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Testing, testing
John S.

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I am just testing my ability to post a photo. I don't have any photos of anything I'm building (yet), so I thought I'd post one of this buck that walked through my backyard last weekend, about 50 feet away. I've seen him off and on for the past few years. He is really spectacular.

Given his headstock logo, I thought David might appreciate it.

Dec 20, 07 | 10:18 am
John S.

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Dec 20, 07 | 10:22 am

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Wow, what a beautiful buck! IMO, that is much better looking than any picture of of my guitars. I spend a lot of cold hours in tree stands every year just waiting to see a big guy like that walk by. One day.....

Yeah, I know not politically correct and kind of dangerous to say around a bunch of musicians but pictures like that get my hunting blood moving! :)

Dec 21, 07 | 2:34 pm
John S.

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Well, I'm an avid follower of your blog, and IMHO your guitars are pretty impressive, given the relatively short amount of time you've been building. Each new one looks better than the previous one. I especially like the finishes on your instruments. Rest assured that I will be reaching out for advice in the future.

I'm located outside of Cincy, where the whitetail population density is about the highest in the country. Hunting pressure isn't that high, so those deer who choose not to throw themselves in front of cars (thus making deer the most dangerous animal in America) can live long lives. Bucks like this one are not common, but neither are they rare.

Dec 22, 07 | 12:03 pm

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Folks, This has nothing to do with kits, guitars, strings or anything. But I am sitting here thinking how weird the world is. I could not for a second think of "dropping" (maybe an Australian term) such a beautiful beast. Then again all you in the other hemisphere most likely think that the culling kangaroos is somewhat barbaric. It seems strange to me that I could not take sights on a deer but I have paid to repair many a vehicle panel thanks to the wayward tendencies of our national emblem.

Maybe that is David's reasoning - Guitars cost less than deer damage - LOL

Dec 23, 07 | 5:01 am

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After replacing the entire front end of a few cars, I have lost any and all ill feelings about hunting them. I absolutely love the whitetail deer and have huge respect and admiration of them, but I also understand that in order for them to thrive, they need to be properly managed. That requires hunting them. In my neck of the woods, whitetail deer re-populate the area almost as fast as rabbits. If the herd wasn't culled by hunting, the entire population would suffer by disease, winter food shortages, and harsh winter conditions. Thinning the herd allows the rest of the deer to be much healthier and the overall herd to be stronger. I am an extremely picky hunter. For every deer I take, I probably let 50 walk. For instance, this season I let over 20 bucks walk by because they didn't meet my standard as a 'shooter'. I took two does and let well over 100 pass by. I consider a hunt successful if I enjoyed my time in the woods. With that as my guideline, I have yet to have an un-sucessful hunt.

Jan 01, 08 | 9:35 am

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That is an absolutely beautiful photo. really captures the majesty of the whitetail with a good rack.
Here in Ottawa we have an overpopulation problem but the authorities won't concede that a cull is the answer. More signs and lights along the roads seems to be the preferred option.
Goodnes knows the foodbanks in the area could use the meat and aboriginal crafts enterprises could use the skins. I use antler for knives I make., as do others.
No waste and a lot fewer cars would need repairs and a lot fewer people would need doctoring.


Jan 15, 08 | 11:23 am

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How would antlers be for nuts and saddles?

Jan 15, 08 | 2:48 pm
Bill Cory

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Probably not bad. Water Buffalo Horn, Rhino toenails, ivory, etc., ... why not?

Jan 15, 08 | 4:36 pm

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Funny this should be mentioned. I was talking with my father a couple of nights ago and asked him to keep his eye out for some moose antler. He's in Newfoundland where moose outnumber people so I'm confidant he'll be able to locate some :)
I want to see if it will be a suitable material for nuts and saddles. I'm going to guess that there are some pore in antler that will make it difficult (or impossible) to get a nice solid blank to make a nut/saddle but I will report back with my findings when I get a chance to try it!


Jan 17, 08 | 11:32 am

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