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by Kortoso
Sun May 13, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: The Prancing Pony
Topic: Happy Birthday Eric
Replies: 7
Views: 744

Re: Happy Birthday Eric

Eric C wrote:Thanks everyone. I had a great time at the Southeastern Spring Moot this weekend. It was fun spending my birthday with great people.


Happy birthday, brother Ranger!
by Kortoso
Sun May 13, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Faramir's Nail-Knife: Essential Kit or Ithilen field mod?
Replies: 9
Views: 740

Re: Faramir's Nail-Knife: Essential Kit or Ithilen field mod?

What comes to mind for me (mostly due to the usage rather than the name) is a small "patch-knife" as used by mountain men.
by Kortoso
Sun May 13, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on bottles?
Replies: 9
Views: 557

Re: Thoughts on bottles?

A stoneware bottle was not an unheard of thing. Jas Townsend sells one: http://www.townsends.us/stoneware-beer-bottle-p4179-p-1322.html http://lghttp.68199.nexcesscdn.net/806667C/Magento/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/800x800/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/p/-/p-4179.jpg I don't know about wi...
by Kortoso
Sun May 13, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: The Prancing Pony
Topic: Away but not forgotten, Happy Birthday Kortoso
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Re: Away but not forgotten, Happy Birthday Kortoso

Thank you brethren and sistren! ;)
Life is beautiful here in Chiang Mai, you must visit sometime. :D
by Kortoso
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: The Kerchief/Shemagh
Replies: 3
Views: 1600

Re: The Kerchief/Shemagh

I thought that we had another thread where we explored kerchiefs and the like. But this topic will do. As you know, I am across the sea now, in a tropic land. Daytime temperatures have been rising to 100F regularly. I have a cotton Japanese tenugui as a memento of one of my other adventures. I keep ...
by Kortoso
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Crafts & Skills
Topic: Period / Natural Leather Dyes
Replies: 9
Views: 836

Re: Period / Natural Leather Dyes

Looks like walnut hulls can be used, though I've not tried it:
http://www.practicalprimitive.com/skill ... kwalnutdye
by Kortoso
Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Away to Valinor!
Replies: 22
Views: 2140

Re: Away to Valinor!

I'd always assumed without thinking about it that the tengwar was inspired by (but not based on) Hebrew, based primarily on how it handles vowels - but also on its brushstroke form, the fact modern Hebrew was being reconstructed about the same time Tolkien was working on the tengwar, and that I'd h...
by Kortoso
Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Away to Valinor!
Replies: 22
Views: 2140

Re: Away to Valinor!

Hey guys, I'm here learning the Thai language. So funny, when it's transliterated into Roman letters, it looks like something that Lovecraft would dream up. :mrgreen: But looking at the letters of the Thai alphabet (which apparently is supposed to be referred as an "abugida"). I was at a B...
by Kortoso
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Away to Valinor!
Replies: 22
Views: 2140

Re: Away to Valinor!

Safe and sound in the enchanting land of Chiang Mai.
I've created a new Youtube channel, and I'm not sure if the URL works or not:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD0wf- ... subscriber
Give it a shot and please enjoy my adventures.
by Kortoso
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: Recreating Norway's Oldest Garment
Replies: 6
Views: 792

Re: Recreating Norway's Oldest Garment

Udwin wrote:Fascinating! I wonder what its value was at the time--760 hours is a LOT of womanhours. Thanks for sharing.

Basically, most people would have exactly one tunic.
Quite an interesting perspective.
by Kortoso
Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Away to Valinor!
Replies: 22
Views: 2140

Away to Valinor!

Well, I have chosen to retire in Thailand and I am leaving next week. What of the Ranger Kortoso? Could he have been invited to join the Elves in Valinor? There's little enough need for fantasy there. I will be living in a 700-year-old walled city among a people magical (or strange and enchanting an...
by Kortoso
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Flavors of Ithilien
Replies: 13
Views: 1069

Re: Flavors of Ithilien

What Greg said. Aside from the Ravenna influence on Minas Tirith, I always envisoned the Southern Kingdom of Gondor as the Byzantine Empire. Of course, Gondor never fell. The herbs mentioned fit that milieu perfectly. OT: I didn't know about that Ravenna connection. I wonder if Ravenna's fateful hi...
by Kortoso
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: These National Parks Could Be in Middle Earth
Replies: 3
Views: 580

These National Parks Could Be in Middle Earth

https://earther.com/these-national-parks-could-be-in-middle-earth-1822733939 Dan Bell is a biologist with a knack for map-making. Bell doesn’t draw just any old map, though. He likes to draw national park maps, and he pulls inspiration from J.R.R. Tolkien. Anyone who’s read The Lord of the Rings ser...
by Kortoso
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Flavors of Ithilien
Replies: 13
Views: 1069

Re: Flavors of Ithilien

It's interesting that these are largely Mediterranean native plants. Many have been cultivated in English gardens for some time, but I suppose that the author was intending to indicate that the heroes were not in their home lands anymore. In California, it's not hard to find similar species in the w...
by Kortoso
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Crafts & Skills
Topic: 3-D archery targets
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Re: 3-D archery targets

Orc targets are all fine, as long as you don't publicize it too much. Archery clubs and the online social network tend to get their knickers twisted in a knot when archers are shooting at humanoid targets. There's a range near me that sponsors a dinosaur hunt, with life-size(?) foam targets and such...

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