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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.