My favourite YouTube channels

The list was released as a “holiday gift guide” on my YouTube channel but since it’s a list of other recommended YouTube channels and not a list of stuff to try and get under the tree before Christmas morning, I figured it’d be fine to save this one for a little later on to post to the blog.

Anyway, here is a very condensed list of some YouTube channels that I really enjoy. Keep in mind this list is incredibly abbreviated as there are so many great people sharing what they do on Youtube. But, for a quick place to start, here are some you may have heard of and maybe some you’ve never seen before. Check them out and enjoy!

Trollsky: https://www.youtube.com/user/Trollskyy
Ekim Knives: https://www.youtube.com/user/EKIM1428
Walter Sorrells: https://www.youtube.com/user/slappybu…
NuManXplore: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClCh…
BlueDogGarage: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYSw…
Green Beetle: https://www.youtube.com/user/greenbee…
Jimmy Diresta: https://www.youtube.com/user/jimmydir…
Laura Kampf: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRix…
The King of Random – Grant Thompson: https://www.youtube.com/user/01032010814
Izzy Swan: https://www.youtube.com/user/rusticma…
NYC CNC: https://www.youtube.com/user/saunixcomp
Wranglerstar: https://www.youtube.com/user/wrangler…
Life in Farmland: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG3f…
Wilderness Outfitters: https://www.youtube.com/user/wilderne…
Hickok45: https://www.youtube.com/user/hickok45
Joe Robinet Bushcraft: https://www.youtube.com/user/josephal…
Sensible Prepper: https://www.youtube.com/user/Sensible…

Knife making in a cold shop in the winter

Smoke from the stove pipe is a good thing
Smoke from the stove pipe is a good thing

Winter is fully here in Southern Alberta and lately we’ve seen temps dip to below -20C (-4F). Put these cold temperatures with an uninsulated shipping container for a shop, and knife making just got a whole lot more challenging. Or maybe just slow. It typically takes about an hour of good stoke on the fire before it’s warm enough to start working in the knife shop. And when I say warm enough I’m talking about 10 degrees C and warmer. Any colder than that and it just is too hard on my hands. Maybe I’m getting a bit sensitive as I’m getting older but holding onto a piece of steel that’s just above freezing for any amount of time is just painful. After about 3 hours I can get that little shipping container to above 20C (68F) and that is just a fine temperature for making knives.

I recently had a custom knife ordered and the person who ordered it thought it would be cool to have a video made of their knife being made. Since they live in the Southern US, I thought it would be cool to show them the cold conditions that their knife started out in.

Knife Maker’s Sanding Block is now shipping!

Last week I posted a video on YouTube and the response was overwhelming. Since then I’ve been playing catch up on making these little sanding blocks, and I’m now getting to shipping them out to customers. I still have them on homesteadknives.com and they are set up to allow back order. Right now I’m 3 behind in production, but I’ll be cranking out about another 30 or so in the next week.

Thanks to everyone who ordered and they are on their way to you! Your support is sincerely appreciated.

Cheers!

Our YouTube channel reached 20K subs! That means there’s a giveaway!

Pretty stoked to reach this milestone over on the YouTube channel. Honestly I’ve been putting most of my social media focus on YouTube (and sadly at the expense of blogging here) but I suppose you can only do so much. I like the video communication, and so far it’s going fairly well.

Way back when I had about 2K subscribers, I announced a contest for a knife giveaway that would happen once I reach 20K subscribers. Well this past weekend we hit 20K and now the GAW is open. Check out the video for all the details.

Cheers!

No running of the bulls this year:(

Pretty bummed that we couldn’t watch the running of the bulls this year, even more bummed that they didn’t even do them. I believe this would have been the 13th year for the event. Oh well, at least the boys got to get their wild pony race in. This time, they almost got on! They had a much better run than they did on Friday evening. But, shortly after that, the rain came down and we were once again, making a mad dash for the mini van. Gotta love Alberta weather.

2016 Strathmore Heritage Days Stampede starts now!

Our favourite weekend of the year is here! So stoked for all the fun and activities and some good ole fashioned visiting with friends and family. We’ll be vlogging the weekend. A highlight for us this year will be the boys trying to get on a pony in the wild pony races. Here’s day one that came with the first attempt to ride. The boys did fairly well for their first attempt and and now they know what to expect, let’s hope night two gets them closer to riding a pony!

Preparing the pasture for the horses and cows

fencingThe little bottle-feeder cows we picked up a few months ago are really starting to fill out. We have completely weened them from the bottle and have been eating just hay for about a month now. With that being the case, it’s time to get them out to pasture.

A few weeks back our neighbour had rented a post pounder for a long weekend. He had  mentioned that he’d only need it for a day at the most and if we wanted to do any fencing, we were welcome to use it as part of the same rental. Sweet! The entire fence on the front of our property was in really rough shape (missing posts, most of wire gone) and we also wanted to get some cross fencing done so we can use our land to feed some of our animals.

The horses are really loving all the open space they now have
The horses are really loving all the open space they now have

So I helped my neighbour with his fence  posts and he, along with my father-in-law, helped put in the fence posts for all of the fencing that we had wanted to do. That was a few weeks maybe even a month ago.

Fast forward to last week: time to finish off the fence. Part of the process was simply stringing and stretching the wire and part of it was to install two gates that we were given and were trying to re-use. Gates are expensive and when someone is just throwing them out; it seems a shame to just let them get tossed. I’ve had this sitting our land for about a year, and it’s great to actually have them put to use.

Lately we’ve had a whole lot of rain here (5 inches in just over a week) and that made for some boggy conditions for fencing. With the quad it wasn’t too bad, but with the bobcat, that things was getting stuck like crazy. Especially with the post auger installed. I ended up having to get quite creative with how I installed the first gate. Working alone usually leads to some interesting/hill-billy solutions.

Getting creative with machines, slings and come-alongs. The joys of working alone...
Getting creative with machines, slings and come-alongs. The joys of working alone…

But, after a concentrated effort last week (I was shocked it took the better part of a week) it’s great to have the cows and horses running around and grazing in the newly fenced pasture.

Here’s a little video from our YouTube channel about it. Cheers!

We’re having a giveaway!

Want a chance to win a handmade bushcraft knife? We have a contest going over on our YouTube channel where you can! Simply subscribe to the channel, live in North America (we wanted to keep shipping options as simple as possible for our first give away) and we’ll make the draw in May 9, 2016. Sweet deal! Check out the video below for the full details.

You could win this knife!
You could win this knife!

Good luck!

Twins!

Yesterday morning we woke up to the awesome surprise of two freshly born baby goats. Twins! Both boys and both really healthy and really cute. I never realized how tiny goats are when they are born. And, working with our baby cows so much lately makes these little goats seam almost miniature.

They look different but are indeed twins.
They look different but are indeed twins.
A brown kid with super tiny ears.
A brown kid with super tiny ears.
A white/blonde kid with super floppy ears.
A white/blonde kid with super floppy ears.

Now I think it’s time to go get some baby pyjamas. Cause that’s a thing you do with baby goats:)