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by Udwin
Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Patterned fabric, Dwarven or not??
Replies: 32
Views: 4130

Re: Patterned fabric, Dwarven or not??

Iodo wrote:
Udwin wrote: and the other from a pair of wool dress trousers

Is this, by any chance, the wool you sent me with your gift exchange package :?:


Hmmm, sort of camel-colored stuff? I think that was originally a skirt! Wound up being too small for my hood pattern IIRC.
by Udwin
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Patterned fabric, Dwarven or not??
Replies: 32
Views: 4130

Re: Patterned fabric, Dwarven or not??

If you're struggling to find appropriate material, FWIW I got the wool for my last two hoods from the thrift store--one from a big triangular scarf, and the other from a pair of wool dress trousers. Lined with linen from my scrap bag, they're thick enough to be very warm at night.
by Udwin
Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: WoodCraft
Topic: On the subject of blankets and shelters
Replies: 17
Views: 801

Re: On the subject of blankets and shelters

I'll second the Caveat Emptor remark; my first blanket for trekking purposes was a gray Hudson Bay 4-point....from eBay. For $65 in 2013 I thought it was a good deal, but it was an older style HBC, and was probably close to 100 years old. Super thin and scratchy, but still 5 pounds of weight. I woun...
by Udwin
Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: ME races and anthropology
Replies: 14
Views: 5167

Re: ME races and anthropology

I I would love to read epic fiction about the world the Taklimakan mummies inhabited. Oh absolutely. I find the Tarim Basin mummies SOOOooooo intriguing. IndoEuropean (Tocharian) speakers in western China?? So many questions! And from what I've found (probably because they're in China), nobody has d...
by Udwin
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: is your kit washing machine safe?
Replies: 7
Views: 760

Re: is your kit washing machine safe?

There are some 18th century American sources that mention longhunter-types never washing their clothes except when they get rained on, but those are from a specific context and kind of camp. I've found that I tend to not wash my items for the first say, six months-to-a-year (to get them some charact...
by Udwin
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Middle-earth Reenactment Society
Topic: Spring 2020 available now!
Replies: 8
Views: 1704

Spring 2020 available now!

The members of the MERS are proud to announce that the latest issue of Edge of the Wild is now available! With this issue we focus on options for better carrying your gear on the trail, and share some suggestions to make the cold comfortable. Check it out by direct PDF download HERE , or you can bro...
by Udwin
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Ranger's Pantry
Replies: 12
Views: 1054

Re: A Ranger's Pantry

Wonderful! So compact but no space is wasted. Love it, and wish my own kit could be so pared-down. (Just out of curiosity, what are the approximate dimensions of the stuffed tube?)
by Udwin
Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: All plants, animals, food, etc. mentioned in The Hobbit
Replies: 31
Views: 9808

Re: Cotton, Coffee, and Chocolate

I'm late to the party, so here are a bunch of responses to earlier points: -Sierrastrider, where did you find reference to sunflowers, oranges, and cadamom? Those don't ring a bell for me. -Chocolate, for reasons I can't quite pin down just yet, feels wrong. As far as I can tell, there is not so muc...
by Udwin
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Water Canteen
Replies: 10
Views: 2211

Re: Water Canteen

Someone was playing with the stuff though a couple years ago - Taurinor? Udwin? Hmm...from what I can tell, there seem to be a few things going by 'brewer's pitch'. I got a few pounds of Townsend's brewer's pitch in '14 for lining my large gourd canteen. They don't advertise the actual composition,...
by Udwin
Thu Jan 23, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: Middle-earth Reenactment Society
Topic: Winter in Wilderland
Replies: 13
Views: 2630

Re: Winter in Wilderland

What an ADVENTURE! The MERS guys and I have been on a fair amount of treks (7???) over the years, but none so far have been in conditions this extreme before. A couple of considerations, takeaways, and things I tried out will find their way into our next newsletter I'm sure! ; ) Sierrastrider, the b...
by Udwin
Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: Weapons & Armour
Topic: Morgul Blade.
Replies: 16
Views: 1650

Re: Morgul Blade.

"And more deadly to Frodo was this!' He stooped again and lifted up a long thin knife. There was a cold gleam in it. As Strider raised it they saw that near the end its edge was notched and the point was broken off. " LR I:12, Flight to the Ford
by Udwin
Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Human Culture(s)
Topic: Twelve Silver Pennies: coins of the Breelands
Replies: 15
Views: 4280

Re: Twelve Silver Pennies: coins of the Breelands

Ahhh, these are Incredible! It's been a long road, but I think you've really hit on something that looks and feels like authentic M-e currency, with research and logical extrapolation to back them up. Well done!!!
by Udwin
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Architecture of the Vale of Anduin
Replies: 12
Views: 1759

Re: The Architecture of the Vale of Anduin

You better get a drinking-bowl, Udwin! For on the trail use, I made this little birch kuksa some years back. It holds I think ~5 ounces, but is nice to have for drinking from springs, or broth, or one of the exotic beers that Odigan tends to bring on the trail. It's not from burl though, just twist...
by Udwin
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Human Culture(s)
Topic: The Garments of the Lake-men.
Replies: 19
Views: 3038

Re: The Garments of the Lake-men.

Lovely sketches! I can definitely imagine them en masse, forming up in front of the Lonely Mountain.
(Maybe it's the ink-and-watercolors, but I feel like they have a very Tolkien feeling to them!)
by Udwin
Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Architecture of the Vale of Anduin
Replies: 12
Views: 1759

Re: The Architecture of the Vale of Anduin

Great to see all these observations in one place! (also great that you have the wider European perspective which is more familiar with the styles JRRT is emulating.) In one of our earlier MERS newsletters I also concluded that thatched roofs was a common Northman trait. Off the top of my head, I can...

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