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by Taurinor
Thu Dec 24, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: Grey wool cloak
Replies: 8
Views: 738

Re: Grey wool cloak

That looks great! I really like the leather pieces at the clasp - I assume they are there are reinforcement, but they also add a little visual interest. The front-pieces-crossed-and-pinned-back style of wear always looks very cool with this style of cloak! It's there because I initially cut the neck...
by Taurinor
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: WoodCraft
Topic: Dakota Firehole Experiment Results
Replies: 27
Views: 11012

Re: Dakota Firehole Experiment Results

Greg wrote:White Oak bark specifically as being smokeless and heat-retaining? Time to go test some bark!

I haven't tried it, so it could be hooey! If you do give it a go, be sure to let us know :mrgreen:
by Taurinor
Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: WoodCraft
Topic: Dakota Firehole Experiment Results
Replies: 27
Views: 11012

Re: Dakota Firehole Experiment Results

That's very neat, and I'm very impressed that you picked a below-freezing night for your first overnighter in full kit! I saw a video a while back about a similar trick, apparently used by Simon Kenton in the late 18th century. According to "Simon Kenton: His Life and Period: 1755-1836" by...
by Taurinor
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: Hooded Ranger Cloak?
Replies: 15
Views: 1738

Re: Hooded Ranger Cloak?

Edit - Iodo's edit beat me to it! :mrgreen: I don't use a hooded cloak myself, so take this positively briny, but I know some folks have played with a crossover front in the style of Frodo's original cloak in PJ's movies. Uthgard's cloak has a crossover front, and I think Manveruon has been playing ...
by Taurinor
Thu Nov 05, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: Dúnedain Hats?
Replies: 28
Views: 8346

Re: Dúnedain Hats?

In all the patterns I see online the formula goes - your head size divided by 6 + 1/2 inch. The half inch I am assuming is allowance for the seams but is it an additional half inch per piece or headsize + 1/2? It should be "piece = (head size/6) + 1/2 inch", I think. You need the half inc...
by Taurinor
Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Howdy!
Replies: 11
Views: 1599

Re: Howdy!

Welcome! I re-discovered middle earth rangers recently as I was looking at articles for the Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game, and came across a ranger's handbook PDF. I like camping, bushcraft, and historical reenactment and I have loved Middle-Earth ever since I read the Lord of the Rings, so find...
by Taurinor
Wed Nov 04, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: Dúnedain Hats?
Replies: 28
Views: 8346

Re: Dúnedain Hats?

I made a 6-panel hat this summer (because summer is when you make wool hats, right?), and I used a reasonably thin wool because that's what I had, but it doesn't get terribly cold where I ramble, I lined it with linen, and I plan to wear it with a hood that I can pull up for extra warmth if I need t...
by Taurinor
Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: MERF Random Adventure Pictures
Replies: 214
Views: 59960

Re: MERF Random Adventure Pictures

Personally I think rocks work, and I would give a screen like this a trial but only if I could daub the gaps with mud or clay. A lattice would simply leak heat. I absolutely believe that rocks would help, but I haven't personally tried them yet. Provided that they aren't porous and wet, rocks be po...
by Taurinor
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: MERF Random Adventure Pictures
Replies: 214
Views: 59960

Re: MERF Random Adventure Pictures

Might I suggest a fire wall to you? It provides several benefits. The most obvious one is that it reflects more heat back towards you, it also aids in concealment, dries damp timber and shields the fire from wind. You can build them from rocks, soil or mud as well but your timber stash looks ideal ...
by Taurinor
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: MERF Random Adventure Pictures
Replies: 214
Views: 59960

Re: MERF Random Adventure Pictures

your so lucky to have woods in your yard Some woods to play in was pretty high on the house-searching priority list :mrgreen: How'd you sleep in your altered setup? Better than I thought I would, to be honest. The fire was obviously important for warmth, but it was also very helpful psychologically...
by Taurinor
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: MERF Random Adventure Pictures
Replies: 214
Views: 59960

Re: MERF Random Adventure Pictures

Not as much an adventure as preparing for future adventures, but last weekend I camped out in the yard and since it was forecast to be a clear night, I decided to not use a tarp. I usually use one for the psychological benefits of cover, even if it's not supposed to be rainy or windy, but conversati...
by Taurinor
Fri Oct 02, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: Hi beorning here!
Replies: 9
Views: 1753

Re: Hi beorning here!

Welcome!

Based on your impression ideas, it sounds like you might want to take a look at the Beorning woodsman kit Udwin has put together. The references he cites should get you started!
by Taurinor
Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: Let's Talk about Legs!
Replies: 72
Views: 47646

Re: Let's Talk about Legs!

As I understand it, when the Romans marched north they were understandable unused to the cold and adapted the braccae from the "barbarians." After some time had past and the military had adapted the pants, society accepted the new style and they were relatively common in Northern Roman cu...
by Taurinor
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: What's up with wick trimmers?
Replies: 2
Views: 1490

Re: What's up with wick trimmers?

This blog post repeats what I had heard previously (no citations, mind) - pre-19th century wicks were twisted rather than plaited. The asymmetrical braiding in modern wicks causes the wick to curl as it burns, allowing it to be consumed completely, as opposed to smoking and choking out the flame. To...
by Taurinor
Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Telescope?
Replies: 12
Views: 3238

Re: Telescope?

this is a question that's always puzzled me as well, in a lot of places middle earth matches up with historical periods quite well however there aren't any mention of lenses even though they existed in medieval times, and I'm not quite sure how you make intricate dwarven engraving or elven jewelry ...

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