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Re: One month to go until PAL day.
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #925130 by Wronghat
Apr 24, 2016 6:23pm
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Well, the first three were sent to me to plant in state and the last was originally carved for an LTC. Thanks for the link!
Re: One month to go until PAL day.
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #925131 by StampingIsMyForte
Apr 24, 2016 6:33pm
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My, "How odd" wasn't meant as a judgement--I just thought it was bizarre that people's minds work so differently. Some people are called to letterboxing by the image--"Carve me, Carve me". I'm called by a place. I go by certain places and they call out to me demanding letterboxes--not every hotel, shop or park, mind you, but just certain, unique spots need a letterbox to celebrate their ambiance.
Re: One month to go until PAL day.
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Reply to: #925132 by Wronghat
Apr 24, 2016 6:57pm
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Was't meant as a judgement

I completley understand! :-) I didn't take it that way at all.
I agree, it's very strange how different people think!
Re: One month to go until PAL day.
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Reply to: #925132 by Wronghat
Apr 24, 2016 11:30pm
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I just thought it was bizarre that people's minds work so differently.

I'm often driven by the clue. I have an idea of how I want to present the information and then find a place that works. Like this one, for example:

http://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?boxId=121375

I had a couple dozen verses printed out that I carried around for six months till I found a location that had the right elements. The last thing is thinking of a stamp image that fits the theme.

K
Re: One month to go until PAL day.
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #925149 by Kelsung
Apr 25, 2016 7:00am
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Normally I'd pass on letterboxes with biblical titles--this one will be an exception.
Black carving material
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 26, 2016 6:14pm
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I found a box today planted in 2007 by Claudia and Alex. The carving material is black, thin, and very flexible. Anybody know what it might be.
Re: Black carving material
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Reply to: #925304 by Baqash
Apr 26, 2016 7:47pm
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The carving material is black, thin, and very flexible. Anybody know what it might be.

Mama Wolf's scraps from carving a flip flop?
Re: Black carving material
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #925310 by FORAYCH
Apr 26, 2016 8:26pm
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Ar ar Foraych. Too thin
Re: Black carving material
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #925304 by Baqash
Apr 26, 2016 8:29pm
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I once found a stamp carved into half of a hockey puck. It was black but not exactly thin or flexible.
Re: Black carving material
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #925304 by Baqash
Apr 26, 2016 9:50pm
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Is it a thin automotive gasket? My other guess would be a magnetic refrigerator magnet - those are tough to carve though ;)
Re: Black carving material
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Reply to: #925322 by FORAYCH
Apr 27, 2016 6:45am
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Automotive gasket is a possibility. Good thought Foraych.
Re: Black carving material
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Reply to: #925304 by Baqash
Apr 27, 2016 7:07am
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Re: Black carving material
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Reply to: #925304 by Baqash
Apr 27, 2016 11:12am
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No idea on the carving material, but thanks for the memories of finding their boxes. Theirs were among the first I found. That being said, nothing I ever found was in black material. Odd.
Re: Black carving material
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Reply to: #925304 by Baqash
Apr 27, 2016 12:52pm
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Maybe ask MamaWolf about that, because I have found one of hers that was quite large, on very thin material and flexible material. I don't know what it was, but held great detail. Almost like bike tire tube material.
Re: Black carving material
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Reply to: #925322 by FORAYCH
Apr 27, 2016 12:53pm
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I have black plumbing gasket at work. It's perfectly carvable, but dang near impossible to get an image on to.
Re: Black carving material
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #925337 by Nature Hikers
Apr 27, 2016 1:51pm
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It might be the material in the blog post. Easy cut linoleum. And then with age the lighter carved areas are black from inking.
Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 28, 2016 4:33pm
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Found a box today where the stamp went missing for awhile, and then someone threw in a random stamp not related to the theme. The logbook entries over the years tell the story. So... would you log it as a find, log it as an attempt and move on, or log an attempt and removed the box? The planter apparently is not active.

By the way, this is a good reason to make sure your letterbox logbook has a good impression of the stamp in the box, in case this happens. Otherwise people will have no idea they aren't getting the stamp you put in there.
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #925426 by Trailhead Tessie
Apr 28, 2016 4:53pm
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this is a good reason to make sure your letterbox logbook has a good impression of the stamp in the box

Another reason is so that finders know which way the image goes... found a stamp recently, have no idea what it is or what the orientation should be... no arrow on the back of the stamp, no image in the logbook... so it is a random, although interesting, stamp image that may or may not be upside down in my logbook.

I agree with you though... I have carved a couple of replacement stamps for abandoned boxes missing their stamps using the image that had been stamped in the front of the logbook.
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
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Reply to: #925426 by Trailhead Tessie
Apr 28, 2016 5:40pm
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Personally I'd call it a find.
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
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Reply to: #925426 by Trailhead Tessie
Apr 28, 2016 5:59pm
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and then someone threw in a random stamp

Maybe the someone was the planter.
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #925426 by Trailhead Tessie
Apr 28, 2016 6:17pm
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I wouldn't call it a find, but what do I know?
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #925436 by SherlockMiles
Apr 28, 2016 7:25pm
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I would call it a find. There is a box, a stamp (related to the theme or not), a log book. It's still a letterbox. I have found boxes where the original stamp seemed pretty random.
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #925454 by Boxer Lover47
Apr 28, 2016 7:34pm
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I found one the other day that should have been a soldier but the stamp was an open letterbox
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
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Reply to: #925441 by Wronghat
Apr 28, 2016 7:46pm
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Maybe the someone was the planter.

I don't think so. It was nothing like the originally in design or style. I know there are finders who carry stamps around and throw them into boxes that have lost their stamp. I had a report of my box found all ripped apart and the stamp missing and the finder said she reassembled the box and put a new stamp in. I retired the box. I've checked on old boxes that I've found previously and discovered people had carved new stamps for the box that were nothing like the original, and it wasn't the planter.
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #925457 by Trailhead Tessie
Apr 28, 2016 7:58pm
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Or maybe the original planter didn't want to recarve the original but did want finders to have something so just stuck a lesser work in as a replacement. Who knows?
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #925426 by Trailhead Tessie
Apr 28, 2016 8:41pm
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If you're pretty sure it's not the original stamp, you could log the box as an attempt, but create a listing for the current stamp. I forgot the word for these, but know someone/s will supply it.
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
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Reply to: #925429 by SpringChick
Apr 28, 2016 11:45pm
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I have carved a couple of replacement stamps for abandoned boxes missing their stamps...

Really? The owner better be long gone, because if he's still around I suspect he'd be upset! Why would you do this, though? Why don't you just pull the box and maybe plant a new box?
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #925426 by Trailhead Tessie
Apr 28, 2016 11:47pm
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How about this: It's a find, but it's not a find of that box because you didn't find the stamp for that box. It should be an unlisted find; give it the name of that box followed by "replacement stamp".
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
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Reply to: #925463 by zinni
Apr 29, 2016 1:28am
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If you're pretty sure it's not the original stamp, you could log the box as an attempt

I think we're following clues to hunt down letterboxes. If you can ink up a stamp from within the letterbox at the end of the clues, you should be good for a find for the letterbox. Pressing the image into your logbook and your trail stamp into the box logbook were originally meant to be conformation of a successful hunt. Letterboxing seems to have morphed into a more stamp centric hobby. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate a great stamp, whether it's finding one or being fortunate enough to plant one from a fantastic carver, but that is the delicious icing on the cake (though it can take a letterbox to another level of satisfaction).
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
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Reply to: #925469 by Kirbert
Apr 29, 2016 3:34am
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The owner better be long gone, because if he's still around I suspect he'd be upset! Why would you do this, though? Why don't you just pull the box and maybe plant a new box?

In one case it was one of the very first boxes planted in West Michigan... letterboxing was just getting off the ground here and very few people had found the box yet. At the time -- this was way before AQ when we still chatted on the LbNA Yahoo group -- there was a consensus that people would like the box preserved if possible. The owner was from out-of-state and not planning to be back; he gave his okay for me to carve a replacement stamp. He didn't have the image though -- the original stamp was not carved, rather made with some kind of lead beading on a piece of wood.

Another situation that comes to mind was a box that I had adopted from one of the very early letterboxers in Michigan who had stopped boxing. It was a popular box in a fun spot. As the adopter, the box was my responsibility -- had it been my box, I would have replaced the stamp, so I did the same for the adopted box.

In both of these cases, there was some history involved that was worth preserving.

SpringChick