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whitemeat

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 8, 2013 - 04:11pm PT
this is what I just made!
Credit: whitemeat
Credit: whitemeat
jcory86

Big Wall climber
Grass Valley, CA
Sep 8, 2013 - 06:46pm PT
the original hammer on WDD
the original hammer on WDD
Credit: jcory86

Heres a shot of my first hammer. A modified roofing? drywall? hammer. Ground and shaped back of hammer head, drilled holes for funkness and in handle for cord attachment.
I own a Kong eagle now! The route is Wet Denim Daydream on the Leaning tower.
rincon

Trad climber
SoCal
Sep 8, 2013 - 07:01pm PT
Sterno stove
Sterno stove
Credit: rincon
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Sep 8, 2013 - 07:20pm PT
Meat. . . tell us how you made it. . . and keep up the good work. . . gear design and construction is extremely rewarding!

Plus. . . makin' your own stuff is, quite simply, where it's at!

YeahBaby!
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Sep 8, 2013 - 07:24pm PT
First hammer was one of these.



Bell system linemans drilling hammer.

I sawed the handle down and added a cord.

Can't remember who I gave it too. About that time nuts came into vogue and I quit carrying a hammer.

Made several a couple of sets of hexes from various sizes of scrap aluminum barstock. Tobin ended up with one set, don't remember what happened to the other.

There were also some wide nuts out of I beam aluminum sections. In retrospect they were way to thin. (thank God nobody ever fell in one)

Lots of soft goods experiments, from a Frostline 60/40 parka to homemade packs, cagole and a belay seat.

The parka and the belay seat were a success, the other stuff not so much other than the gear sling.

The gear sling was made from 2" tubular that was folded over and sewn to form a tube for the gear part.

Glad to see the backyard DIY tradition continues.

Never did get into doing walls.



eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Sep 8, 2013 - 07:25pm PT
A N D .. .. .. rincon. . . LOVE the little cooker.

YAY!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Sep 8, 2013 - 07:27pm PT
It's just so bitchen to make your own stuff. . . it's like the essence of wall climbing. . . identify what you need, think about it and build it. Why go poundin' down a bunch of fundage for stuff you can make?

LOVE IT!

I get really good OLD SCHOOL vibes from this!

Go!
whitemeat

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 8, 2013 - 09:07pm PT
the whole reason I made the hammer hulster is I used the BD one and after pitch 2 it broke and went flyen down the mountain! I just took non tubular webbing and used that with a small latch system to make the part that attaches to the harrness and for the hulster I just took tubular webbing and put drip line tubbing inside it and sewed it on!

some other home made stuff:

cam hooks, belay seat, and rappel rings!
j-tree

Big Wall climber
Classroom to crag to summer camp
Sep 8, 2013 - 09:13pm PT
cam hooks?

might that be a lot of tension for a handmade piece to deal with? especially when made by a non-metalworker?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Sep 8, 2013 - 09:16pm PT
Thumbs up dood, did much the same myself at about the same age! I even made a harness or two. Pawn shop commercial sewing machine and the world was mine...
Crazy Bat

Sport climber
Birmingham, AL & Seweanee, TN
Sep 8, 2013 - 10:02pm PT
Whitemeat Gear Company? LOL!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Sep 8, 2013 - 10:04pm PT
Dont laugh,, its gotta RING to it! LMAO! The next Y-VON Coolyard perhaps?
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Sep 8, 2013 - 10:22pm PT
Nah. . .

"MeatMade"

:-)
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Sep 8, 2013 - 10:24pm PT
ok dats GUD too!


and Whitemeat, my only advice,, stay away from pin bin bandoleer type gear sling ideas lol! Its been done,, epic fail..
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Sep 8, 2013 - 10:26pm PT
Yeah. . .

"MeatMade. . . Where OldSkoolRoolz"
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Sep 8, 2013 - 10:28pm PT
the only way to become a "metalworker",

is to work with some metal.

(just do the testing about three feet off the ground)
whitemeat

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 8, 2013 - 10:55pm PT
you guys are the best! I gota get me a sewing machine! I also have made a tiny copperhead... hope I dont have to use it!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Sep 8, 2013 - 11:06pm PT
RightOn. . . you're gonna LOVE having a sewing machine. . . it will open doors you never even knew existed!

BITCHEN!

:-)
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Sep 8, 2013 - 11:08pm PT
In the meantime, get one of these. . . they're indispensable!

http://www.speedystitcher.com/
MisterE

climber
Sep 8, 2013 - 11:14pm PT
I always liked the home-made "racks" that I saw occasionally from the German sandsone climbers - tied slings and knots - no metal allowed.

One guy in Tuolumne pulled out the collection he had brought on the flight over. It didn't set off any metal detectors, but did cause some discussion.

He said: "My rack or yours?"

I said: "Mine."
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 9, 2013 - 12:54am PT
Credit: Jaybro
Jay Wood

Trad climber
Land of God-less fools
Sep 9, 2013 - 01:04am PT
http://www.sailrite.com/Ultrafeed-LSZ-1-Walking-Foot-Sewing-Machine
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Sep 9, 2013 - 02:28am PT
late sixties, mexico city: riding the city bus surrounded by a bunch of guys with lunches reading tabloids during morning commute.
as if on some unseen cue the pages got passed about and earnest hat folding commenced.

when the bus pulled up in front of a big construction site, the crewmen disgorged onto the sidewalk "ready" to get after it with fresh faces and new paper hats!

~~~

a coworker drove german iron with a sunroof that was jammed someplace short of sealed up shut. deep inside a complex assembly dwelt the culprit: a stripped gear. the dealer wanted bigtime ransom money for the whole motorized shiteree. his brother, a dentist/technician with a lab full of stuff for casting, mixing, pouring, baking and grinding really hard and durable items had no trouble reproducing a perfectly suitable replacement part, pretty darned pronto
Leftwich

climber
Sep 9, 2013 - 12:57pm PT
That sailrite is nice but you can find a good used industrial sewing machine for much cheaper. One good cheap option is the old singer model 201 that can be picked up for around $150. Not industrial but stout enough to sew two layers of 1" webbing and a strip of supertape (making your own aiders), often used for light duty sail construction as well.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Sep 9, 2013 - 01:49pm PT
In the meantime, get one of these. . . they're indispensable!

http://www.speedystitcher.com

Yep, I've even resoled mountaineering and XC Ski boots with one of those and some Barges.

(that was of course in the ancient days of the Norwegian welt and leather. Everything is injection molded and disposable now)
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Sep 10, 2013 - 03:21pm PT
Lots of sailing and mountaineering gear made on this Sailrite. Basic design still cranking after many years.
Sailrite LSZ always at the ready.
Sailrite LSZ always at the ready.
Credit: SCseagoat

If you are going to seriously get into homemade gear shoot me a pm and I can give you a list of the vendors we have found that give good prices on small quantities of silnylon, rip stop, Goretex, canvas, fasteners etc.
BEWARE! Addicting!

Susan
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