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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cracking Black Walnuts

A few weeks ago, I collected some Black Walnuts. Black Walnuts are a tough nut to crack and you can't do it with a traditional nut cracker.

I take a brick and hammer to open them up. Some videos I see on cracking walnuts, they crack it from the top and use a wire snip to free the walnut. This is great if you want whole walnuts but it takes alot of time.

Personally, I am more concerned about speed so I don't mind getting a chopped nut end result. I crack the nut from the side for faster results. You want to gently tap the shell until it cracks and then extract the nut.

After I crack all the walnuts, I rinse them three times in the kitchen sink. I finish them by placing them in the dehydrator at 105°F.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Acorn Whistle - One Handed

In my last video, I showed how to make a two handed acorn whistle. Today, we're going to explore how to create a one handed whistle. The one handed whistle is slightly more difficult to master then the two handed version, but with a little practice, you will pick it up.

Again, I like the bigger size acorn caps like the chestnut oak acorn. To create the whistle, you wedge the acorn facing up in the webbing between your index and middle finger. Place your lips on the second knuckle of your index and middle fingers. You blow across the slight gap between your index and middle finger just like a whistle to produce the noise.

I found that the main problem is that most people leave too large of a gap between their fingers.

These make a great emergency whistle. To produce a distress signal, blow three blasts on the whistle to signal for help.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Two Handed Acorn Whistle

In an emergency situation of being lost, the ability to make a loud noise is invaluable. Today, I will show you how to make a two handed acorn whistle. It's also a fun thing to learn for you or a kid.

I like the bigger acorn caps. I demonstrate the acorn whistle in this video with a chestnut oak acorn.

Watch the video for the setup and performance.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Heaven 6 - Practice with Eskrima

Heaven 6 is an extreme fun two man form to practice. The rhythm of it is meditative.

In this video, we are practicing an escrima coordination drill call Heaven 4.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Abecedario 4 / Open 4 - Practice with Eskrima

The Eskrima is one of my favorite weapons to practice. The training methods are fun and interesting, but extremely practical. Unlike most weapons training that involve most individual training, the eskrima is based on partner training. I love it!

In this video, we are practicing an escrima coordination drill call Abecedario 4 or Open 4.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dying a Basket with a natural Black Walnut Dye

Just something new, I wanted to try really quick. I was cleaning some walnuts and knew that they make a dye. I dripped a basket into the water to see what would happen. Check out the video and see the results.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Preparing and Drying Black Walnuts

After collecting the black walnuts, there is still a few steps to prepare them for eating and extracting the nut. The first step is to remove the outer husk. Wear gloves for this step because the husk will stain your hands. Use your thumbs to press in and split the husk off of the nut. The husks are poisonous to other plants so dispose of away from your plants and do not put it into your compose.

Once the husk is removed, place them into your sink and rinse with water. Once the sink is full, start to agitate the nuts together to remove the excess husk off the shells.

The last step is the drying phase. I placed the nuts on my drying rack and let them cure for at least 2 weeks.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My Simple Kale Chip Recipe

My daughter gave me some extra kale so I decided to make it into kale chips using my dehydrator.

2 Bunches Kale
3 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Sea Salt

First, destem the kale leaves and cut or tear them into bite size chips. Put kale piece into a large mixing bowl. Add Olive Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Salt. Mix until the kale chips are well coated. Lay the kale chips in dehydrator in one layer. Set the dehydrator to 135° F. Let dehydrate until the kale is completely dry and crisp.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Collecting and Preparing Hickory Nuts

It's time to collect some hickory nuts. Collecting hickory nuts is as simple as finding a tree and picking them up off the ground.

The hickory tree has compound leaves. The tree in the video is a Shagbark Hickory because it's compound with five leaves. The Shellbark Hickory has 7 compound leaves.

The hickory nut is very easy to identify because the husk has four sections to it. The husk needs to be removed.

To prepare them, you start with a visual inspection. Look for holes and cracks and check the weight. These are indicators that an insect has bored into the nut.

After separating out the bad ones, I lay them out on a drying rack and let them cure for 2 weeks.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Corn Husk Basket Weaving Part 3 - Finishing the Sides

Part Three of my Corn Husk Basket Weaving Project. I found this design on Check my video out.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Corn Husk Basket Weaving Part 2 - Pair Weaving the Base

My second video is my Corn Husk Basket Weaving Project. I found this design on Check my video out.
Music by Kevin MacLeod (
Pitx - See You Later

Friday, October 4, 2013

Corn Husk Basket Weaving Part 1 - Preparing the Spokes

My project today is to make a Native American Corn Husk Basket. I found this design on Check my video out.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Wild Grape Harvest

I am out harvesting the wild grapes that I found the other week. These are definitely a cultivated variety because of the size. I am collecting some to make grape fruit leather with.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Collecting and Gathering Dark Green Bulrush for Basket Weaving

I am outside today to harvest some Bulrush. Stay tuned to see what I do with it.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

How to Make a Grapevine Survival Basket

This video shows how to make a grapevine basket.

Baskets are extremely important for skill situations because it can be used to collect materials and food, storage of items, and even used as fish traps.

Watch the video and see how it is done.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Wild Grapes or Culitivated?

I was walking my dogs the other day and found some wild grape vines. The size of the grapes was much larger than wild ones.

The vine is located outside of an abandoned house. I believe that these are a cultivated grape variety and were planted here at one time.

This is a great resource! I can't wait to come back and harvest these later.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Wild Blackberry Fruit Leather Sun Dried

Today, I taking some blackberries I picked and making a primitive fruit leather out of it.

First step is to crush the blackberries up by squeezing all the juice out of them. Then, take the crushed berries and run them through a get the seeds out. Cover the fruit leather in a dish and place in the sun.

If I did this again, I would boil it down to speed up the sun drying.

Enjoy and see you next time.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Wild Blackberry Picking

Here's another video on wild edibles. Today, I am picking blackberries. When picking Blackberries remember to change your angle alot and look under the branches so you find the hidden ones.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Making New Orleans Style Coffee with Wild Chicory Root

How to make New Orleans Style Coffee with Wild Chicory Root

In my last videos, I show you how to identify Chicory,, and roast and grind Chicory, This video uses my ground Chicory to make a delicious beverage called New Orleans Style Coffee.

Since the Chicory is caffeine free it reduces the total amount of caffeine in your coffee. It also cuts some of the coffee bitterness adding an almost toffee-like sweetness.

To make our New Orleans Style Coffee, add 1 part of chicory for each two parts of your regular coffee blend. In the video, I am using a double scoop so I fill the coffee maker with 6 cups of water and add 2 scoops of coffee with 1 scoop of Ground Chicory. Brew as you normally would for regular coffee.

Pour in a mug and enjoy!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Grinding and Roasting Chicory

Chicory, with their ragged sailor blue flowers, makes an excellent beverage that you can add to your regular coffee or drank alone as a delicious coffee substitute. Ground Chicory is caffeine free so it brings the total caffeine down when added to your regular coffee. Chicory added to coffee makes it darker but it impairs a mild, less bitter taste of pleasant caramel to the brew.

After picking or should I call it pulling the chicory taproot out, I soak them in a bowl of water to get most of the loose dirt off. Don't peel the roots like carrots because you lose alot of the good stuff instead scrub them with a potatoes brush to get the rest of the dirt off of them. Keep scrubbing until you see the whiteness of the taproot.

Next, peel the roots into smaller pieces and put them on a cooking sheet. Roast the roots at 350° for about 2 hrs or until it's dark and looks roasted.

Finally, use a coffee grinder to grind the roasted root into fine coffee ground. These grounds can be added to your regular coffee or brewed into a caffeine free beverage.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Wild Edible - Chicory

Here it is the Ragged Sailor better known as Chicory. To identify, look for the blue flowers. The tap root can be roasted into a great caffeine free coffee substitute or my favorite is adding to to my regular coffee. It's very common and found it waste areas and roadsides.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

How to make a natural wood log planter using Wood Burning Technique - DIY

I played around with a Native American Wood Burning Bowl Making Technique to make a planter for my wife using cherry wood.

The steps to the wood burning bowl method.

First, I cut a section the bark off the top of the wood. You can cake mud around the edge to make sure it doesn't burn.

Second, to start the burning, you place hot coals on the wood. You can use a straw to gently blow on the coals but don't let it start a fire because that could crack the piece.

Third, Dump the coals out of the bowl and scrap the charred wood out. Repeat steps two and third until the bowl is formed.

Finally, I chipped the edges with a chisel and you can sand until smooth.

I drilled holes to the bottom to drain water.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Summer Wild Raspberry Picking

Who says that you can't find wild edibles right around the home! I found that a great place to look is the transition areas with a break of trees. Today, I am picking wild raspberries.

You may ask yourself, "How to I find time to pick wild edibles?" Well, the answer is to make it part of your normal routine. For example, I like to pick some while I walk my dogs.

Even if you pick only a handful a day, you are on your way to a more healthy and natural lifestyle. You can always scale up your activity in a emergency situation.

In this video, I am picking Black capped Wild Raspberries. You can easily identify these by the round white powdered thorn stem and the berries.

I wear long pants for raspberry picking because of the torns and the fact that they tend to be in areas with thorny wild roses.

Happy Berry Picking!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Setting up and drying fruit on a Cattail Mat

Here's a quick set up of my cattail mat for sun drying fruit.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

How to Make a Woven Cattail Mat

Today, I show you how to make a woven cattail mat that I am going to use for sun drying wild cherries. Steps to weaving a cattail mat 1. Trim the bottom portion of the cattails 2. Use an Over Under weaving to create the mat 3. Attach the frame by taking ends around dowels and tucking the ends into the weave. Watch the video for all the great details!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Exciting Find! - The Mazzard / Wild Sweet Cherry Tree

Look what I found while picking sour cherries... It's the mazzard wild sweet cherry. The cherries on this tree where huge and the color was the napoleon style of cream color with a red blush.

Since filming this video, I have found many additional wild sweet cherries mostly dark red cherries. The Mazzard cherry tree is similar to the sour cherry tree with the main different being the reddish-brown bark.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Wild Sour Cherry Picking

I am outside today picking wild sour cherries, Prunus cerasus. These sour pie cherries are ready to pick before the black sweet cherries. In this video, I show you how to identify them.

All wild cherries love the transition areas from woods to a field so look for them on the side of the road and woods next to a farm field.

The leaves are simple sawtooth ovate or oval leaves that are larger at the top. The cherry grows in whorled clusters unlike the choke and black cherry which grow in clusters that resemble grapes. The bark is grey with fairly smooth with horizontal furrows. The grey bark distinguishes the sour cherry from the mazzard cherry tree which has a red-brown look to it.

Cherry trees in the wild tend to be very tall so it's handy to carry a long hooked branch that you can use to hook and pull down the branches to reach the hard to reach cherries.

Monday, August 5, 2013

How to Find Wild Edible - Asparagus

In this video, I am on the hunt for the Wild Asparagus. Watch the video and learn how to find them in your hometown.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

How to Create a Tripod with Bamboo and Dogbane Indian Hemp Cordage

I was interested in creating an all natural trellis for my garden. I found some bamboo and decided to use it to make a tripod along with my Dogbane Hemp twine. The best part about this project is everything was free.

This video demonstrates the tripod lashing necessary to complete the project.

Friday, July 26, 2013

My Favorite Wild Edible Wild Onion / Garlic

I am outside today and I want to show you one of my favorite wild edibles, the wild onion.

To identify the wild onion...
First, look for it having a bulb. Second, it should smell like onion. Finally, look for a hollow leaf.

The poisionous look alike called the Star of Bethlehem has a flattened grass like leaf and doesn't smell like onion.

You can use them for a variety of purposes. I like to add them to my morning omelet or soup. I use the stems just like green onions.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Making Homemade Fresh Garlic Powder

I made a terrific discovery today. I found that the garlic I branded and hung in the basement dried completely. It's so dry that it looks like someone put it into a dehydrator.

You can take the pieces and it crumbles in your fingers. Watch the video and see how it's done.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

How to Make a Rockman Sling - Release Cord (Part 3/3)

This is the third video in a three part series that shows how to make a rock sling with twine. I've been making natural cordage and I wanted to do a project that used the cordage.

A great project for primitive living is a sling that you can use as a weapon or for hunting. I am going to show you how to make a rockman sling in this video using Jutte twine for the cords and dogbane hemp twine for the basket or pouch.

This third video demonstrates how to make the release cord for the sling.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

How to Make a Rockman Sling - Basket Pouch (Part 2/3)

This is the second video in a three part series that shows how to make a rock sling with twine. I've been making natural cordage and I wanted to do a project that used the cordage.

A great project for primitive living is a sling that you can use as a weapon or for hunting. I am going to show you how to make a rockman sling in this video using Jutte twine for the cords and dogbane hemp twine for the basket or pouch.

In this second part, I demonstrates how to make the basket or pouch of the sling.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

How to Make a Rockman Sling - Finger Loop and Down Cord (Part 1/3)

This is the first video in a three part series that shows how to make a rock sling with twine. I've been making natural cordage and I wanted to do a project that used the cordage.

A great project for primitive living is a sling that you can use as a weapon or for hunting. I am going to show you how to make a rockman sling in this video using Jutte twine for the cords and dogbane hemp twine for the basket or pouch.

This first video demonstrates how to make the finger loop and down cord for the sling.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Doubling Dogbane Indian Hemp Cordage (Part 3/3)

If you want something a little thicker and stronger, you can reverse wrap again. In the last video, I showed the reverse wrap of cordage. We said to roll the top strands forward or clockwise then bottom one would wrap counter clockwise.

This time we are going to reverse the process. We need to do this in order to tighten the twist that we already made. Take the bottom strand and twist towards you counter clockwise and then wrap the top clockwise.

This cordage can be used for a variety of purposes like a bow string, fishing line, fishing nets, etc. I've used it for a tripod lashing for a tripod in our garden and repair the laces in a moccasin that broke.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

How to make natural Dogbane Indian Hemp Cordage (Part 2/3)

To make the cordage, you need to buff the bark off of the fibers. This can be easily be done by rolling the strand on you leg. The outer bark breaks and flakes off leaving you with the fibers remaining.

After buffing the fibers, you are ready to start creating the cordage. The basic twining method demonstrated here is called the reverse wrap method.

The reverse twist starts with kinking the strand in a half by twisting in a clockwise direction with you right hand. This forms a loop.

Next, you start your reverse rolling by grabbing the top stain and twisting it away from you or clockwise then grabbing the bottom string and wrap it counter clockwise until the bottom strand is on the top. The process continues until you have a rope.

You can make it longer cord by splicing in additional strands.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Collecting and Preparing Dogbane Indian Hemp for Cordage (Part 1/3)

I made a really cool discovery in my backyard. I just found a plant called dogbane or indian hemp. It's great for making cordage. The dogbane can be identified by the deep red woody stalks and the slender pods that contain downy like seeds.

To prepare the Indian Hemp to make cordage.
First, crush the stem into four sections. Then, pull it apart into the four sections and line up flat. Pull the fibers back over index finder then break the woody stems into sections and remove from the fibers.

Once you get the long ribbon of fiber, the fibers need to be buffed. You buff them by rolling them on your leg. This will break away the red bark and leave you with the fibers

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Women's Self Defense against a Rear Bear Hug

I had a request for a video showing how to defend yourself against a bear hug from behind. This video demonstrates a rear bear hug defense - FAST Defense style.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Origami Newspaper Pot

The Gardening Season has begun and this video shows you how to get it started cheaply. In this video, I show a practical piece of origami - Origami Newspaper Gardening Pot.

I saw some instructions on how to make Newspaper seed starter pots. Most of them show a pot with ugly rabbit ears and too big for seed starting trays.

My pot is the perfect size to start your vegetables in a tray and it's neater without the funny rabbit ears. Watch the video to see how...

Friday, April 26, 2013

Maximum Impact Karate - FAST Cats Bully Defense Seminar

Bullying has become a hot topic in our schools and community. That's why I want to tell you a little about our FAST C.A.T.S (Children's Assertiveness Training Series) program created by Bill Kipp and we are part of the FAST Defense network which was voted the Best Self Defense Program in the Industry by Black Belt Magazine.

We understand as teachers and administrators at school and parents at home that you can't keep your eye on your kids all of the time. These times are when your child is susceptible to bullying.

Our Bully Defense Seminars empowers your child to assertively communicate to bullies and handle situations on their own. Our seminars teach interactive scenarios to the students so that they communicate properly to the bullies.

If you're a parent worried about your child getting bullied at school or school, boy/ girl scout troup, or church group, please contact us at 215-249-3532 to find out more information.

Here's a little flash of our Bully Defense Seminar that we teach here at the school.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Portable Beer Can Solar Heater DYI

Here's my newest project/ experiment. It's called the beer can solar heater. I originally saw this project on a Facebook Fan Page on Homesteading. Most of them are big outdoor units and I didn't want to make the money commitment to make a large unit.

So, what I did was made a smaller, portable unit just to see how well it works before possibly expanding on it into a bigger unit.

The Beer Can Solar Heater uses beer or soda cans that are painted black and arranged in pillars that creates upward convection. These pillars are placed in a closed black manifold and a clear front for the sunlight to enter.

The results were pretty good. The temperature within the manifold gets to 110° to 130° F.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Side Kick Drill - Tossing a Shield Kicking Drill

A Facebook friend of mine that owns a karate school showed this drill on his page. The drill looked cool so I taught it to my students.

The drill works on your timing and ensures that you're performing a proper side kick. You know how many students side kicks look like round kicks. Well, if the kicking shield flies to the side instead of back to your partner, you know that your performing the side kick incorrect.

It's a great drill and gives you valuable feedback.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Self Defense for Kid - What a kid should do if they are lifted up by a C...

One of our YouTube viewers had a question on what a child should do if they are lifted up in the air. When a kid is lifted up, we teach a bicycle kick. The idea is to hit the abductor in the groin. Another thing to keep in mind, along with the lower kicks we teach eye strikes with their hands at the same time they'd be shouting for help.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Shrimp Pad Thai

This shrimp pad thai is a great side dish or make a double batch for a main entree.

1 pkg Rice Noodles (6 oz)
4 tbsp packed Light Brown Sugar
3 tbsp Fish Sauce
1 1/2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
2 tbsp Canola Oil
3 cloves Garlic, chopped
3/4 lb raw peeled and deveined Shrimp
3 Eggs
1 can Bean Sprouts (16 oz)
1 cup Sliced Scallion
1/3 cup chopped roasted unsalted peanuts, plus more for garish (optional)
1 lime cut into wedges
Fresh cilantro

Soak noodles in water for 30 minutes, Drain and set aside.

Mix brown sugar, fish sauce, vinegar, and cayenne in a small bowl, set aside. Heat oil in wok or large non-skillet on medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Add Shrimp, saute 2 minutes, flipping once. Move garlic and shrimp to side of pan. Add noodles and 1/2 cup water. Stir noodles for 3 to 4 minutes until the water is absorbed. Pour the fish sauce-brown sugar mixture and stir, combining shrimp and noodles. Push noodles to side. Add egg and scramble in pan, then mix with noodles mixture. Repeat with remaining 2 eggs, making a well each time. Stir in bean sprouts, scallion, and peanuts. Add cilantro and squirt of lime. Serve immediately garnished with lime wedge.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Lion Crazy Boxing Tabata Workout

Lion Crazy Boxing Tabata Workout

8 Rounds of 4 exercises repeated twice
1. Jab
2. Hooks
3. Uppercuts
4. Lion Crazy Round - Any Punch Combo

Set your Gymboss timer for 20 secs. work and 10 secs. rest.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Redesigned Kickboxing Studio

What do you think of our new kickboxing room's design? Over the holidays, we did a complete redesign of our kickboxing room.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Burning Core - Medicine Ball Workout

Burning Core Workout

3 Rounds of 8 Exercises - 30 sec Intervals of work followed by 5 sec Rest

(Set our Gymboss Timer for 30 sec work interval and 5 sec rest)

8 Exercises for Workout
1. High Knees
2. Plank w/ Arm Extension
3. Toe Touch
4. Thruster
5. Wood Chop - Squat - Right
6. Wood Chop - Squat - Left
7. Alternating Knee Strikes
8. Scissor Crunch

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Vote For Your Dojo - Maximum Impact Karate

Bucks Happening ListVote For Your Dojo - Maximum Impact Karate

It's that time of year to vote for the Best in Bucks. Our Dojo was nominated as the Best Martial Arts Studio in Bucks. Support us by clicking the following link and voting for Maximum Impact Karate.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Be Extraordinary + Channel Changes for 2013

A quick message about striving to be extraordinary for 2013 and some changes to our channel.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Kickboxing Tips for the Beginner

If you are new to kickboxing, taking your first step into a kickboxing class can be scary. Here's some expert tips to help you find the best program and get started.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Exercise - The Perfect Headache Cure

Did you ever have a headache at the end of the workday? Sometimes, it's easy to hang up the towel at the end of the work day and skip your workout because of these headaches. What would you say if I told you that the best cure for these headaches is exactly what you may be avoiding... EXERCISE.

I experienced this exact situation the other day. Everyone knows that I'm an avid exercise workout freak, but the other day, I had as serious headache and almost skipped my kickboxing workout. It reminded me of the end of day headaches, I'd experience at my former job sitting all day working for corporation.

These headaches can easily deter you from making it to your karate or kickboxing class, but before you do, listen to this. Sitting all day creates vascular constriction of the blood vessels in the brain that cause headaches. The best known cure is exercise which pumps blood to the brain and relieving you from the headache.

On this particular day, I knew the solution was exercise so I committed myself to taking class despite the headache. The results were a terrific workout and the headache was gone.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Description of Programs - Maximum Impact Karate Dublin, PA

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Monday, January 21, 2013

HIIT Kickboxing Workout

Max Impact HIIT
Kickboxing Workout

5 Drills - 40 sec Intervals of conditioning
and bag combos with 10 sec Rest

(Set our Gymboss Timer for 40 sec work
interval and 10 sec rest)

Rest 30 sec and Repeat 5 Drills

Five Exercises for HIIT Workout

1. Jab - Cross
2. One Leg Pogo
3. Uppercut - Uppercut - Hook Punch
4. Pushups
5. Front Kick

Monday, January 7, 2013

DYI Homemade Candle Space Heater

With the winter arriving, I wanted to create a off the grid project that could help heat my small office. This project cost less than $20 and was simple to put together. The candle heats the radiator metal core and transfers the heat to ceramic surface. Then this heat is stored and radiated into the room instead of it just rinsing to the ceiling.

Here's what you will need and watch the video for the assembly.
one 5″ ceramic (not glazed) pot
one 3″ ceramic (not glazed) pot
two 1 1/2″ x 1/4″ washers
three 1 1/4″ x 1/4″ washers
three 1″ x 1/4″ washers
eight 3/4″ x 1/4″ washers
seven 1/4″ nuts
one 3″ x 1/4″ bolt

Thanks for watching!