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Re: Uggg.... Bad news
Board: The Grateful Letterboxers!
Reply to: #619499 by SWiGS
Jul 7, 2011 9:43pm
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Oh, bummer! But the good news is, you'll be here tomorrow!!! :-)
Re: WOM Clues
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619567 by Maiden
Jul 7, 2011 9:44pm
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As I sit here in the full throws of pneumonia, I come upon this and went from complete misery to utter glee.

We're here to help! Get well soon, Dear Maiden!!
Re: WOM Clues
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619569 by wassamatta u
Jul 7, 2011 10:00pm
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Yes, Maiden please get better - pneumonia be gone!!!

Wassa, I have not solved it - but will certainly put energy into doing so now! As for your challenge - I hope you solve that one as it seems a doozy that needs some attention!!!

Jeff
Carving Small Details
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Jul 7, 2011 10:04pm
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I carved my first signature stamp on an eraser. It is doing what erasers do; flakes off a little bit each time I ink it.

I recarved my signature stamp last night. I used the white material from Stampeaz. It seemed a little more difficult to carve, but only slightly. I have had difficulty carving small details, especially inner parts of letters. I've even got needles for carving. I'm nearsighted, so I just take off my glasses for close work.

Will a magnifying glass help that much?

How much of an improvement is the #0 gouge? What about the others from Stampeaz?

Any other hints for the inner part of letters?
Re: Giant Hogweed Flower?
Board: Miscellaneous Oddities
Reply to: #619455 by Raven
Jul 7, 2011 10:22pm
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We have it all over in the PNW. We saw lots of it yesterday while hiking along the south coast in Washington.
Re: Carving Small Details
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #619571 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jul 7, 2011 10:25pm
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I use a very good magnifier and light combo (Ott Light) and a reversed 1v Staedtler, which allows me to make some decent lettering, probably down to 9 or 10 point pretty clearly. The magnification allows me to see the image's light or dark edges more distinctly and the reversed 1v allows me to put the cutting tip right where I want it. I carve holding the stamp in my hand and turning it while my gouge is perpendicular to the material with only a slight degree of angle off from straight up and down (thus leaving a very small amount of the cutting edge touching the rubber). Different letters have me focus on different approaches to removing the inner material - a triangle of a capital A is approached differently than a circle inside an O. You will need to find your own favorite way of tackling each one, but this is where practice and patience come in. Hope this helps some. Jeff
Re: i am BRAND new...question?
Board: Region: Midwest
Reply to: #619574 by System
Jul 8, 2011 1:42am
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Hi! Welcome to letterboxing!

I see you're starting off right by looking things up and carving your own stamp. Good for you! We've got a good group here who are always willing to answer questions, especially on the stupid questions board.

About hitchhikers: here is a link to the glossary entry - page "h". about halfway down is hitchhikers, and there are several links there that will take you to more info on them.

I'd recommend reading the whole glossary; you'll learn a lot, and it's also entertaining. You'll find the glossary, the code of conduct, and the help boards by hovering your mouse over the "home" button on the menu.

Romana
Re: Carving Small Details
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #619571 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jul 8, 2011 2:07am
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I also take off my glasses for close work, and I can tell you for sure, a mag/light combo makes a huge difference. You won't believe how much more you can see.
Re: Carving Small Details
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #619571 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jul 8, 2011 4:28am
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Maybe this will help.

Medic

PS...since creating that post, he has added a mini steadler and a reverse steadler, both available at Stampeaze.
Re: i am BRAND new...question?
Board: Region: Midwest
Reply to: #619574 by System
Jul 8, 2011 4:54am
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You of course don't have to take a hitchhiker just because it is in the letterbox.

If you do you are agreeing to leave it in another letterbox. When you get to the other letterbox, you stamp the hh into that boxes logbook. You also stamp the box stamp into the hh logbook.

They are supposed to be small so they can fit into other boxes. Taking a large one can be a challenge to leave somewhere else as a result of the size. It shouldn't be left in a box that it doesn't really fit in the first place.
Re: i am BRAND new...question?
Board: Region: Midwest
Reply to: #619574 by System
Jul 8, 2011 5:00am
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Hi, You are close to me. I'm sending you an AQ mail with some info.
Welcome!
roly-polies
Re: length
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #619198 by musicnote101
Jul 8, 2011 5:00am
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I guess it depends on where you're planting. I have a series of 5 boxes planted on a one-mile loop in a park. The loop takes you into a wooded area where the trails twist and turn and criss cross so much you feel like you're in a maze. Planting 5 boxes there works.

But I also have a series of 16 boxes spread across 17 miles of trail. It's a "Rails to Trails" trail that's heavily traveled. The boxes had to be spread out in order to find really good hiding places.

I've found a 10 box series on a 6 mile trail and a 20 box series on a one mile loop. To me, it all depends on the terrain and the series.

Florida Sunsets
Re: A sign you Tweet too much.
Board: Funny Pages
Reply to: #619528 by speedsquare
Jul 8, 2011 5:22am
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I'd have to agree with you there, speedsquare! After reading the entire article, I'm not sure I can buy the amnesia defense either. Hopefully this student DID learn a lesson. Yikes. Scary stuff!

ASL Girl
Purchasing a bike for letterboxing
Board: Yakking It Up
Jul 8, 2011 6:04am
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Does anyone have any experience with bikes and letterboxing? I'd like to buy a bike but I'm not sure which type would be the best. My first guess is a mountain bike for hitting trails but I don't want to limit myself. There are some really nice "peddle friendly" letterboxes that I can get to by taking the road.

Any experience and advice?
Tri-Colored Paws
Never wake a sleeping baby
Board: Postals
Jul 8, 2011 6:21am
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My sleepy dragon has come home from the Phee McFaddell ring. I would like to fill up this logbook before I create a new one and turn him into a traditional.

I am asking for speedy turn around time (less than the normal 5-7 days) so I can get him back before winter.

http://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?gTrackerId=5589

Please read the tracker for additional notes.

WiseMama
Re: Carving Small Details
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #619571 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jul 8, 2011 6:34am
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I carve with an X-acto knife and I get very good detail. I use a lighted magnifying glass and I couldn't carve without it. The difference is astounding and I highly recommend it.
Book tracker, anyone?
Board: Postals
Jul 8, 2011 6:44am
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Is anyone interested in participating in an altered book tracker? I haven't created one yet but am itching to and think it would be great to launch the books in November, or perhaps the beginning of the year. We could then plant our books at local libraries or book stores :)
Who's in?
-Di
Re: poison ivy wipes.
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #617830 by Kirbert
Jul 8, 2011 6:51am
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How would you ever know how effective they are? I tromp over poison ivy all the time and rarely come up with a rash, primarily because I stomp on the plants rather than push through them

Well I do the same thing. The urushiol oil residue can remain on your boots or clothing for a while. The wipes aren't used until after you've had a "run-in" with said suspicious plant. I used to "hop" over the plants. My daughter watched me do this and begain doing the same thing on a scout hiking trip ~ hopping over ALL the green plants in the middle of the trail. LOL, so silly. Now she just looks for leaves of 3.

I know Stinkerbell carries Poison Ivy soap and bathes in it at the end of the day. She's had some success with this, but it never helps when you actually sit on urushiol ;)
Re: i am BRAND new...question?
Board: Region: Midwest
Reply to: #619574 by System
Jul 8, 2011 7:15am
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Welcome!

The hitchhiker question seems to have been answered. But I just wanted to wecome you to the hobby. I started this with my daughters, since they love both treasuring hunting/following clues, and they love stamps. Now I'm into it much more for ME. : )

Hope you have a sucessful weekend. But remember, even if you might come up short, enjoy the hunt and know that it happens to everyone now and then.
Re: Book tracker, anyone?
Board: Postals
Reply to: #619590 by Sarcasmo
Jul 8, 2011 7:17am
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I might be!

x'ingpaths
Re: While Team MudCupStar went south playin'
Board: State: Maine
Reply to: #619481 by WiseMama
Jul 8, 2011 7:18am
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I SO agree!!!
Re: Book tracker, anyone?
Board: Postals
Reply to: #619590 by Sarcasmo
Jul 8, 2011 7:20am
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That sounds like such a cool idea. would like to know more details on how that works. How do you keep the librarians from finding the book and not throwing them out? Is that something that would need prior permission from the library?
Re: WOM Clues
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619489 by Baqash
Jul 8, 2011 7:20am
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"It's behind the sign that says 'DANGER cliff' "

Shiloh
Re: Book tracker, anyone?
Board: Postals
Reply to: #619597 by Sea Maid
Jul 8, 2011 7:22am
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You should get permission. Librarians are definately aware of what goes on in their libraries .
Re: new to this hobby
Board: New Members' Board
Reply to: #619307 by Green Tortuga
Jul 8, 2011 7:23am
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Some people like magnificent stamps while some people love Star Trek.

Those aren't mutually exclusive. I've seen some magnificent Star Trek stamps! ;)

TG
Re: Never wake a sleeping baby
Board: Postals
Reply to: #619588 by WiseMama
Jul 8, 2011 7:25am
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Waaa he's already full :(
Texas Art Educators Association.
Board: Event News and Planning
Jul 8, 2011 7:26am
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TAEA is having their 50th anniversary conference in Galveston. Are there any letterboxers going to that event and does anyone plan to do any boxing while in Galveston? You have to be a member of TAEA to go to the conference, but Im sure some of us have gotten into boxing. I cant possibly be the only one! It's being held in October or November in Galveston.
Re: WOM Clues
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #619489 by Baqash
Jul 8, 2011 7:26am
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I've gotten something similar -- someone asking for how to decrypt an encrypted clue. They asked me and everyone who had logged it. They didn't have any finds for any of my other boxes (which you would need in order to decrypt the clue).

[._.]
Re: My Goof Up Was A Winner
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #619443 by Baqash
Jul 8, 2011 7:29am
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Print a draft on your paper so you can see where it prints. Then tape a piece of baking parchment

This is the same thing I do when using packing tape. Print it then tape over it. You don't need to go buy parchment paper just use clear packing tape. This is the same method as using the backing sheet from lables or using the clear over head projector transparancies. FYI

Shiloh
Re: My Goof Up Was A Winner
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #619423 by Beach Bum TX
Jul 8, 2011 7:30am
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So you used the stamp cleaner and toner?

Shiloh