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Other than hunting and fishing, what hobbies do you participate in?

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I like riding atv’s, doing light machining on the lathes, welding and recently got into metal detecting and lapidary work.
While in Arizona over the winter I built stone handles for 6 steak knives and a chef’s knife from rocks. The blanks were bought at Woodcrafters.
Here is how it starts. Slabs are cut from raw rock. The pattern traced and cut to rough shape with a tile saw and glued to the knife.
Then on to the polishing wheels that go from coarse 30 grit for stock removal to the final polish with 50,000 grit

Art paint Paint Material property Violet Font

the finished product:

Wood Garden tool Gas Kitchen utensil Tints and shades

Wood Rectangle Line Metal Hardwood

Started into metal detecting recently as well.
First serious hunt was in the back yard yesterday. Found what most would expect around a home. Screws, coins, nails, etc.
Can’t wait to prospect around some old homesteads.

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What’s yours?
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Other than hunting and fishing: I like to go hiking and camping with my wife and pups whenever we can. I have a laundry list of hobbies I used to pursue and still have the equipment, but just haven't in a while: playing guitar, golfing, fly tying, mountain and road biking, trapping, knife making. I've tried building my own bows and I do still work on guns, upgrading parts, refinishing, etc. I started getting into cerakoting a few years ago.

Although I never played but one year as a kid, I actually starting playing co-ed soccer on a team at my work a couple years ago. Turns out I'm not too bad. We just finished indoor season and I'm trying to get in shape for outdoor.

At 36 with no kids, I'm still finding I don't seem to have as much time for hobbies as I used to. I don't have the same desire to be constantly busy. I recently thought about selling my bikes and my golf clubs (I know I'd regret it). I've already sold our kayaks last year.

I'm seriously contemplating getting my Nuisance Wildlife Permit and start doing that on the side, kind of a hobby and potential business venture wrapped up into one.
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