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    12 Hours Ago
    I do an invisible lock stitch to use the remainder of the whipping twins when I am done. I just push the needle through at a 45 degrees angle away from the eye. Once it is out I insert the need roughly between the strands that the twins is exiting from, but on another 45 degree angle away from the eye. As you pull it tight it pops into the outer sheath and disappears.
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    5 Days Ago
    That's pretty cool. I don't think I have mentioned it but my missus was a professional dancer for about 9 years and for the last 7 years was the artistic director of a dance company in London before we moved over to Norway. In 1999 we had only been together about a year and she auditioned for a company called De la Guarda. She made it through about 3 auditions and was offered a job with them. They did all that aerial stuff. She was buzzing but it was an 18 month contract touring all over the world. I was pretty adamant at the time I didn't want a long distance relationship. She ended up not accepting the offer. If she had I dare say I wouldn't be with her or where we are in life right now. https://youtu.be/FoupCi9e9yQ It was a pretty cool show though.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    biggun replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    It went for 401 GBP. My mate was pretty pleased.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    biggun replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Yes just search for ... wicked excited about the akimbo
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    3 Weeks Ago
    biggun replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Thanks for the detailed reply. I can only comment from my own experiences and draw upon similar circumstances read online from other users. As for the locking up issue, all the ones sent to the UK seemed to have been done up to different levels, only a turn of the centre connection loosens it up. When my Akimbo first locked up i ended up dismantling the whole thing to clean it and it worked fine... the second time I soaked in soapy water dried and then lubricated it and it has been fine since. TBH though I haven't used it enough since then. I have read and seen similar videos posted by users in the US on the Akimbo face book page. Sterling HTP 11mm was the only rope I managed to get it working to a standard I was comfortable with. My Cougar blue was well worn so I didn't have much hope for that one. My Cougar Orange was pretty new and clean. I initially managed to set the Akimbo on that line but it became difficult to operate with the slightest change in humidity. In the end it was either locked or freefall. No feathering the device to control descent. Sometimes I would have to break the top arm with both hands. The HTP worked really well. Had it climbing, ascending and descending how I would have expected, and similar to review and video clips I have seen of others setup. I kept that rope pretty clean and only used the combo on dry days. One day I turned up to finish rigging and descent sized Ash. I got up to about 60 foot, sat my weight into the system and slowly started to descend. No rhyme or reason to it. I weigh 87 in my pants so about 90 in full ppe, maybe a bit more. The different cams and springs were comments picked up from Jaime. He sent myself and Ben Rose alternate springs to try and that helped a little. There was also a different shaped cam in there and Ben tried that one out. As for different cams in the prototypes to the prerelease, maybe it wasn't a direct change of shape but the anodising certainly changed the characteristics of the cam and therefore how it reacted to the rope. This again was information from Jaime. The beautiful engineering comment was regarding the centre pivot point when moving and opened it looks slightly different and looks like the holes are a tad off. At first I attributed that to be contributing factor to trouble opening and the sticking issues. I haven't had one of the prototypes in hand so maybe the comment shouldn't have been made. Although there was so much buzz about the device through the forums and Facebook, that there a plenty of high def pics to zoom in on. I have mentioned similar feedback to Jaime and so has Ben. I think it is a great design but still need a bit of refinement but it will be a great product. I also think that feedback, good and bad is needed, in order for the product to reach its full potential. Man, I was about the 10th person to crowd fund the project. I have faith in this product otherwise I wouldn't have donated. These are just my experiences, as I said earlier.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    biggun replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Dave, my problem with the Akimbo is the need to adjust it. Yes it can be customised for different ropes. It just isn't consistent enough. I got it working great on the 11mm htp and loved it then one day it just wouldn't hold me up. That was it... I have spent enough time and energy trying to get it to work I can't be bothered anymore. I think the main thing with the Akimbo were the initial prototypes were working well and people first experiences of the device were great. The device we were sent out had different cams, springs and wasn't so beautifully engineered. Mine and a number of others have just locked in place for no reason. Turned out to be grime and a good clean out sorted it but for that to happen whilst trying to change over in the tree or locking up when working would just be a royal pain in the arse. It is a great device and concept, it just need more work before it should re readily available. I did get 60m or Samson Voyager 12mm to try it on but I have had a chance to climb on it yet. If that is still a no go then it will be for sale.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    biggun replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Man, that Akimbo went for silly money. I have been thinking the same with mine. I dont think I have climbed on it for months.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Basically, in the UK chippers and plant go missing with or without trackers. If the scrotes want it they will find a way. That is why they are good at what they do. Some of the tales I have heard beggars belief. From guys pulling up at a job, hopping out to see if the address is correct, and turning around to get signs and comes to see their entire rig driving off up the road... to complete yards being done over, 100's of K's worth of kit stolen and equipment damage. I figured, with my old truck as it wasn't sign written and had a roll deck in the back... it was best to leave kit in overnight and not be in and out every evening. Too obvious and someone would see. I left it in most nights and never had a problem. Saying that though when I sold it. The dude who bought it had the tailgate smashed open looking for tools within a couple of weeks. He did have another sign written vehicle on his drive though.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    I remember when I started. Either on the ground or in in the tree, as soon as I started a power saw I would sweat buckets. Not to do with the physical exertion but more the mental. Once you get comfortable with your equipment and techniques and to trust yourself it will get easier.
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    08-12-2017
    biggun replied to a thread Floyd vs McGregor in The Rec Room
    I know Cory. There was respect there but I will give him the benefit of the doubt. Probably so hyped on adrenalin, from the win. It was more an interview I heard afterwards. Spong broke his leg about 3 weekends after Silva did. It was just the contrast of how the two carried on immediately after the incident, that I found remarkable. Spong has now had to go to pro boxing, probably for the money, but I reckon that happening to you would have a serious psychological effect on the old noggin. It would take a long time to be able to clatter those kicks in, full wack. Bare shin to bare shin.
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    08-12-2017
    biggun replied to a thread Floyd vs McGregor in The Rec Room
    I think that is what pisses me off the most about the antics of the pressers and the weigh ins. The lack of respect. As a quick example... Anderson Silva was fighting Chris Weidman (Sp) for some wight class UFC title. The brazilian kicked Weidman and his tib and fib broke on impact with Weidman's knee. Anderson fell down screaming and Weidman ran around the ring cheers and chanting and in his post fight interview he was boasting how he had planned it all along and it was meant to break his shin. BS, it was a freak accident, but one that could have meant the complete loss of the limb. In Contrast... Dutch Thai/Kickboxer Tyrone Spong fought in a bout against Gokhan Saki in Glory 15, a high level kickboxing organisation. Spong threw a Thai style round kick, Saki blocked it and the Dutchman's leg broke on impact. Before he hit the deck, Saki was almost cradling him to the floor to reduce impact and was screaming over to get medics and alert people to the problem. That is respect for you IMO. Some fellas in MMA seem to have lost that level of respect. Although the mouth does tend to sell the fight better.
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    08-12-2017
    biggun replied to a thread Floyd vs McGregor in The Rec Room
    I wonder if they even paid Ice Cube yet? His basketball league allegedly had the venue booked for the same evening.
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    08-12-2017
    biggun replied to a thread Floyd vs McGregor in The Rec Room
    I did laugh but there was also a bit of a cringe in there as well. (I can't find an emoticon with a Charlie Brown style mouth)
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    08-12-2017
    biggun replied to a thread Floyd vs McGregor in The Rec Room
    Boxed a bit when I was a young boy, as well as a bit of Karate. I have been practicing Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) since 1994. Although I have never fought under boxing rules I have spared and trained quite a lot of times - sans kicks, knees and elbows. I always get frustrated when I box, or even spar K1 (Thai boxing without knees) for that matter. I get shoved into a corner and immediately want to grab them and try and knee the shit out of them. As Stig pointed out, Conor will be hampered by a distinct set of rules but you never know, he has the power. Would be funny as fuk though, if Conor got flustered and resorted to what he does very well.
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    08-12-2017
    biggun replied to a thread Floyd vs McGregor in The Rec Room
    I have mixed feelings on this one. I love boxing and even though people bash Mayweather for running and being boring, he has the sweet science mastered. The art of hitting and not getting hit. I love MMA and think Mcbigmouth has a lot of talent. Just wish he would keep his mouth shut. If he kept his gob shut i would be rooting for him more. Some of those pressers they did were farcical. But he is a showman, a talented one at that. I previously thought that Conor wouldn't land a punch on Mayweather. I have watched a couple of the video clips of the sparring with Maglinaggi. ex World champ put on his arse by a boxer who has had no pro fight. Now i am not so sure who will win. Nah, take that back... they will both be winners and have the dollars to show for it.
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    08-06-2017
    biggun replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    I loved NM. Did you ever make it to Acoma Pueblo? It was an awesome experience up on the Mesa. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acoma_Pueblo
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  • biggun's Avatar
    07-21-2017
    Thanks. I read a review and it said it was a bit bouncy. The cougars are pretty low stretch. I'll give the Samson a spin when I have spliced an eye in it. Hopefully I will finally get the Akimbo working on something.
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    07-21-2017
    biggun replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Nice video that last one. Was that a ganga farm? haha...
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    07-21-2017
    I just got 60m of Samson Voyager 11.7. A bit off topic as I got it in the UK and not from Baileys but it is a samson rope. Anyone used it? Yet to try it out but supposed to be a decent rope for SRT. It has a lot to live upto in my mind as the Cougar family of ropes are pretty much unbeatable for SRT IME.
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  • biggun's Avatar
    07-20-2017
    I use that cut most of the time on large laterals that i was to leave the cut flat and not grab or pinch the saw. Quicker for me and no need to notch it unless i want a bit of direction.
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    07-20-2017
    Am I being a bit dense here? but isnt the direction of fall in the diagram above the wrong way round.? I.e. the direction of fall is towards the point of the triangle not the red bit marked notch. I haven't seen the Dent book or much US Literature apart from Jerry's book.
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    07-19-2017
    Great picture. Shame about the subject. Hang in there Stephen.
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    07-19-2017
    Keep safe mate and good luck.
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    07-18-2017
    I use these safety specs. I get them in from treestuff whenever I get a larger order. http://www.treestuff.com/store/catalog.asp?category_id=293&item=1650
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    07-16-2017
    Mick, I had never seen of it before and it essentially is a version of a cut I have used for years. My version is just an undercut like Brian (I think ) mentioned. At an angle on the compression side de first then the side closest to you the. Form the triangle from the top. Fast. It just pops off. They called this the V cut. I googled and this came up. http://arbtalk.co.uk/forum/attachments/training-education/83761d1325856620-vee-cut-husq-v-cut.pdf
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  • biggun's Avatar
    07-16-2017
    That type in of cut is now taught in the uk. I did something me refresher training last year as an obligation to a certain contract. They showed us it but only on skinny heavy head learners which are too narrow to do a bore and release of dogs tooth as they call it over here. Seems to work and the tree falls slowly. You didn't even need to remove the wedge, just two diagonal cut with the intersection pointing towards the direction of fall.
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  • biggun's Avatar
    07-15-2017
    Thanks for posting the clips Rico. I know it's hard with the tall ones but vertical video is a tough one for me. Much prefer the clips in landscape. Keep up the good work though.
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