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Welcome to the Dead Horses, Lemurs, and Kittens--oh my! boar
Board: Dead Horses, Lemurs, and Kittens!
Dec 8, 2005 1:49pm
This is where old threads go to die. If you're wondering about the name of the board, check out these glossary entries:

http://www.atlasquest.com/aboutlb/glossary/l.html#deadLemurs
http://www.atlasquest.com/aboutlb/glossary/k.html

Happy trails!

-- Ryan
Letterboxing vs. Geocaching
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Dec 8, 2005 1:58pm
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Would you believe that these two hobbies are integrally linked together?

Have at it...
Inner vs Outer...
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Dec 8, 2005 1:58pm
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baggies?
Off trail or on trail?
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Dec 8, 2005 2:00pm
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Off or on??? Which is best?
Store bought vs hand-carved stamps?
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Dec 8, 2005 2:02pm
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Store bought vs hand-carved stamps?
How do you clean a stamp?
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Dec 8, 2005 2:03pm
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To babywipe or not to babywipe, that is the question?

Scented vs unscented and the life expectancy of a stamp that has been cleaned in this manner...
Dye-based vs pigment...
Board: Dead Horses, Lemurs, and Kittens!
Dec 8, 2005 2:05pm
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inks?

Continuing along the same thread, stamp pads...include 'em or not?
Media &...
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Dec 8, 2005 2:06pm
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letterboxing. Yes? No?
Logging: common courtesy or rightwing conspiracy?
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Dec 8, 2005 2:09pm
ok you said dead lemurs.
Re: How do you clean a stamp?
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Reply to: #12811 by daelphinus
Dec 8, 2005 2:20pm
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I learned to "Blot" stamps in the back of my logbook. Craftymouse takes excellent care of her stamps, and has various ways to clean them. I like the Blot in the Back method. It also leaves a cool mosaic of various images. Kinda cool.

-WINK
Re: Media &...
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Reply to: #12813 by daelphinus
Dec 8, 2005 2:21pm
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Both. Depends on what's said, and how it comes off.

-WINK
Re: Dye-based vs pigment...
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Reply to: #12812 by daelphinus
Dec 8, 2005 2:22pm
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Include. Important, but not always possible to do so though........

-WINK
Re: Store bought vs hand-carved stamps?
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Reply to: #12810 by daelphinus
Dec 8, 2005 2:23pm
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Hand carved. You don't like to at first, but ya get better. Hand carved stamps are part of what makes this great :)

-WINK
Re: Off trail or on trail?
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Reply to: #12809 by daelphinus
Dec 8, 2005 2:24pm
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Just off. Easy access, yet not in the main stream. Just easy enough to get to without a problem, yet not able to fall on it.

-WINK
Re: Inner vs Outer...
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Reply to: #12808 by daelphinus
Dec 8, 2005 2:25pm
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Inner mostly, but why not both. *shrug*

-WINK
Re: Letterboxing vs. Geocaching
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Reply to: #12807 by daelphinus
Dec 8, 2005 2:27pm
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Not a geocahe fan, but that is just me. I have seen too much distruction. Done properly, both are good, but Letterboxers in general are more calm about things.

-WINK
Postals
Board: Dead Horses, Lemurs, and Kittens!
Dec 8, 2005 3:24pm
To ring or not to ring.

And, is it real letterboxing?
Re: Store bought vs hand-carved stamps?
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Reply to: #12818 by WINK
Dec 8, 2005 3:26pm
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At the risk of being publicly stoned, my personal stamp is store-bought. I wanted a great image of a hawk to go along with my trail name, and the best stamp I could hand-carve would slightly resemble an amorphous blob.

...and Shadowblob just doesn't cut the mustard. ;)
Re: Store bought vs hand-carved stamps?
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Reply to: #12829 by Shadowhawk
Dec 8, 2005 3:29pm
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"...and Shadowblob just doesn't cut the mustard. ;)"


I'm trying very hard not to be offended.

My personal stamp is of a shadowy blob cutting mustard.

y-nought
Re: Store bought vs hand-carved stamps?
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Reply to: #12830 by y nought
Dec 8, 2005 3:30pm
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How exactly does one cut mustard?
Ryan being a goober
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Dec 8, 2005 3:43pm
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Is he really? Can we prove it?

What exactly are the requirements for goober-osity?

-Celtic Quinn
Re: Ryan being a goober
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Reply to: #12834 by Celtic Quinn
Dec 8, 2005 3:51pm
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Like Goober guide-lines?

-WINK
Re: Dye-based vs pigment...
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Reply to: #12812 by daelphinus
Dec 8, 2005 5:19pm
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Pigment ink - always! I actually found a set of PIGMENT INK Le Plume/Marvy-type dual tip markers . Expensive, but that's what Santa is giving me this year ;-)

I always include a pigment ink stamp in every permanent letterbox I plant. I have found that the inkdot and catseye size pigment ink pads are getting harder to find in "real life", so I keep a "watch" on eBay for them. I score quite well on eBay for those.

Warrior Woman
Re: Store bought vs hand-carved stamps?
Board: Dead Horses, Lemurs, and Kittens!
Reply to: #12829 by Shadowhawk
Dec 8, 2005 5:35pm
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Shadowhawk - you won't be publicly stoned. My personal stamp is store-bought, too (see my profile). Five years ago, when I started letterboxing, I didn't know how to carve. I didn't even know what my personal stamp would look like - I just walked into a great stamp store and let the stamps "talk to me". My sig stamp practically leaped off the shelf at me. I am still using the same exact stamp five years later. I will never change it - it is now my "identity". The actual stamp itself was discontinued, but the owner of the stamp shop used to use my sig stamp in her demos, so she gave me the demo stamp as a backup.

About a year ago, Ryan was looking to do an intricate bit of carving, and he actually carved my sig stamp image! I use that stamp for event exchanges only (my precioussssssss).

My first boxes were planted with store bought stamps, but as my carving skills got better (not great, just better), I started using my own carved stamps. And I'm working on a long-term project to carve stamps to replace the store-bought stamps in my earlier boxes. I can't believe that I have permanent boxes that have been out there for almost five *years*!

Warrior Woman
Re: Store bought vs hand-carved stamps?
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Reply to: #12849 by Warrior Woman
Dec 8, 2005 6:22pm
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Thanks for the vote of confidence! For a signature stamp, I'd rather have one that I identify with (or that identifies me) than a lesser-quality hand carved stamp. However, if I were to ever plant a box, I would probably make an effort to hand carve a stamp in that case. I understand that for most finders, finding a "just-ok" hand carved stamp is preferable to a high-quality store-bought one.
On another note, I am well aware of your beautiful sig stamp. There aren't too many boxes here in RI that I've found where you haven't already stamped in before me!
Re: Store bought vs hand-carved stamps?
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Reply to: #12856 by Shadowhawk
Dec 8, 2005 6:54pm
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I'll tell ya what......
I have carved some absolute CRUD. I'm talking garbage, but after a few, you get the hang of it, and it's fun :) My father uses a store bought as his personal one. What ever you choose to use, is the correct answer. This is a fun thing, and do what makes you feel good about it, and yourself :)

-WINK
Re: Store bought vs hand-carved stamps?
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Reply to: #12831 by Shadowhawk
Dec 8, 2005 7:15pm
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Quote How exactly does one cut mustard?


i am sitting on both hands to keep myself from typing a snarky remark here (GRINNING)

typing is harder with one's nose.
Re: Store bought vs hand-carved stamps?
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Reply to: #12810 by daelphinus
Dec 8, 2005 7:21pm
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personaly, and not to be shunned....if your sig stamp is a store bought thats fine. if its what you like, good for you and thats great! but when it comes to finding a box, I like one with a hand carved. now i'm not saying it has to be wonderful. but to me, in a box, the worst hand carved is better than any store bought.
but thats just my opinion and by all means, if i find a box and it has a store bought, i would never email the placer and say anything negitive. sometimes the clue and the spot make up for it.
:)
-CCL
Definitive and ultimate answers to letterboxing life
Board: Dead Horses, Lemurs, and Kittens!
Dec 8, 2005 8:20pm
Letterboxing(see Funny Pages, Golden Groover. It is the only reason to use ammo cans)

Inner

Off

Handcarved

Why Clean , it just gets dirty again?

Whatever

No Media

Rightwing thank goodness

Fortunately I have an advantage over any other person reading flames or participating in them, I get to go out to the clays range and blow little orange disks out of the sky. When ever I read something really dumb, I just think "Pull!"

Don
Re: How do you clean a stamp?
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Reply to: #12895 by daelphinus
Dec 9, 2005 8:01pm
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Quote After 'huffing' on the stamp, I gently blot it on my well-worn (and beyond flannel-falling-apart-stage-denim-so-as-to-not-damage-the-stamp) jeans to remove excess ink...


sarcasm alert



Oops, I forgot to mention...

I brush regularly...
either Toms of Maine peppermint or that cool 'fizz in your mouth' Aquafresh Empowermint ;)

So the debate is rather not between scented, unscented babywipes,
or paper towel with water with which to clean the resident stamp but rather...

halitosis vs regular brushing
natural toothpaste vs chemical additives
scented vs unscented?

Or should we just leave the stamp untouched so it forever stamps 'black' (considering the spectrum of colors people use on the stamp eventually blending to a soothing tone on tone of black) in our books? So this leads us back to the original question...

how do you clean a stamp?