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by Taurinor
Thu May 07, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Many ways to carry stuff - Experimentation
Replies: 21
Views: 9022

Re: Many ways to carry stuff - Experimentation

My goodness, you've been busy! That all looks lovely! I played with the swag some (used it on my first overnight outing), and it's a solid system. I actually ended up wearing the bedroll horizontally across my shoulder blades to shift the weight a little bit higher, which was a little more comfortab...
by Taurinor
Mon May 04, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Weapons & Armour
Topic: Detachable Spear Heads - Feasible?
Replies: 14
Views: 6259

Re: Detachable Spear Heads - Feasible?

It's something that's been discussed here before, from time to time, so you're not alone in considering it! I know the Cold Steel Bushman (with the black finish stripped off, to reduce the tacti-cool appearance) has been brought up here a few times as a reasonably inexpensive off-the-shelf option fo...
by Taurinor
Mon May 04, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: MERF Random Adventure Pictures
Replies: 214
Views: 69997

Re: MERF Random Adventure Pictures

That's excellent! Seems like a good way to pass these times. I'm fortunate enough to live on three acres of woods that butt up against a fair amount of undeveloped land, so I can head to the back of my property and pretend :mrgreen: I snuck away from working remotely a few weeks ago to film for a vi...
by Taurinor
Mon May 04, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Custom Pipkin
Replies: 10
Views: 4936

Re: Custom Pipkin

Well that's just lovely!

I was messaging a potter about getting a custom pipkin for my kit, but the conversation just sort of stalled out, as online back-and-forths are wont to do.

Any details you can give us on dimensions, capacity, weight, etc?
by Taurinor
Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: WoodCraft
Topic: Pot hanging chain length?
Replies: 16
Views: 6996

Re: Pot hanging chain length?

it's making me wonder why in all the bush-craft videos I've watched/books I've read etc... everyone uses a chain/stick with notches in to hang the pot above the fire when you can just put the pot on the heat instead, there must be some advantage? Time would be my guess. For nestling the pot, you te...
by Taurinor
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: WoodCraft
Topic: Pot hanging chain length?
Replies: 16
Views: 6996

Re: Pot hanging chain length?

Low center of gravity, and care where you place it. That is - you want your pot resting on something that won't shift as material burns away. I'm not heating *on* coals so much as *against* coals, if that makes sense. if I remember correctly you said your iron pot is the same height as it is wide, ...
by Taurinor
Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: WoodCraft
Topic: Pot hanging chain length?
Replies: 16
Views: 6996

Re: Pot hanging chain length?

I don’t use a chain (I just put my pots in the coals), so take this with salt to taste, but I’d think the length required would depend on how you’ve built your fire, what you’re burning (some woods burn hotter than others), and what you’re making your support from (green wood vs dry, hardw...
by Taurinor
Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Valiant Armoury Bristol
Replies: 10
Views: 6974

Re: Valiant Armoury Bristol

That said, I have enough pointies around, and it'd be more fitting if someone just getting started has a crack at it. Elleth makes an excellent point, which is pretty much the only thing stopping me. That, and I typically don’t carry a sword out and about (longknives and axes seem to draw less at...
by Taurinor
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: WoodCraft
Topic: On the subject of blankets and shelters
Replies: 24
Views: 11717

Re: On the subject of blankets and shelters

I mostly second everything everyone else has said! I have a few wool blankets, but I tend to use a twin-size Israeli military surplus blanket (100% wool) in mild weather and a second-hand 6 point (queen size) HBC in colder weather. It was also the golden yellow color, but I dunked it in some brown R...
by Taurinor
Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Human Culture(s)
Topic: Rider of Rohan (or Foot Soldier of Rohan)
Replies: 22
Views: 18523

Re: Rider of Rohan (or Foot Soldier of Rohan)

Since you are a medieval reenactor also, are you familiar with the event "Days of Knights"? Our group attends every year and it might be worth your time to check it out. It's the most authentic medieval living history reenactment event you're likely to find. Those are wonderful pictures o...
by Taurinor
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Human Culture(s)
Topic: Rider of Rohan (or Foot Soldier of Rohan)
Replies: 22
Views: 18523

Re: Rider of Rohan (or Foot Soldier of Rohan)

yep :P a few years ago I asked an forestry commission ranger if the place had any history, he just shrugged and said that it use to be farm land, then when the fabric trade in Maccelsfield needed wood for canal boats and machinery, about 150 years ago, someone planted trees on it, clearly this is n...
by Taurinor
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Human Culture(s)
Topic: Rider of Rohan (or Foot Soldier of Rohan)
Replies: 22
Views: 18523

Re: Rider of Rohan (or Foot Soldier of Rohan)

Probably not the right venue, but I'd be really interested in seeing what you've found, if you are willing or able to share. No worries! So basically it seems that Foresters were typically called upon as archers during time of war and also that they would arrive mounted. I'll try to dig up more inf...
by Taurinor
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Human Culture(s)
Topic: Rider of Rohan (or Foot Soldier of Rohan)
Replies: 22
Views: 18523

Re: Rider of Rohan (or Foot Soldier of Rohan)

That's a good looking kit! My regular medieval impression is that of a forester during the Barons Wars in 1215 and I have found some some really good information regarding foresters going to war as companies of archers and also mounted so it will kill two birds with one stone! Probably not the right...
by Taurinor
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Hard kit from my latest trek
Replies: 33
Views: 29799

Re: Hard kit from my latest trek

I did yet another overnighter (March 7th - 8th) at Caledon State Park (it's where I like to take folks to sort of ease them into the "trekking" thing), and I took the opportunity to take a picture of my gear as it is now! This has made the rounds on FB, but I wanted to post it here, as wel...
by Taurinor
Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: The beginning of my kit clothing (pic heavy)
Replies: 33
Views: 26211

Re: The beginning of my kit clothing (pic heavy)

Not so much the beginning of my soft kit any more, since it's been over 6(?!) years , but I didn't feel like starting a new topic, so please excuse the necroposting and consider this an update. I took a picture of the soft kit I used on an overnighter at the beginning of the month (March 7th - 8th)....