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For this year's Beer Swap, I thought I had a great project idea and plenty of time to execute it. I was going to make a "beer". What kind of beer you ask? This kind:


I had this brilliant (dripping with sarcasm) idea to carve a "beer" for my recipient. I did pretty well at carving the bear part but between just plain doing a bad job and breaking partially done ones and ruining one from the blood of a deeply sliced thumb, I finally had to give it up:(. So instead I decided to make pottz a bottle opener using a Niles kit I had and a nice piece of Desert Ironwood.


But it just didn't seem like enough for someone like pottz. So it dawned on me that I may not have time to carve a "beer" but I could put my 3D printer to work and use up some model paints:)


Okay, I felt a little better about my package now. The "beer" was cheating a little bit since I didn't really make it. But at least I made the bottle opener. And I thought the "beer" was hilarious:ROFLMAO: But apparently I was the only one. My wife got it but only gave a conciliatory giggle. My son liked it but didn't immediately get it. My FIL groaned and called it a "dad joke" and my MIL still can't understand why she never knew there were types of bears that grew antlers and why she can't find anything about them online. So I have to admit, that maybe it was a poorly concieved project from the start😬

Nevertheless, time was up so I packaged it up with the dark beers I had bought for pottz:




and sent it all on its way to the other coast.

As luck would have it, the package got stuck at the post office and had to be picked up :confused: So pottz went to pick it up several times and was told each time that it wasn't at the PO but out for delivery! Finally somebody found it at the post office and gave it to him. A wet and damaged box. Ugh. Fortunately it turned out that only one beer had leaked but the antlers got broke off the "beer" too. Only after he got it did I find out that what I had mistakenly read as pottz wanting dark beers was actually that he didn't really like dark beers usually!

So poor pottz got a bottle opener, a broken gag and ended up giving his wife most of the beers. I felt horrible! Even though pottz was far too gracious to ever express his disappointment, I knew he had to be and decided that I would attempt to make up for it.

Pottz mentioned that he liked the Beer Knife I had made in last year's swap. I had the materials for another so I set to it and whipped one up for him:)


The blade is 1095 steel and the scales are some stabilized and dyed spalted Elm (or maybe Birch) that Dave Polaschek sent me a couple of years ago. I made a kydex sheath for it so it can be carried in a pocket if so desired.

And since I now had a better idea of the types of beer pottz would ACTUALLY LIKE, I picked him up another six pack that I think he'll really enjoy:cool:



I do hope pottz will enjoy this package more than the first one!

Thanks for reading my swap saga;)

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haha that sounds like quite the journey, nice work! I appreciate the "beer" as well, but have also been known to partake in the jokes of the dad variety myself :D
 

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Nice work Ken, and awesome way to make up for USPS's handiwork. That "beer" is remarkable. Your getting quite good at that carving! That beer knife is really a treat. Something anyone would like. Great job and great (annual) swap that I still need to get back into!
 

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Way to go Kenny! Very considerate of you to correct the post office screwup. I thought the "beer" was funny when I actually saw your picture of it in undamaged form.
 

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let me just say kenny went above and beyond anything needed.but thats the kind of great guy he is.so next year join his beer/bq swap,you wont be disappointed.the knife is very cool especially with wood from another good LJ'S friend davep. it looks a lot like some of birch dave sent me ? the "beer" was very funny but sadly lost his antlers in transit. the bottle was very cool,i love desert ironwood. all in all inspite of the issues it was a great swap,i had a blast and ill be back next year.thanks again my friend. 😎
 

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Thanks fellas!

Pottz, swaps are a LOT more fun when your recipient is happy with what you sent. Regardless of who screwed what up, you got a broken project and beers you mostly didn't care for. So I don't consider the second box "above and beyond" at all. Just what I should have sent to begin with;) And if you don't like the beers, there will be a third one :) You're stuck with the knife though :p
 

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Way back when I asked if that was a "BEER" and thought it was a scream.

Kenny you had as bumpy a road to the final as I did this year, and I think both of us ended up finishing well with our recipients, at least in the BEER swap part. Your "BEER" statue and the knife, and bottle topper (We all know Pottz is a WINO, and just tolerates beer for the swap. :D:D) All of your gift items were killer. Can't help the damage done by the shipping Gorillas, but it looks like it ended well.
 

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Way back when I asked if that was a "BEER" and thought it was a scream.

Kenny you had as bumpy a road to the final as I did this year, and I think both of us ended up finishing well with our recipients, at least in the BEER swap part. Your "BEER" statue and the knife, and bottle topper (We all know Pottz is a WINO, and just tolerates beer for the swap. :D:D) All of your gift items were killer. Can't help the damage done by the shipping Gorillas, but it looks like it ended well.
actually i can only really blame the post office for losing it for 4 days,the damage yo saw to the box i think was mostly due to the beers that lost liquid soaking the box causing it to fall apart.apparently bottled beer doesn't like to get over 100 degrees ? 🤣
 

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Yeah, they probably weren't any worse on that package than they are on most. But the fact that you had to make multiple trips to the post office to pick it up and for the first couple they couldn't figure out where it was at was a little ridiculous...
 

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Yeah, they probably weren't any worse on that package than they are on most. But the fact that you had to make multiple trips to the post office to pick it up and for the first couple they couldn't figure out where it was at was a little ridiculous...
yeah lucky i finally found a guy that knew what to look for. i think the woman i had the first couple times either didn't know or was too lazy to figure it out !
 

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Nicely done, Kenny. Way to go above and beyond.
 

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Great Swap Project Ken, a well done knife and opener, the beer is cool too. Thanks for running the swap, it has been fun tagging along.
 

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Perseverance wins out. I was fully expecting to see a cape for Pottz in the second big reveal. After all, Kenny needs a sidekick.
 

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Perseverance wins out. I was fully expecting to see a cape for Pottz in the second big reveal. After all, Kenny needs a sidekick.
i could never pull it off,only the great ones wear a cape :cool:
 

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Love reading your posts, Kenny! You have, like, the greatest sense of humor I ever knew. You must be a real hoot in person.
 

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Nice job Kenny. It's getting harder and harder each year to come up with new ideas, but you keep managing somehow!
 
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