September 17, 2014

I finally made an Etsy store with the help and encouragement of a few people. You can find it here or just search on Etsy “LockeWoods”. Here are some pictures of what I’m offering so far. The following photographs were taken by Simon Ingall:

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September 10, 2014

I have been kind of quiet on here lately. I get in these weird periods where I don’t feel like writing. I feel like no one wants to read what I have to write about. I have nothing that interesting to write about. I’ll just post some pictures I have from the past couple weeks.

We went and shot some clays in PA one weekend. Great location. Lehigh Clays. If you’ve got the time and are in the area definitely go check out their stations.

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A friend showed me his modification he made to his PPS magazines. He found the 7 round magazines to be too long and obnoxious so he sanded them down. Good idea.

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Here’s my PPS with a Streamlight TLR-4 I dug up. Been looking for a weapon light that fits this small rail. This seemed to work great. A bit bulky but a great combo.

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I started to make stone inlay rings. This one is made out of brass. I want to try to see how the inlay will hold up to gold plating. Sometime I’ll get around to that.

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My brother and dad made this cider press. It’s a terrible picture but it uses a car bottle jack, that is terribly crooked in this picture. Simon and I used it to quickly press around 25 gallons of cider for him to make hard cider out of.

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I am finishing up two more of the wood planters right now. This is one I curved the top of on the lathe. I’ll post pictures of a lot of the recent wood working I’ve done once I get some pictures taken this weekend.

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July 8, 2014

I was going to write a little rant about this controversy concerning the 19-year old cheerleader who posted hunting photos but I don’t think there’s much of a point. I think anyone that knows me knows exactly how I feel. It upsets me so much to read some of the comments people are writing. I assume those same people are against people hunting deer too! If you eat meat then you shouldn’t knock hunting. If you only knew where your meat comes from. That’s all I want to say.

Enough with these useless tools!

Another amazing video from Carnik Con

Sorry I haven’t been posting much. I’ve been busy doing some wood work, actual work, moving, traveling, and enjoying the weather. I will try to write more soon.

This is where I was this past weekend. I will forever dream of this place:

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June 5, 2014

Recently, as in a week ago, there has been a little drama between Colion Noir and Robert Farago. It frustrates me to read and watch this. The two of them are at the top in the gun blogging community. Why do you guys have to fight? You both know each other are doing great things for the gun world. Great, Farago wrote his opinion about the show. Ignore it if you don’t like what he has said about your show. Or learn from his criticisms. Maybe you do have some things you should change about the show. I’m sure Farago just wants your show to do well. We have enough people against us right now, let’s stop arguing among ourselves and put that energy towards something good for the community.

But I do want to see that challenge!

Sincerely,

Your Internet Mom

“Fight nice you two”

On a lighter note, check out this fun little piece of technology that arrived today. Can’t wait to shoot it!!photo

May 23, 2014

I haven’t posted anything in a while for a few reasons. The main reason is I have nothing worthwhile to write about so I don’t write anything. Also work and school have been keeping me busy. But I thought I’d post some pictures of a fews thing I made for people. I have been turning wood for pen handles.

I made the first pen and base for my dad. I made the pen handle out of an exotic wood. The base is made out of a piece of drift wood my dad collected out of the lake near him. He had no idea why he was shipping me a piece of drift wood! The little arms that hold the pen are made out of polished brass. photo 1 (1) photo 2 (1)

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The second pen and base I made was for my mother for Mother’s Day. I used a stained birdseye maple for the handle. The base is made out of square brass stock that I polished and milled a little pocket for the pen to lay in. If I made another I’d like to CNC engrave a message on the brass base. I think next I’m going to make a few more for my grandparents.

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If you already follow me on Twitter or Instagram then these are all old news. I’m sure no one was really wondering what I’ve been up to but I thought I should probably post something half way interesting. Recently I’ve become fed up with blogs these days and haven’t been paying much attention to what’s going on out there. I’m sick of reading misinformed information about firearms. And that new NOIR show. I just don’t get what all the raving is about.

“Higher” Education

I’m finishing up my degree in criminal justice right now and have become very frustrated with higher education. First off let me say that what I’m going to say obviously doesn’t apply to all colleges out there. I have been to 3 different schools over my college career but what I’ll say doesn’t go for all schools once again.

Over the years I’ve noticed that a lot of professors think they are experts on topics they clearly aren’t. I feel they act like this just because they are professors and feel the students are soaking up everything they say. I think they view their students as their sponges and they want to push their ways on them. I’ve had classes where I’ve learned literally nothing except little things like obedience. I feel sometimes the professor just wants to teach you to obey them. I’m a senior in criminal justice, I don’t need to learn what the Sixth Amendment is about, again. 

What annoys me the most is when the professors act as if they know a lot about firearms yet the information coming out of their mouth is completely wrong. No, you can in fact work the bolt of a terribly loose Carcano fast. If you know nothing about firearms, don’t tell me “facts” about them. I go to a school where the students know very little about firearms other than that they are evil. They’ve never given the opportunity to learn a lot about firearms. Some are even very interested in firearms which is great to see. 

I notice this so much at the current school I go to. Recently I got into a discussion about the firearm that was supposedly used to kill President JFK. I actually started laughing at one point in the conversation just because I couldn’t believe they were so adamant about arguing yet knew nothing about the topic. Apparently, according to people in my class, a Carcano can only hold 4 rounds. Not everything you read on the internet is correct believe it or not!

I really think professors need to open their eyes and realize that their students could know more about a topic than them! Crazy I know. You have no idea who is out there in your audience. And please don’t bring your political views to class. That’s not why I’m paying you. 

Overall, I really have lost faith in higher education. But I guess I lost that a long time ago. 

A Few Recent Projects

I started making these little plant shelves for people. They mount perpendicular to the wall using some of what I like to call “key hole mounts”.

This will be the third plant shelf (not sure what to call them) I’ve made. I made this one slightly different because it was small enough (6″ x 6″) to fit on our lathe. The lathe allows me to machine some creative curves.

Below you can see the incline slowly taking shape:photo 1Then I moved to the outer parts and made them decline. Here’s a picture of the decline slowly being cut:

photo 2 Above you can see that the piece will have a slow decline. It almost looks like it’s drooping. I slowly increased this angle on the lathe. Below you can see the final shape:photo 4

After shaping the top on the lathe, I cut the angles on the bottom with the mill:

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Here’s the piece after sanding with 220 grit sand paper, the final sanding (I added a PMAG to the photo to give you a size comparison):

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Next I applied a few coats of tung oil:

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I put five coats of oil on it. I used steel wool in between each coat. Next I need a cup for the plant to go into it. For this we will 3D print the cup.

Here’s one shelf I just hung:

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My other project that recently started is making wood handles for pens. I thought they could be fun little gifts for people. My dad’s birthday is coming up so I thought I’d make him a pen. Then I remembered he collects drift wood from the lake near him. So somehow I had him ship me a piece of drift wood. First I had to make the pen. I used a piece of exotic wood called ziricote. Then I bought the hardware for the pen. Next I had to turn the wood down to certain specs. Here’s the finished pen:

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The wood is a bit boring but it has some great lines in person. Next I made a base or stand. I cut a part off of the drift wood and made the cut side the bottom. This way you will never see the cut side. Then I cut the holes out for the support posts that hold the pen up. Next I machined the posts out of a piece of brass stock. I machined the top of the brass with a ball end mill for the pen to rest in. Then I cut the pieces to a certain length so the pen sits level. Next I polished and glued the brass into the base. Lastly we laser engraved “Happy Birthday Dad” on the back of it. I contemplated putting a few coats of polyurethane on the base but I think I like it raw. Here are a few pictures of the piece:photo 2

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June 20, 2014

I’m usually not one of those extreme right wing people who preaches about our rights being infringed but I got to thinking. I’ve thought about it before but I just started thinking more about how silly our 2nd Amendment rights are these days. Do we have pay to the government to publish our own writing? Does one have to pay a fee to speak to a crowd in public? No. So why the heck do I have to pay to get a pistol permit? Yes it takes resources from the government, which cost money, but when a police officer comes to a rally to just watch over and make sure everyone is safe I don’t have to pay for that. Well, indirectly I have to, through my taxes, but not directly.

And why do I have to pay for a permit to run a compressor in NYC. It’s all a scam. A scam to create jobs to useless people. Yes, I just called everyone in that part of the FDNY useless. Why do I have to be treated similar to a criminal just so I can run a compressor? Why are they rude to everyone that gets run through that place? I felt like saying “don’t be pissed at me. I don’t want to be here just as much as you!” Next I’ll have to register my compressor *smh*. I have more of a problem with the fact that this permit is literally just giving money to the FDNY. The person getting the permit learns nothing about how to safely operate the compressor. If you’re going to make me get a permit to run this compressor safely at least teach me about how to actually run it safely. Ban assault air compressors.

April 14, 2014

This weekend some friends and I came up to the farm to do a little shooting and hunting. We did a little squirrel hunting while home:

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And of course did a day of shooting:

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And the best of them all:

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Saturday night, around 10pm, just as we were about to head in from what we thought was an unsuccessful night, we spotted about 6 deer around 120 yards away. My spot light didn’t quite go that far but one of the guys managed to shoot one. We tracked it till around 12:30 am. I insisted that we wait for a bit to let it die. Otherwise we are just going to be chasing it all night. Well, we ended up tracking it for about 2 hours in a valley with a creek running through it. Finally I saw it when one of my friends shined a light at it. I told myself enough is enough. I shot it and it died immediately. I’ve never had to drag a full grown deer up a steep muddy hill before this. Remind me never to do that again. I’m still exhausted.

Enjoy the week everyone and watch out for Cuomo trying to confiscate your guns!

We Aren’t Jacking Deer!

Last weekend my brother and I went and did a little deer hunting at night. We have nuisance permits because the deer do some serious damage to our crops. These permits from the Department of Environmental Conservation allow us to spotlight deer up till 11pm. Most people are not aware that we have these permits.

Neighbors and others pass by and see a spot light beaming from a pick up truck scanning deer. This raises curiosity with these people. They immediately believe that we are illegally hunting deer at night. Occasionally we’ll have people stop and watch us from the roads. I have yet to have the police show up. The Department of Environmental Conservation is always in close contact with us about our deer problem. They have described the trails through our orchards as highways.

Back to why I’m writing. Simon and I had this pack of about 6 deer in a field but they were sitting on the field side of a hedgerow that borders a main road. There lies a problem. I can’t shoot towards the road and I can’t shoot from the road. So I decided to hang out about 200 yards from them and see what they would do. We own this driveway that we drove down and allow the owner of the house that it leads to to use the driveway to get to his house. As I was going down this driveway, that is about 500 or so yards long, Simon noticed a vehicle following us. Keep in mind it is 10:30 at night in the middle of no where. And this house at the end of the driveway was empty because the owner was away on work. This vehicle was following pretty close behind me so I immediately turned so he couldn’t block us in. Just in case this person wanted to pull some shenanigans on us. You really never know with the people in this area.

Simon immediately warned me to be careful of them trying to block us from leaving. I was driving a giant Dodge pickup and this car seemed to like a small SUV. Something told me that nothing was going to stop me from getting away from this person if something were to happen. I stop the truck and put my hand on my handgun, wait for the vehicle to stop and I hear the driver ask “can I help you?”. I reply “nope, we own this property you’re on”. Turns out he was just making sure nothing was happening to his neighbors house because we drove back there.

This little confrontation made us realize that we aren’t out there alone at night. We are always being watched. We’d get less attention if we were on foot but the deer aren’t scared of vehicles. This allows us to drive around the farm quickly too.