosses, ant plants etc.

I am also a botanical book illustrator.

I also collect Eocene fossils.

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Post by grendel on Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:46 am

2 Illustrators on one forum, what's the chances?

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:18 am

Yup! I'm guilty! as well as a lot of assorted geekism. I do like to make stuff from scratch so knapping appeals a great deal...

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Post by Lumpendoodle on Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:11 am

Dorset Andy wrote:I have a large, climate-controlled greenhouse full of carnivorous pitcher plants, orchids, ferns, tree ferns, bromeliads, club mosses, ant plants etc.

I am also a botanical book illustrator.

I also collect Eocene fossils.

I'm impressed with your choice of plants. I imagine your greenhouse would have the perfect ambiance for knapping. The ant plants sound especially interesting (will have a quick google).

Oh, and I have yet another new hobby, sewing (but sensibly, with a sewing machine).

We do appear to be a group of obsessive fettlers.

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Post by the barnacle on Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:34 pm

Dorset Andy wrote:I have a large, climate-controlled greenhouse full of carnivorous pitcher plants, orchids, ferns, tree ferns, bromeliads, club mosses, ant plants etc.

I am also a botanical book illustrator.

I also collect Eocene fossils.



have you got any pics of the fossils andy - i collect fossils myself, thanks steve.

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Post by Dorset Andy on Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:01 pm

Hi Steve

Here are a few pics of some of the fossils I have in my collection. I collect exclusively at Barton-on Sea, near Highcliffe, in Hampshire. I have around 4000 fossils, 99% of which are marine (gastropods, bivalves, fish, shark, coral, turtle, crocodile, crab etc) Occasionally fossils from land are found, and have several seeds and fir cones. The fossils are eocene in age, so not that old at a mere forty million years! The environment at the time was a warm, tropical shallow sea, close to a river estuary.











Plagiolophus annectens, a small, primitive horse.


Various shark teeth. The largest are around 5cm long.




A section of the lower half of the shell of a turtle.



Thanks for looking



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Post by the barnacle on Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:44 pm

wow what a great collection, love the sharks teeth - i would love to live by an area with so much, i used to collect at the dudley reserve but you cant take fossils now, such a shame as i know a few areas full of fossil sea bed sheets,

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Post by grendel on Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:35 pm

That's a stunning collection, the display looks very professional. Are they in your home or somewhere else?

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Post by Dorset Andy on Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:27 pm

Hi Grendel

All the fossils are in bags and stored away in boxes. For the photos, I just placed them on a sheet of white paper.

One day, I shall have a proper cabinet to put them in, like the one I have for my butterfly/insect collection.



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Post by Lumpendoodle on Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:00 am

You've taken good quality photos. Mine always look like those scary drunken holidy snaps, whatever I try. Embarassed

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Post by grendel on Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:08 am

Yes, excellent photography, that's what made me think they may be on display in a gallery or somewhere.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:52 am

I have a few Pleistocene fossils, found a few and handed them in for I.D to the natural history dept. at the local museum, the best ones I have done the usual thing of "putting them somewhere safe" and I'm unable to find the buggers! not happy.

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Post by Chert on Mon May 27, 2013 6:43 pm

Just found this thread. Hobbies include archery, prehistoric living history displays and ancient boat reconstruction. Have to admit I am a complete novice at knapping but have admired several experts at work.

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Re: Other skills and hobbies

Post by grendel on Mon May 27, 2013 8:42 pm

The only places I know does prehistoric living histories are the ones down in the west country and up north with the roundhouses, forget their names. Do you do prehistoric archery?

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Post by Chert on Mon May 27, 2013 10:02 pm

We regularly do our stuff at Chysauster Iron Age Village, Cornwall, over the August Bank Holiday. I don't do prehistoric archery as such but do shoot sometimes with my Holmgaard bow.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Wed May 29, 2013 12:18 am

Dorset Andy, I have some new fossil discoveries from the beach I'll post some pics when I can, bits of big mammals...
Chert, welcome and good timing! I'm making a longbow out of a 2" thick Hazel stave and could do with some help! Got it shaped roughly out with a spoke shave (and a little flint) and have yet to tiller the bugger...

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Post by Chert on Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:01 am

Hi Hertzian

Not huge on bowyer skills but from an instant bow workshop I ran I do know that the biggest danger is over enthusiasm creating a "hinge" near the handle area instead of keeping the slope constant for a longbow. Forgive me if you are well aware of this.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:16 pm

Good to know that, I'm aware of working out the hinges but I was thinking more in the arms rather than the middle! Thanks.
I have posted some pics under experimental archaeology though they might have been moved to weapons and tools.

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