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#1 User is offline   GeoShif 

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  Posted 11 May 2010 - 01:21 PM

Hey Guys,

I'm trying to think of a new Geocache and I want to do something that cachers will remember. Do you guys have any ideas as to what kind of creative caches I could make? We are talking about challenging/fun/crazy caches. Give us your ideas!

-GeoShif :o

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 01:33 PM

There are some geocaching stores that offer unique caches should you want to go that route. There's even one that's shaped like an arrow that you could stick on a tree (Robin Hood was here, LOL).

A personal favorite of mine was finding a cache that turned out to be a lead pipe as part of a series based on the game Clue (the pipe was the "murder" weapon). I had to locate several caches first in order to determine the final location of the murder weapon. Very clever, and it might give you an idea or two for something similar.

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 02:20 PM

View PostGeoShif, on May 11 2010, 01:21 PM, said:

Hey Guys,

I'm trying to think of a new Geocache and I want to do something that cachers will remember. Do you guys have any ideas as to what kind of creative caches I could make? We are talking about challenging/fun/crazy caches. Give us your ideas!

-GeoShif :o


Personally that's a tough one. It's really limited to your imagination and resources, your time and effort. I've seen just about everything, even a fake dead half-decayed animal in the woods. Get crazy, get wild, get off-the-wall. That's what it's all about. Sometimes the most simple, obvious hide is the one folks get stuck on. Go out and have fun. What would you least suspect of being a cache?

Good luck!

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 03:01 AM

One of my favorites is a upright pipe that must be filled with water to make a float rise and the cache is attached to the float. Small holes in the bottom of the pipe make it a bit harder to complete the task but also serve to drain the pipe when you have finished. :o :o

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 04:01 AM

I found a 3/4" pipe with a water tap attached. The tap had a hose attachment on it with the log book in it. The whole thing looked as if you could water the green with it. Very sneeky

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 11:34 AM

I was planning on chopping a rock in two, hollowing it out, and hiding it in a rocky place... As soon as I find a way to do it safely

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 12:56 PM

View PostZork V, on May 12 2010, 06:01 AM, said:

One of my favorites is a upright pipe that must be filled with water to make a float rise and the cache is attached to the float. Small holes in the bottom of the pipe make it a bit harder to complete the task but also serve to drain the pipe when you have finished. B) :blink:

I hid the original one of those types back in '02. :)

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 02:08 PM

View PostADTCacheur, on May 14 2010, 11:34 AM, said:

I was planning on chopping a rock in two, hollowing it out, and hiding it in a rocky place... As soon as I find a way to do it safely

Find someone who does lapidary work and has a rock saw. They can cut the rock, how you hollow it beats me. I've got my own ideas about how to make hollowed rocks, and I'm not talking about a small rock used for key hides.

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 05:32 AM

i thought a cool 1 would be a real fire hydrant thats modded to put a cache in it :P :) :P

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 08:09 AM

View PostLincolnAdams, on May 11 2010, 02:33 PM, said:

A personal favorite of mine was finding a cache that turned out to be a lead pipe as part of a series based on the game Clue (the pipe was the "murder" weapon). I had to locate several caches first in order to determine the final location of the murder weapon. Very clever, and it might give you an idea or two for something similar.



That sounds awesome! I wish I could do that one but no doubt it's thousands of miles from my home (the ones I really want to do always are, it seems). I don't suppose you have the starting GC# on hand?

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 11:17 AM

My idea of a really tough one would be a cache with a small, weak flashing light inside a pipe. The muzzle of the pipe would point towards the given coordinates, some hundred yards away, and between the coordinates and the cache there would be some kind of obstruction, a lake or a steep hill.
You'll have to be there in the dark to see the light, and you'll need to do the swim/climb thing in the dark.
And maybe one should throw in some sort of code for good measure.
Übertricky.

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 12:11 PM

View PostDarthJustice, on May 15 2010, 08:09 AM, said:

View PostLincolnAdams, on May 11 2010, 02:33 PM, said:

A personal favorite of mine was finding a cache that turned out to be a lead pipe as part of a series based on the game Clue (the pipe was the "murder" weapon). I had to locate several caches first in order to determine the final location of the murder weapon. Very clever, and it might give you an idea or two for something similar.



That sounds awesome! I wish I could do that one but no doubt it's thousands of miles from my home (the ones I really want to do always are, it seems). I don't suppose you have the starting GC# on hand?


It's GC1E4H4, and yeah unfortunately it's in NY. :) Overall it took me about 5 hours to do, but it was definitely a lot of fun.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 07:32 PM

For my cache Beware of Dogs - GC1J5MA I built a small doghouse and placed this motion activated doghouse inside:
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When you opened the door to the cache the doghouse would start vibrating and barking at you. Lots of fun.

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  Posted 17 May 2010 - 08:14 PM

View PostGeoShif, on May 11 2010, 02:21 PM, said:

Hey Guys,

I'm trying to think of a new Geocache and I want to do something that cachers will remember. Do you guys have any ideas as to what kind of creative caches I could make? We are talking about challenging/fun/crazy caches. Give us your ideas!

-GeoShif :grin:


Think of your "standard" poo of the area, and go from there. You can even go the extra mile and spray it with "fake fart spray" which woul definitely deter muggles if the poo hadn't already!

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 08:49 PM

I didn't see this one, but a fellow cacher told me they found one that was a cylindrical box that opened in the middle, like two doors opening in the middle on hinges, and when you opened the two doors, it activated a singing frog with a banjo! Would have loved to have seen that one!!

I think wandering through your local home depot or the like, and looking at real plumbing parts or electrical parts, bolts, strapping that can be modified to be magnetic... this can give you an infinite number of ideas.

We created a cache, which is now kind of passe', that was an outdoor j-box, attached to the electrical conduit where we put it with strapping (from the plumbing dept) and left the outlet out of the box. The hinged lid looks just like a normal outdoor electrical box. Best to put in a logical commercial place, like a shopping center, where it won't stand out, but from experience, put it somewhere where there are other places to hide something or it will stand out like a flashing sign, "look here!"

One of the hardest ones we ever found was on a bronze statue of an Elk, at a sculpture garden. The ears of the Elk were hollow. The CO glued a small piece of nylon thread about a 1/2 inch down inside the ear, and once you found the string (very hard) you pulled it out of the ear, and there was a nano glued to the other end. Can't say anything about "defacing private property" but will leave that up to you.

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 02:21 PM

View Post9Key, on May 14 2010, 12:56 PM, said:

View PostZork V, on May 12 2010, 06:01 AM, said:

One of my favorites is a upright pipe that must be filled with water to make a float rise and the cache is attached to the float. Small holes in the bottom of the pipe make it a bit harder to complete the task but also serve to drain the pipe when you have finished. :D :D

I hid the original one of those types back in '02. :)


What was the name of it? Because I have found two like that. One in Penticton BC Called Fillerup again, and one in Richmond BC. What did you hide?

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 04:26 PM

View Postngrrfan, on May 14 2010, 02:08 PM, said:

View PostADTCacheur, on May 14 2010, 11:34 AM, said:

I was planning on chopping a rock in two, hollowing it out, and hiding it in a rocky place... As soon as I find a way to do it safely

Find someone who does lapidary work and has a rock saw. They can cut the rock, how you hollow it beats me. I've got my own ideas about how to make hollowed rocks, and I'm not talking about a small rock used for key hides.

One word... LIMESTONE

Cut it with a handsaw (don't use Dad's favorite one though). You can hollow it out with old chisels/wood carving tools -- or cheapies, just don't use good quality ones.

The next trick is to place it so that there is other limestone nearby, so it wouldn't be obviously out-of-place.

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  Posted 30 May 2010 - 11:05 PM

Intersecting Coordinates Cache.

A variation on "Multi Caches" --

I'm thinking about this, and have a flat desert area with little ground cover. Think about intersecting lines in your Intro Geometry classes. This is the way surveyors find a "corner."

Let's call the coordinates "waypoints" because this is how you'd navigate on the GPS. First cache location specifies a second coordinate. "A" to "B" forms a straight line.

"B" specifies a waypoint "C."

"C" specifies "D." The line formed by "C" and "D" is perpendicular to "A" and "B."

The intersection of A, B, with C, D is the location of the cache stash.

The motive in this comes from the experience I come up with when I'm "close" but can't quite hit the numbers for the coordinates on the GPS. If you track an X across the area, the intersection becomes easier to find than a single point.

Also, if you intersect several lines, three, four, five . . . This will help compensate for GPS error in coordinates. Laying out one of these might require some surveyor's line and stakes. But that's not hard to come by.

More work for the search, but a creative variation in open terrain where it's possible to walk or sight in straight lines.

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Posted 02 June 2010 - 11:11 AM

:)

what about some of the artificial dog poo you see in stores to hide keys in in your garden, they work really well and dont think anyone would want to play with it.

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 10:06 AM

Check out www.wheresmoac.com. A new and clever idea is in the works. Might help in your quest.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 09:23 AM

For micros, I've seen fake poo and fake chewed bubble-gum. The larger ones are a little bit more tricky, but I've seen one called the tin man that was inside of an unused grain silo. I've also seen some that were made to look like a bird feeder.

The neatest ones I have seen are multi caches that take you to a fake book inside of a public library.

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 12:23 PM

Well, the more memorable ones that I have done I've also copied or planned to copy...

First was a Nano Cache called a "Well Guarded Cache" that brought you to a standard cattleguard made of steel pipes. Hint tuned out to be "magnetic". Took an accidental discovery for me to find it. CO had added some round reflectors to the fenceposts at either side of the cattleguard, made most of them "real", but had one attached to the post by a magnet attached to a washer behind it, then a hole drilled in the post with the cache inside it. Took me leaning against the post and my hand brushing the reflector to actually find that one...

Next best was an ammo can suspended in a tree by ropes. Getting to GZ the searchers would find the "UPoS" at the base of the tree, but you had to look way up to find the cache suspended next to the tree, then follow the rope through the canopy to find the release spot.

Third was along those same lines, a copse of poplar with 3-5 inchers mixed in with a few larger trees. As the forest matures some of the smaller trees die off. CO had taken a smaller dead tree, attached the cache to the top of it with some plastic binders, and then leaned it up casually against a larger tree... all looking very normal and natural, and reminding me that people rarely really look up when hunting these... I have yet to copy that design, though I will if I get the right materials and location found...

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 07:44 PM

I hid one as a lost dog sign... people have been sayin it's there fave cache ever, maybe something to thing about :)

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 08:26 PM

Looks like I have access to a four foot tall two foot wide freestanding commercial water meter box

Similar to this, only smaller
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I am looking to make it into a TB hotel that is going to take some puzzle solving to get open.

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 05:53 PM

just remember, the game isn't always about the container, either.
You could get creative with a multi, basing it on local history or some favorite theme. Those have been some of the most memorable ones for Pugs and me. The dates on buildings, or the coordinates of local landmarks, pretty much anything can be a clue to the next cache.
I am begging you, though, as one cacher to another, do not under any circumstances, place another bleeping micro in the bleeping woods! I will come after you for that! :lol: Worse, Pugs might come after you... :lol:

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 04:16 PM

Get a large pincone and hollow it out.Then fill it with hot glue for strength.Hollow the glue part way to keep the strength and stick a testtube in the void.Voila. Pincone cache

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 10:58 AM

I took a shed deer antler my bosses wife found and drilled a hole in the base ofit and glued a nano in the there and put it in city park. I attactched a wire to the antler and loosly wired it to a tree so an shed hunter didn't come aliong and muggle it.

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 08:16 PM

I have personally always thought a "choose your own adventure" type multi would be awesome. I have yet to see one, but I'm sure one is out there, as I haven't been caching very long. I have a plan for one based off of a pastiche of the three musketeers, that I personally think would be hilarious, but I won't put that one up for a long time, so I can find more geocaches first!

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 04:08 PM

I've been wrapping my mind around an artificial hornet nest. Probably have to be fiberglass or stronger to keep it from being a "muggle pinata". The bottom would twist off and cache would fall out, mounted on a branch near a creek.
Another idea is a ammo box with sprind loaded "tail" I'm thinking black and white fur camoflage, and in a pile of logs so that when exposed, tail flips up.
Maybe part of a heart stopper series. The wife says I'm too evil. Am I crossing a line?

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 05:51 AM

As others have said, you really need to follow your own imagination and your own resources. If it's difficulty you're looking for, I don't think I've *ever* twigged on to caches that were suspended above my head. My former husband used to place a number of these and my brain just doesn't work that way. it's something to consider trying!


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Posted 24 March 2011 - 05:27 AM

I like the idea of a Trackable hotel. It would probably attract lots of experienced cachers especially if the mystery was suitably enticing.
And LOVE the idea of the float in the lead pipe as well as the Clue themed caches.

I've been thinking of a box secured with a combination lock, so you have to solve the cache location and get the combination to get in.

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 02:03 PM

One of my personal favorites was a 2-stage multi. The first stage took you to a brick walkway. You know how at some places you can pay to have your name engraved into one of the bricks? Well, the cache owner had paid to engrave the second stage coordinates on one of the bricks! Really clever, though it must have taken a ton of preparation.

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 06:22 PM

the coolest and hardest i had to find was a hollowed out bolt, it was placed on the gaurd rail of a bridge, took awhile to notice the bolt but the hint made it harder it was "hanging by a thread". of course i spent along time looking for a stupid piece of thread hanging from the bridge or on the bridge.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 12:39 PM

Has any one used QR Codes for a multi-cache? I want to use them for a new multi cache I'm planning. I checked the outline of the rules and don't see anything forbidding it. Thoughts?

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 09:44 AM

There's actually a company that i can't think of off the top of my head but they sell QR code stickers to put on your container.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 10:15 AM

QR Code Caches

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 09:15 PM

View PostPrescott Patrol, on 14 July 2010 - 08:26 PM, said:

Looks like I have access to a four foot tall two foot wide freestanding commercial water meter box

Similar to this, only smaller
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I am looking to make it into a TB hotel that is going to take some puzzle solving to get open.


Just found this one the other day. A bit like a TB/GC hotel, but more in plain sight than any other cache I've ever seen. Just a large wooden box chained beneath the owner's carport with the Geocaching emblem burned onto it. It is locked by an odd little lock where you are required to enter a directional code based off a math problem. It was quite fun and I was able to trade for a few more GC's and TB's. I only wish it would get some more traffic!

Maybe you could place your cache near a large interstate or highway with a lot of traffic? Not directly next to it but off an exit or something, that way it gets a lot of movement and changeover.

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 09:33 AM

View PostZork V, on 12 May 2010 - 03:01 AM, said:

One of my favorites is a upright pipe that must be filled with water to make a float rise and the cache is attached to the float. Small holes in the bottom of the pipe make it a bit harder to complete the task but also serve to drain the pipe when you have finished. :o :o

I found one like this several years ago. It is my favorite so far of all of them. It was called Bring Water To The Well. Unfortunately it is no longer in play.

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 03:36 PM

I have an idea of a puzzle. The coordinates lead you to a peace of wood. Trough it is a hole. And on a particular day of the year the sun shines trough the hole and shines on a spot on the ground that gives you the coordinates of the actual cache. I haven't rely figured out the details, but the idea obviously comes from indiana jones. Has this been done before. Is this allowed. Obviously it would not work on a rainy day, so people will have to wait another year to attempt it.

Not that here in the north the sun moves a lot over the months.

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 05:13 PM

View Postdscotty55, on 15 May 2010 - 05:32 AM, said:

i thought a cool 1 would be a real fire hydrant thats modded to put a cache in it :P :) :P


Did one in NB Canada

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 01:44 PM

I found on that took you to a wooden sculpture of a bear. It had beady black eyes recessed into its head. One of them was a magnetic nano.

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 03:13 PM

Hey I have recently had an idea where the cache cords take you to a camode board when you step on it releases a spring which shoots the cache up into the air

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 05:28 PM

View PostItsmy6, on 14 April 2011 - 09:44 AM, said:

There's actually a company that i can't think of off the top of my head but they sell QR code stickers to put on your container.

Go to cache advance (website) they have everything from fake sprinkler caches to QR codes. Best cache equipment site.

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 05:29 PM

Go to cache advance (website) they have everything from fake sprinkler caches to QR codes. Best cache equipment site

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:45 AM

Well, I came up with the idea of hiding a micro in a hole drilled in a rock. I gathered 3 rocks, different colors and shading to match the rocks around here, here is what I did:
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I jammed a split washer in the hole, so the magnetic container would adhere to it, you can shake the rock upside down and it won't fall out. I left the container out a little so the container can be plucked out easily.
Hope you all find it now! :unsure:
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Posted 29 January 2012 - 10:21 AM

What about a multi cache where you find a benchmark then have to use a compass to turn an azimuth to the next point. The next point you turn again, then back again but the cache is around 20 feet behind the first benchmark? Would be pretty cool in a park or city where there may be numbers on things that have the next AZ or over larger distances where you have to visit this or that grave and get the AZ and distance.

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 10:13 PM

GC2K4X4 This one is not a hard to find one but you go by and geocache does not enter you mind. I have been here many times over the past 12 years to ride the trains in the yard with my wifes uncle. For about 10 years I had not done any caching and now that my daughter is old enough we started again. I drove right past this one thinking it was in another spot. The guy has little old west theamed towns scatered around the property by the rr tracks so this cache does not stand out. Inside the station is a ammo can that is the actual cache. If you read through the posts for the cache and find absolute mellow you will find he has a picture posted of this cache. Again the gc code is GC2K4X4

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 06:33 PM

There is a multicache here with 2 stages. The first stage takes you to a LP hide where you find a contact lens container. When you open the side labeled "open here" it congratulates you on finding stage 1 and instructs you to stage 2 which is located exactly 1 inch to the left Posted Image

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 09:05 PM

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View PostGeoShif, on May 11 2010, 01:21 PM, said:

Hey Guys,

I'm trying to think of a new Geocache and I want to do something that cachers will remember. Do you guys have any ideas as to what kind of creative caches I could make? We are talking about challenging/fun/crazy caches. Give us your ideas!

-GeoShif :o


Personally that's a tough one. It's really limited to your imagination and resources, your time and effort. I've seen just about everything, even a fake dead half-decayed animal in the woods. Get crazy, get wild, get off-the-wall. That's what it's all about. Sometimes the most simple, obvious hide is the one folks get stuck on. Go out and have fun. What would you least suspect of being a cache?

Good luck!


I found a real dead decaying animal at the base of a tree a cache was in. It took everything in my power not to go poking around that thing. It was a big dead maggot filled raven.. if you can picture that. :)

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 06:45 PM

I have always wanted to make a multi that's 2 stages and the coordinate to find the second stage is carved into the bark of a birch tree so you can read it easily.

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