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  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
  16. Hey Sue, I think I did offer at one point. I would be happy to show anyone at Tom Forrester's. A few people have asked me since about it so we should try. You really can "talk" to them with your fingers. I always got the impression I only "gave orders" with the metal whistle. Dan
  17. For some reason, the whistling to the border collies has always romanced me. I have taken a keen interest over the years to listen to the various types of mechanical whistles and people who finger whistle. I'll try to answer some of the questions posed. Only my personal opinion but as far as the mechanical whistles go, I firmly believe that no whistle offers more clarity and volume than the good ol' plastic whistle. They aren't glamorous but they are very loud and clear to those who can work them. I have listened to countless people whistle from afar while working at the top ends of variou
  18. Anyone out there have experience with this grass? My contract farmer is real big on it but I wanted to get other opinions since he is more of a cattle man. From the description is seems like a fit for one of my pastures but wondered if anyone had experience or knowledge with it in regards to sheep. http://www.hancockseed.com/seed-varieties-...lb-bag-376.html Thanks in advance, Daniel King
  19. Hi, I will need to buy a Remote Control Gate set-up soon. Anyone out there have a recommendation as to a brand or what to look out for? Thus far I have visited the Tractor Supply Store in my town and was not impressed with the lone, seemingly expensive option they had. Thanks in advance Daniel King
  20. Tea, Cool Deal! My email at home is awayjig at gmail or furthermore1 at aol. I am really intrigued. I had someone give me an Icelandic horn when I firsted started experimenting with making crooks. I subsequently ruined it and still have the sad evidence. If I had the chance again, I could have made a beauty knowing what I know now. I have a Shetland Horn but have not begun to work it yet. I think it may work. these are both smaller breeds so you don't get the mass of a mature Scottish Blackface which is the prize find of a stickmaker. Ewes horns are of no use for a Crook. (Too
  21. Hi, Thanks for the heads up Julie! Tea, we may be able to work something out. What type of rams did your horns come? Scotties and Dorsets are best but others will work with a little coaxing. Also age of the ram when processed is a factor. Should be at least three years old or so for suffiicient horn to make a decent crook. Thanks Dan
  22. Hi, I would definitely be interested in the horns. I make Crooks and misc trinkets with the horn. I can make it worth your while Do you know how old the rams are? Please contact me privately thanks Dan
  23. Hi, Might be the wrong place to post this, but since this situation is not a rescue. I'll try it here. A very good friend of mine finds himself at work now more than home. With no time to do agility nor keep the dog busy with "work", he feels like his BC is not getting the attention she deserves. He will hang on to her till her dying day but wondered if there were a better situation out there where she could compete at agility, which she loves, and get more attention. Had my friend continued to run her, I have little doubt she would have been a Top National contender. This dog is fully
  24. Patty, and anyone else trying the mechanical whistles.. It takes a while before you can begin to get a good sound out of a whistle. (Unless you give one to a kid). I floundered for several months before I could make some nice sounds. I kept Alasdair's cd in the player back and forth to work and whistled along. Never could whistle "Dixie" on one. Melanie, An honor to meet you. I hope my girls can help you out with your research. Looking forward to hearing more from you on that. I was trying to remember the substance type and couldn't, of the kind Ray Coapman made/makes. Yes, the Corian
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