Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas bit

I'm not saying for who.

I know, I need to feed a little better

A few "doctorin" pictures. Things have settled down quite a bit around the ranch, we are down to just a few sick ones a week.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Back in bidniss

Wildblue was kind enough to straighten us out for a week or two. I can't wait to see what excuse they come up with next time. What ever it is, it will be our fault, not that they have a crappy service.

Here are some kitchen utensils I finished this week.

Cedar, Ironwood, mesquite, and oak handles. All are stainless steel damascus.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

In between

We have been 7 days a week straightening out calves, but I did manage to get one knife finished, mainly working on it in the mornings waiting on daylight.

Stainless damascus with a giraffe bone handle

It dawned on me that when I speak of straightening out calves, there may be some that read this blog that don't know what that is. I will try to explain.
 We buy calves out of various sale barns around the country using cattle buyers. These guys get the cattle bought according to our specifications, weight and quality, then put them on trucks to our pens. For the next month to 6 weeks these cattle are extremely susceptible to any disease, either hauled in or present at the pens. It is our job to find the sick ones and get them "doctored" before they die. Some years are worse than others, and times of the year make a difference. This is a 7 day a week process, rain, shine, cold or hot. Sickness doesn't take sunday off.

Steve holding one down while Joe draws medicine.

Me holding one down.

This is what we want them all to look like, healthy and eating.
These were all taken this morning.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Moving cattle

I took these with my phone while I was standing around not doing anything. We have some steers straightened out and they are now ready to go to the wheat pasture. We do everything we can horseback.

Joe the counter

Ronald the pusher

Finishing the job. Every day is a good day when you make a living horseback.

I am expecting a full frontal assault from our government on our way of life. The EPA has lots of plans for farmers and ranchers that will drive us independents out of business and off the land. What a shame, we don't make much money, but we sure have a lot of fun.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

knife and stand

Hand forged from scrap damascus. The base is mesquite. Round is a lot harder to do than one might think. It should display well anyway.