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Daniel King

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  • Birthday 06/08/1964

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    New Hope, Va
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    Sheep, Border Collies, Wine tasting, Astronomy, Experimental Gourmet Cooking
  1. Yes. Unfortunately I have a day job, then come home to put on my shepherd's hat. Soooo, that doesn't leave time for much crook making. Will be happy to make sticks for my fellow shepherds and Sheepdog trialers. Just need to be patient. contact me at awayjig@gmail.com
  2. First auction done.. One more to go. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200552464932&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
  3. Just a few hours to go on the first Auction for "Tea" and her Wolftown. thanks for your support!! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200552139429&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
  4. Here we go again my Sheepdog friends! Spread the word that a second Crook is on the auction block. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200552464932 This is the matching horn to the first auction.
  5. Thanks Gloria! The one up on Ebay right now is the #1 Crook in my Picasa album. As with any of my sticks I have ever sold, they come with a lifetime guarantee.. so long as you don't break it over a dog or fellow handler I will also polish from time to time as I see my sticks at trials. More of my work: http://picasaweb.google.com/awayjig/Crooks# Dan
  6. Alrighty then.. Let the bidding begin. spread the word to help Tea! From my original pictures, this was crook #2. I'll put up Crook #1 tomorrow (24 hrs from start of this auction) http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200552139429
  7. Standby as this auction may be going to Ebay. Hat tip to Sarah Ruckelshaus for the idea. Tea is working on setting up Wolftown in the Non-Profit database in Ebay. Stay tuned and spread the word. Dan
  8. I was graciously given several Ram's horns this past year from, oft BC board contributor, "Tea" (T Martino). If you don't all know by now, T has more or less devoted her life to rehabilitating wildlife with the Wolftown organization. This is a super group of people who help sick or injured wildlife and then return them back to their native habitat if possible. Wolftown also teaches compassionate, sustainable and predator friendly agriculture. All are causes dear to my heart. In an effort to raise funds for such a worthy cause, I have completed two "curly horn" crooks recently. 100% of the
  9. Thought I would chime in since my name was mentioned. Thanks for the compliment Mark.. For training or trialing, I use/recommend getting the fiberglass wands from any Home Depot or Lowes for about a buc.. I made grips for mine with air line hose sold by the foot. Just glue a 6-8" piece on one end. Viola, instant working wand for about two bucks. I made about ten and have them all over the place so one is always nearby and handy. Imo, I don't think you need to be anyone special or at a certain level to treat yourself to a nice crook. It is a cultural jewel of our sport. If you get a crook
  10. Icelandic Rams horns will be fine in my experience. Once again, the horns should be from an older Ram at least five years of age so sounds like you have a winner. They have a tight curl much like the Shetlands that T has. It makes it more difficult to straighten and bend but it can be done. Yes, aging horns is like curing hazel or other sticks. Good luck
  11. Tea, please contact me at: awayjig at gmail dot com Would love to have more horns! Ben, let me make a bunch of buttons for T and if you want something special, I'd be happy to do that for you. Thanks Dan
  12. Glad to answer any questions. Once the core of the horn is removed, it takes at least a year to dry out where it is suitable to work with. Fresh horn has a great deal of elasticity, or "memory", when worked with and it sands poorly. Once dried, you can put the horn in to shapes and curves and it stays, unless exposed to high temps again. To dry my horns out, I like to put them in my attic or other dry place that gets warm. The rafters of my barn were the best place I have found to date. Lots of air currents and dry heat. Whether the horns from your neighbor's Ram are good enough to mak
  13. T, p.s. I recently began making some buttons out of scrap horn. Julie Poudrier was the recipient of a few so maybe should could provide some feedback. If you think you can sell these as a fundraiser let me know. The Ewe horns you sent me would be perfect. Dan
  14. Hi T, You did send a few to me. They are still in their drying out period so I have not been able to begin any work. Thanks Dan
  15. Yay Sue. You did good! my first guinea pig on a new method (explanation) of how to finger whistle. You made a decent sound in a few tries.. I swear it was several hours of constant trying before I got out a squeak. keep at it. Funny thing was the look of surprise on your face when you made the first sound! Dan
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