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Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by VANCE, May 9, 2016.
now I'm hungry for some grilled food. thanks a lot guys
Any fellow "Parrot Heads" here? My wife and I will be attending the Jimmy Buffet concert tomorrow. It's an annual event for us. It's an all-day event of tailgating, summer cocktails, great food followed by an evening of music and more partying. It's an absolute blast! I'll get some pics up on Sunday.
The weather .... upper 80s and sunny. Summer days in Michigan are the best few days of the year.
Not an official Parrot Head, but worked at a local miniature golf course my junior and senior year in High School. They played Buffet 24/7! I probably know the lyrics to every song forward and back. Still, never got tired of it. Great stuff.
Jimmy Buffet day!! Up early making food and prepping ingredients for drinks and tailgating. Hitting the road by 8:00 AM!!
This is video from one of Jimmy's shows. The song is called "Fins". I thought it's quite appropriate for the Fiddleback forum and my fellow sharks. It could be the Fiddleback Friday theme song.
Prepping avacado salsa with watercress and cilantro (sorry early morning cell pic)
Excellent choice with "Fins" Dave. My wife and I have been big fans of Jimmy's music over the years. More often than not, it would be the music of choice when spending time on our boat or when driving down to the Florida Keys. One of our all time favorite CD's is Banana Wind. We haven't had the pleasure of seeing Jimmy live, however, we came real close when we were living in MN. He used to book an out door concert venue in neighboring Wisconsin. As such, we will live vicariously through you this weekend !
What an incredible day spent with my wife yesterday. We had an absolute blast. The weather was beautiful. The theater parking lots weren't expected to open until the afternoon. We have not seen Jimmy at this particular venue before. We learned that in years past people traditionally tailgate at a local Park-N-Ride just up the street then move over to the main lots. We arrived around 9:30 and set up temporarily. The DTE Theater security showed up at 11:30 and announced the lots were open! We quickly broke down and moved up the street. We were near the front of the lots which was great. We spent the day eating, drinking, hydrating and wandering the huge parking lots admiring the various tailgate set ups. Ours is very simple by comparison of most others.
Our menu consisted of a large sub sandwich, cold fried chicken, avacado salsa, a pasta salad, a cucumber salad, fresh fruit and a variety of snacks. The cocktails were Land Shark beer, Vodka and tonics and or Strawberry Daiquiris.
The Jimmy Buffet crowd is always polite and courteous. Wherever you go you are offered food, drinks or a jello shot! We have made dozens of "friends for the day" at the shows. I spoke with the security as they were driving around. They confirmed that there isn't any other performer that brings with him a following or a party like Jimmy does.
Admittedly I didn't stop to take the amount of pics I had planned to. We didn't take our phones into the concert either. It's so nice to cut the cord from our cell phones at times. Here are a few pics of our tailgate set ups.
Finally the concert.... We never sat down and we sang every verse. He still puts on a great show even after 40 years of touring.
When it was all said and done it was a great date day with my wife. Even with adult kids we don't get a lot of opportunity to spend a day alone together and yesterday was a blast.
This was our Park-N-Ride temporary set up. Just after I took this the lot started to fill up quickly.
This was our set up at DTE Theater. We are in a small lot near the entrance of the theater. There are multiple lots behind were I am standing. The party is absolutely huge. Itis a sea of canopies and portable Tiki huts.
Awesome post Dave. Looks like a lot of fun.
Landshark is our alternative to Corona. Good stuff.
I just received this today from Pete Winkler "Cross Knives". I love Sambar Stag handles but you have to expect some thickness variations in the scales. This is almost perfectly symmetrical. That is amazing for a stag handle. This feels fantastic in hand. The bolster and Sambar work beautifully together.
Thats a good looking knife
no Fiddlebacks so it ends up here
Kraft mac & cheese might be the best thing ever!
That looks like a load of fun Dave!
I had Kraft M&C with chicken sausage last night Phillip. Good stuff.
My favorite handle combo (OD over Natural and White) from three different makers:
that is a sweet combo. Natural & blue under almost anything is my favorite.
Nice comparison Thurin. Similar yet each is so different.
Twindog just did a nice comparison of choppers in the Knife Testing forum and included a 16" Fiddleback machete for reference against some heavier, thicker choppers. http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/s...igh-hardness-choppers?p=16214736#post16214736
If you folks haven't already stumbled on Ben Tendick's latest sales thread for his Chunkidashi, you gotta' go check it out... 'bout busted a gut!
Last summer I made this little knife inspired by the runt only a little bigger. It might be somewhere in the size range of a palmer. It was the second knife I had made. It turned out pretty good but I didn't get the heat treat right so it doesn't hold an edge well. Well, I really wanted a knife like this so I retried it in 3/32" 01 tool steel instead of 1/8" because I also wanted it thinner.
I just finished the new knife today. After making some scandi knives, I was reminded how much more difficult making a convex knife is. I tried to make it as close to a zero bevel convex as possible. There are quite a few things that could have been done better, but it turned out not bad. It is very sharp, we will see how the edge holds up. I think I have my heat treat down now so I am pretty optimistic.
It is not a mirror polish but nice enough for my own use.
:thumbup: Very nice! I like the zero convex edge.
nice job hasco
Great job Hasco!