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Daniel King

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About Daniel King

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  • Birthday 06/08/1964

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    http://www.quietacresfarm.com
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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    New Hope, Va
  • Interests
    Sheep, Border Collies, Wine tasting, Astronomy, Experimental Gourmet Cooking
  1. Yes. Unfortunately I have a day job, then come home to put on my shepherd's hat. Soooo, that doesn't leave time for much crook making. Will be happy to make sticks for my fellow shepherds and Sheepdog trialers. Just need to be patient. contact me at [email protected]
  2. First auction done.. One more to go. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200552464932&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
  3. Just a few hours to go on the first Auction for "Tea" and her Wolftown. thanks for your support!! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200552139429&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
  4. Here we go again my Sheepdog friends! Spread the word that a second Crook is on the auction block. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200552464932 This is the matching horn to the first auction.
  5. Thanks Gloria! The one up on Ebay right now is the #1 Crook in my Picasa album. As with any of my sticks I have ever sold, they come with a lifetime guarantee.. so long as you don't break it over a dog or fellow handler I will also polish from time to time as I see my sticks at trials. More of my work: http://picasaweb.google.com/awayjig/Crooks# Dan
  6. Alrighty then.. Let the bidding begin. spread the word to help Tea! From my original pictures, this was crook #2. I'll put up Crook #1 tomorrow (24 hrs from start of this auction) http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200552139429
  7. Standby as this auction may be going to Ebay. Hat tip to Sarah Ruckelshaus for the idea. Tea is working on setting up Wolftown in the Non-Profit database in Ebay. Stay tuned and spread the word. Dan
  8. I was graciously given several Ram's horns this past year from, oft BC board contributor, "Tea" (T Martino). If you don't all know by now, T has more or less devoted her life to rehabilitating wildlife with the Wolftown organization. This is a super group of people who help sick or injured wildlife and then return them back to their native habitat if possible. Wolftown also teaches compassionate, sustainable and predator friendly agriculture. All are causes dear to my heart. In an effort to raise funds for such a worthy cause, I have completed two "curly horn" crooks recently. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these two sticks will go to help our friend Tea and Wolftown. Here's how it will work: Starting today, each of the two crooks are up for grabs to the highest bidder. I will take silent bids on stick #1 or #2 (or both!) via email at [email protected] or on FB by PM-ing me. More pictures can be seen here: http://picasaweb.google.com/awayjig/WolftownBenefitAuction# On Dec 12th, I'll notify the winners by email, and announcement on Facebook (Daniel King)and the Border Collie Boards. Check will be payable to Wolftown, and I will post the Crooks to the winners. A little about the sticks! I believe these horns are from a wool cross Ram from T's Wolftown flock. After working with the horn and polishing it, a deep Chocolate Brown hue with white swirls along the length of the horn appeared. I have not seen a color like this before. The horns are mounted atop imported Hazel from England. Right now both sticks are approx 54 inches tall, so I can cut to length for the winner and place on a brass tip. They will also come with a cover. For reference, normally these sticks sell for $225.00 Bidding on the crooks or not, please consider becoming a member of Wolftown either way. Good luck and thanks for supporting Tea and Wolftown. Please crosspost as you feel appropriate!
  9. Thought I would chime in since my name was mentioned. Thanks for the compliment Mark.. For training or trialing, I use/recommend getting the fiberglass wands from any Home Depot or Lowes for about a buc.. I made grips for mine with air line hose sold by the foot. Just glue a 6-8" piece on one end. Viola, instant working wand for about two bucks. I made about ten and have them all over the place so one is always nearby and handy. Imo, I don't think you need to be anyone special or at a certain level to treat yourself to a nice crook. It is a cultural jewel of our sport. If you get a crook, get to know the maker and let him know what you want style wise and measurement. As far as I know George MacDonald and I are the only two people actively making traditional Rams horn crooks in this country. George was a long distance mentor of mine and he does beautiful work. Here is a gallery of my work if interested in seeing. http://picasaweb.google.com/awayjig/Crooks# Dan
  10. Icelandic Rams horns will be fine in my experience. Once again, the horns should be from an older Ram at least five years of age so sounds like you have a winner. They have a tight curl much like the Shetlands that T has. It makes it more difficult to straighten and bend but it can be done. Yes, aging horns is like curing hazel or other sticks. Good luck
  11. Tea, please contact me at: awayjig at gmail dot com Would love to have more horns! Ben, let me make a bunch of buttons for T and if you want something special, I'd be happy to do that for you. Thanks Dan
  12. Glad to answer any questions. Once the core of the horn is removed, it takes at least a year to dry out where it is suitable to work with. Fresh horn has a great deal of elasticity, or "memory", when worked with and it sands poorly. Once dried, you can put the horn in to shapes and curves and it stays, unless exposed to high temps again. To dry my horns out, I like to put them in my attic or other dry place that gets warm. The rafters of my barn were the best place I have found to date. Lots of air currents and dry heat. Whether the horns from your neighbor's Ram are good enough to make in to a crook depends on the breed it is, how old the ram is and after that, one has to cut in to the horn to determine ultimate suitability. I could write a page on that alone. In brief, ideally a horn should be from one of the "hill" breeds. Scottish Blackface, Swaledale, WWM, BWM. I have found SBFs to be the ultimate. It must be at least five or more years old. I like to have a combination of solid horn and thick walled horn to make a crook. I have made crooks with younger horns, thinner walls but it was no picnic making it and the results aren't over the top great. Good luck Dan
  13. T, p.s. I recently began making some buttons out of scrap horn. Julie Poudrier was the recipient of a few so maybe should could provide some feedback. If you think you can sell these as a fundraiser let me know. The Ewe horns you sent me would be perfect. Dan
  14. Hi T, You did send a few to me. They are still in their drying out period so I have not been able to begin any work. Thanks Dan
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