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Msg: 801721
Kirbert Subject: Gouge Modification Photos
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Author: KirbertProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 12:16 AM
P-501F-735M-13525Premium
I have posted a couple of photos of the K gouge:

http://www.atlasquest.com/gallery/viewalbum.html?gAlbumId=3810

I intend to add more photos to this gallery. I'll post notes to this board when I do.
Msg: 801722
Subject: Stampin Up Carving kit
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Author: Housepitality HostessProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 12:25 AM
P-735F-589M-75Premium
Since I'm not typically one to read on these message boards, forgive me if this subject has already been discussed BUT ...I just want to comment about Stampin Ups carving set that I tried out a couple days ago. First, no I don't sell Stampin Up. ;). So what I'm going to say is NOT based on trying to boost any sales. Secondly, though the starter kit only comes with 2 blades--I LOVE THE HANDLES! They're comfortable to grip, strong enough to last and I LOVE the fact that there's no blade exchanging--Ughhh. Thirdly, though the small blade is not as small as I typically use (a Kirbert modified tiny v), it was a great size for getting some details--and very sharp! Fourthly, since I've been informed that Staedtler sets are no longer for sale (correct me gently if I'm wrong ;), the Stampin Up set is MUCH BETTER THAN those annoying handle screw in blade set alternative sets my friends have been forced to try to carve with, at the hobby stores. I hate them! Lastly, with permission from my newbie carving friend, sheet me carve into the GRAY STUFF included in the kit! I LOVE IT! It was firm enough, did NOT CRUMBLE and was flexible but not breaking or splitting when bent! Unlike the NASTY PINK stuff, in the shelves now in my area.

All this being said--I AM BUYING MY OWN SET of carvers and MORE GRAY STUFF at my next card club! :-D
Msg: 801723
Granny Hummingbird Subject: "RAIN"
Board: Garden Gnomes
Author: Granny HummingbirdProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 2:24 AM
P-8F-7M-138Inactive > 1 year
YES!!!!! It's Raining!!!! Oh I hope it keeps raining all day. A nice slow rain that soaks into the ground. Boy can we use it. The ground here is as hard as a rock and cracked. Some of my plants have been drooping. They need a big drink of water.

GH
Msg: 801724
BBStacker Subject: Re: STAZON INK! :-D
Board: Off Topic, Wildly
Author: BBStackerProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 4:26 AM
P-164F-2484M-2016Premium
Reply to: Msg 801720 by Housepitality Hostess
I saw your Stazon "stacks" at the last event we attended and commented that I thought that was a great idea. Think I'll bookmark this post and take action on my own Stazon pads following your example soon.
Msg: 801725
BBStacker Subject: Re: Newbie
Board: New Members' Board
Author: BBStackerProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 4:36 AM
P-164F-2484M-2016Premium
Reply to: Msg 801719 by Housepitality Hostess
Hey shoreline - welcome to the craziness. You asked what's next? Go find some boxes. Find some easy ones, find some hard ones, find some ugly ones (there really aren't any - well, yes there are), find some gorgeous ones (there's lots) just find some boxes to really understand what a letterbox is all about. When you aren't finding do what HH said - read. So much good stuff on this site.
Msg: 801726
FloridaFour Subject: Re: STAZON INK! :-D
Board: Off Topic, Wildly
Author: FloridaFourProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 4:56 AM
P-73F-694M-6318
Reply to: Msg 801720 by Housepitality Hostess
I love the idea of putting the dots inside the lids. I dont really use my staz on much, because of that reason. I use Versafine because it also is permanent. But I will use that tip for him..

I'm not sure what you meant about sticking them together... you actually stick four ink pads together? Interesting.....
Msg: 801727
FloridaFour Subject: Re: Stampin Up Carving kit
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Author: FloridaFourProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 5:06 AM
P-73F-694M-6318
Reply to: Msg 801722 by Housepitality Hostess
Good review, thanks. I'm definitely interested in the grey stuff, if they would make larger blocks for discount prices. Just tried carving a detailed stamp on pink, and it was a disaster. We can still get Staedtlers on Stampeaz. I just bought a modified and regular. And Kirbert's been showing the K gouge for a few weeks. But I'm not sure how many are left of the regular Staedtlers. Maybe none, at this point.

For Speedball users, I recommend the really inexpensive pen holder that Stampeaz sells. It's like $1.50 or something. You can easily stick the tips in, and it is easier to hold than the big bulb-shaped thing.
Msg: 801728
Subject: Re: Newbie
Board: New Members' Board
Author: Angel WinksProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 5:37 AM
P-417F-5786M-688Profile UpdatedPremium
Reply to: Msg 801717 by System
Yes, welcome!

To begin, I would first suggest that you FIND at least 20 letterboxes before you begin to carve or plant. That will give you a feel for the variety of carving styles and also, hopefully, good ideas for where to plant.

I know when I first began I immediately wanted to plant and I had a couple of spots I thought would be perfect. But another boxer suggested I find a few first and I'm so glad she did. I would NEVER plant in the spots which were my initial instinct.

And, letterboxers like different things. Some love to carve, some love to plant, and some love to find the boxes. Not everyone loves all 3, and that is okay.

I hope you enjoy the hobby and introduce others to it.
Msg: 801729
Subject: Re: STAZON INK! :-D
Board: Off Topic, Wildly
Author: Angel WinksProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 5:42 AM
P-417F-5786M-688Profile UpdatedPremium
Reply to: Msg 801720 by Housepitality Hostess
HH,

Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful ideas. I have also seen your stacks and wondered how you did it. This is going to be my project for this upcoming week: to organize my ink pads more efficiently.

And I did not know about the reinkers...Hobby Lobby...with a coupon...wonderful.

Keep those helpful hints coming, please.
Msg: 801731
Spoiled Rotten Subject: Re: Drive-by Nightbox?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: Spoiled RottenProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 5:46 AM
P-185F-1731M-397
Reply to: Msg 801547 by The Lost Boys
Atlas Quest: International Letterboxing
I have never really found a night box... Only at an event. We don't have any in C-Bus Ohio. I have been trying to think of a way to do one and where i could even hide it at. All parks close at dark and dont allow you in. :( I don't know anyone with any land that I could ask. But I have heard of Glow in the dark push pins is the only thing I have come up with...
Msg: 801732
BBStacker Subject: Re: Comments on LBs
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: BBStackerProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 5:49 AM
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Reply to: Msg 801730 by Spoiled Rotten
I always say something. I feel the owner/planter deserves more than just a "found" comment. If there is a problem with the box such as a soggy logbook, misspelling, obvious mistakes that should not have been made I make the comment private so the owner can solve the issue without embarrassment. Otherwise I make the comment public if allowed by the owner. I do this with every single stamp I find whether a traditional, LTC, postal, cootie, flea, hitchhiker, whatever else.
Msg: 801733
RingoH Subject: Re: Comments on LBs
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: RingoHProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 5:52 AM
P-9F-168M-1063Inactive > 1 year
Reply to: Msg 801730 by Spoiled Rotten
I like to give detailed comments as much as possible..... part of why I am so far behind logging finds...
Msg: 801734
Subject: Re: Comments on LBs
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: Angel WinksProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 6:01 AM
P-417F-5786M-688Profile UpdatedPremium
Reply to: Msg 801730 by Spoiled Rotten
I almost always comment. Why? I just think it's a little nicer than only seeing the found report. I appreciate that the stamp was planted and I can take a quick moment to thank them and appreciate the location, stamp, clues, and so forth.

I will almost always let someone know if there is a full logbook, etc., and I will also try to remedy anything I can. That's why I carry mini-logbooks, paper towels, etc. I always appreciate others caring for my letterboxes, so I try to do the same. I let them know what I've done so if others have commented that a logbook is needed (and I've replaced it), then they can remove the maintenance icon.

I only make suggestions about the clues if it's truly needed. I would NEVER be critical of the plant. If I can't find the stamp or if I didn't enjoy the hunt (which rarely happens...), I clearly believe one should never be rude. My general rule of thumb is to show respect.

But, of course, that's just me. I appreciate the hobby and other letterboxers. I try to show that in my found reports.
Msg: 801735
turkey feathers Subject: Re: Comments on LBs
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: turkey feathersProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 6:15 AM
P-229F-1715M-2177
Reply to: Msg 801733 by RingoH
I like to give detailed comments as much as possible..... part of why I am so far behind logging finds...

And you type really slow : )

I try and comment on boxes I've found. I actually try and respond back to responses of boxes /hitchhikers of mine that are found too. Do you need to leave a comment ? No. But honestly if none is sent with a found box of mine I'm a little bummed. Especially if its a really neat spot and nice carve.
My .02
Msg: 801736
FloridaFour Subject: Re: Comments on LBs
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: FloridaFourProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 6:15 AM
P-73F-694M-6318
Reply to: Msg 801730 by Spoiled Rotten
I always comment on individual boxes and LTCs. Even if just a short note. And if the owner emails me back, I give them whatever details I can remember, if they need to know.

Sometimes at events, there is a long series of boxes. In this case, I make a general series comment, and if one or 2 boxes have a problem, I comment on those, naming them in my comment.
Msg: 801737
DM Scuba Brat Subject: Re: Comments on LBs
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: DM Scuba BratProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 6:17 AM
P-73F-446M-596Premium
Reply to: Msg 801730 by Spoiled Rotten
I try to always leave a comment, be it "cute carve!" Or "replaced the ziplock." I know I'd like to see comments on my plants (if anyone would ever find them!) so I leave comments. LB karma. :)
Msg: 801738
Don't Panic Subject: A question about the "Show Finds" on a mystery box
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Author: Don't PanicProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 6:17 AM
P-39F-1946M-1458Premium
There is a mystery box I am considering as my 1000 find. Why? You may ask, because it is less than 4 hours away from me, it has a location that I have wanted to get back to for awhile, and I have met the planter (and he is cool!)

When I click on the show finds button for this box it says "nope, sorry nothing here". Now because it is a mystery box I'm not quite sure what this means. Does it mean:

1. This box has never been found
2. This box has been found but the owner has blocked all finds from showing up
3. The World May Never Know...

Usually when I click on the show finds for a mystery box, I get a list of dates and "undisclosed"

It would be so cool to have this be my 1000 find and a first find all at once.
Msg: 801739
Don't Panic Subject: Re: Comments on LBs
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: Don't PanicProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 6:23 AM
P-39F-1946M-1458Premium
Reply to: Msg 801730 by Spoiled Rotten
Atlas Quest: International Letterboxing
When you find a traditional box or even a LTC do you leave a comment or not?

This brings up a good question. When leaving a comment on a Hitchhiker Hostel, do you leave a comment take a comment, or do you just leave a comment never to be heard again?
Msg: 801740
Cat-napurr Subject: Heading to Southern Missouri
Board: State: Missouri
Author: Cat-napurrProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 7:00 AM
P-6F-460M-24
I'm heading to southern Missouri the 3rd week of September. I have some letterbox searches planned. Anyone in the area interested in a meet-up? Or letterboxing together? This is a new area for me. I'll be staying near (not in) Branson.
Msg: 801741
Sheba Subject: Re: A question about the "Show Finds" on a mystery box
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Author: ShebaProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 7:18 AM
P-69F-1959M-2658
Reply to: Msg 801738 by Don't Panic
If the owner had blocked finds, you would not see the "show finds" button. So I'm going with Option 1.

Or possibly Option 4, "This box has been found but the finder did not record it."

But I"m rooting for Option 1 because yes, that WOULD be so cool!
Msg: 801743
CTEagleEye Subject: Re: Drive-by Nightbox?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: CTEagleEyeProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 7:29 AM
P-51F-760M-494
Reply to: Msg 801611 by Kirbert
They are nearly invisible in daylight, easily visible from 100+ feet at night.

Are these 4-D stealth firetacks the type you would recommend? Until I looked at these I was imagining some sort of glow in the dark material rather than a reflective tack. This seems like it would be safer b/c it wouldn't be illuminated unless a light was shined on it vs a glow in the dark that would be visible without a light to anyone who wandered by.

Peace
CTEE
Msg: 801744
scouttrekkie Subject: Re: A question about the "Show Finds" on a mystery box
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Author: scouttrekkieProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 7:31 AM
P-401F-3118M-2125Premium
Reply to: Msg 801741 by Sheba
That's what I would say too, option 1. You could be the FF. And if it happens to be opt 4 you can by the first to log it on AQ. Either way it sounds like a awesome 1000th box for ya, Don't Panic. Have fun finding it!
Msg: 801745
Red Bird Subject: An Optical Illusion would be fun to carve
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Author: Red BirdProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 7:33 AM
P-44F-705M-383
Msg: 801746
Subject: Re: Comments on LBs
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: Only DreamingProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 7:38 AM
P-10F-45M-323
Reply to: Msg 801730 by Spoiled Rotten
Atlas Quest: International Letterboxing
I always leave a comment. I enjoy it actually lol. I always like to see comments when one of my plants are found. I think most boxers do. Although I have seen before when the boxer doesn't allow comments to be posted..no comments at all. I like comments myself.
Msg: 801747
FloridaFour Subject: Re: Comments on LBs
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: FloridaFourProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 7:49 AM
P-73F-694M-6318
Reply to: Msg 801746 by Only Dreaming
One comment I enjoyed on a box of mine, was "saw an otter in the pond". When I see things like that.... I know I found an awesome hiding spot! I myself never saw an otter near my boxes, even on one that is called Otter Trail!

Whenever I see wildlife or enjoyed the view enough to take pictures, I try to comment on the beauty or interest of what I saw.
Msg: 801748
Tivoli West Subject: Re: Comments on LBs
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: Tivoli WestProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 7:50 AM
F-122M-40PremiumInactive > 1 month
Reply to: Msg 801730 by Spoiled Rotten
I usually leave a comment on AQ. Many times I feel rushed when stamping the logbooks and can't think of something witty to say. When I get back to the computer, I usually say something. If the box or logbook is damaged in a way that I cannot fix on the trail, I let the owner know. Recently, I let an owner know that their new logbook was damp and that I had replaced the baggie just in case they wanted to move it to a drier location or use additional protection of some kind. If the box is in good shape, I usually at least thank the person for planting the letterbox.
Msg: 801749
scouttrekkie Subject: Re: STAZON INK! :-D
Board: Off Topic, Wildly
Author: scouttrekkieProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 8:15 AM
P-401F-3118M-2125Premium
Reply to: Msg 801720 by Housepitality Hostess
Hi HH, Like your idea of the stick on lid covers. It sounds interesting. Are there pictures on AQ to see? I'm needing more ink, thanks for the tip. FF awesome pic of you and the friendly butterflies in your hair. That's too cool!
Msg: 801750
FloridaFour Subject: Re: STAZON INK! :-D
Board: Off Topic, Wildly
Author: FloridaFourProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 8:20 AM
P-73F-694M-6318
Reply to: Msg 801749 by scouttrekkie
Thanks, Scouttrekkie. I've been meaning to change my profile for a while. It's nice to see siggy stamps... but it's also nice to know who you're talking to!
Msg: 801751
Little Louie Subject: Re: MN State Fair Stamp on a Stick
Board: State: Minnesota
Author: Little LouieProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 8:22 AM
P-29F-1196M-146Inactive > 3 months
Reply to: Msg 800642 by Little Louie
We are going to the Fair today. I know you probably want it out there until tomorrow but if you want me to grab it late today, let me know.
Msg: 801752
Subject: Re: Comments on LBs
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Author: tiggermamaProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 1, 2013 8:42 AM
P-338F-6863M-6253Premium
Reply to: Msg 801730 by Spoiled Rotten
usually comment. if it's the 15th box of theirs i've found in a day, then i don't. especially if it's Wolfie's. Because, you know, her boxes. . .

~tigs
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