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by SierraStrider
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Crafts & Skills
Topic: Charcoal burning: anyone done it?
Replies: 5
Views: 1258

Re: Charcoal burning: anyone done it?

I don't think there are any real rules of thumb on "X minutes per pound" or anything like that; it would be so dependent on surface area of the sticks, total volume of the pile, etc. That said, the pile should give pretty good indications; if you use the Primitive Technology method, you wa...
by SierraStrider
Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Crafts & Skills
Topic: Charcoal burning: anyone done it?
Replies: 5
Views: 1258

Re: Charcoal burning: anyone done it?

I've done a bit, but plan to do a BUNCH coming up now that the first rains have fallen here in CA. Here's an interesting video . It doesn't necessarily show much different than the video you already posted, but it's a good resource. For those not familiar with this youtube channel, turning on subtit...
by SierraStrider
Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: Looking to have my Kit Critiqued
Replies: 11
Views: 1356

Re: Looking to have my Kit Critiqued

It's always kind of cool when you see a kit as a series of photos and it goes like:
Costume--costume--costume--pretty nice costume--perilous-looking individual.

That hood goes up and suddenly I don't want to get on your bad side. It really makes the look come to life.
by SierraStrider
Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Crafts & Skills
Topic: What are we doing?
Replies: 6
Views: 782

Re: What are we doing?

I'm contemplating a need-wallet and patterning some cloaks...steeling myself to buy the vast quantities of expensive cloth required for that endeavor.
by SierraStrider
Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Architecture of the Vale of Anduin
Replies: 12
Views: 1076

Re: The Architecture of the Vale of Anduin

https://sciencenordic.com/archaeology-denmark-society--culture/what-colour-did-the-vikings-paint-their-houses/1438481 Quite an interestinarticle related to the topic of Painted houses in Viking Scandinavia Mycket intressant. Some... odd ideas about authenticity, from my perspective. Paint the hall ...
by SierraStrider
Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: The Prancing Pony
Topic: It's the Day you've all been waiting for !
Replies: 10
Views: 1085

Re: It's the Day you've all been waiting for !

Greg wrote:Thanks, all! Spent the day boiling oil...


I I need to get me a good boiling oil setup. Last time, the door-to-door solicitors breached the enceinte before I was able to drive them off, and recently I've spotted them constructing siege engines just out of bow range.

Happy birthday!
by SierraStrider
Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Elvish Culture
Topic: The Elves! The elves! What are we going to do with the Elves!
Replies: 27
Views: 2759

Re: The Elves! The elves! What are we going to do with the Elves!

The poem about Princess Mee states some quite fantastical but still interesting things about her dress; "She had pearls in hair All threaded fair; Of gossamer shot with gold Was her kerchief made, And a silver braid Of stars about her throat. Of moth-web light All moonlit-white..." A goss...
by SierraStrider
Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Hidden Water Bottle Idea
Replies: 9
Views: 1155

Re: Hidden Water Bottle Idea

If you're looking for a less modern-looking metal bottle, there are a lot of copper bottles available for sale online. Look for "ayurvedic copper bottle" and you're likely to find something. I haven't been able to find any that convincingly look like they could've been produced by traditio...
by SierraStrider
Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Non-Tolkien Rangers
Topic: The Gwelf Survival Guide!!
Replies: 5
Views: 2539

Re: The Gwelf Survival Guide!!

Eulalia! Forward the Long Patrol!
by SierraStrider
Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: On Oiled Silk
Replies: 20
Views: 3295

Re: On Oiled Silk

On the topic of oiled silks, i want to know if it can be dyed? In that case, oiled green spider-silk might be a good material for what the Elves of Mirkwood use for their Layered leaf clothes. The silk can certainly be dyed prior to oiling, though what all is involved in silk dyeing, I couldn't say...
by SierraStrider
Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Dúnedain Waxed Leather Water Bottle
Replies: 15
Views: 1377

Re: Dúnedain Waxed Leather Water Bottle

Taurinor wrote:How was it kept warm?


I know the best way I've found to keep wax warm is an electric skillet. For larger volumes, I suspect something like an Instant Pot would function on similar principles--hot enough to melt the wax, but thermostatically controlled to promote even heating and avoid fire risk.
by SierraStrider
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: WMA / NMA
Topic: Monthly Ranger Training Logs, 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 1094

Re: Monthly Ranger Training Logs, 2019

Only 13 miles in October--on foot, at least. In my defense, I did a LOT of cycling, and even beat some records for segments in my area. I did also beat my personal record for a 5k at the end of the month--23:25. Not amazing, but not pitiful, either.
by SierraStrider
Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Gatherings
Topic: Moot at Färnelond
Replies: 7
Views: 2979

Re: Moot at Färnelond

Sierra Strider; that "little guy" is a representation of Skadi, on skis, hunting reindeer. There are also snowflakes, clouds, fir trees, runes, etc. :) Hope that helps. Eledhwen Ah, visst, en perfekt bild för staven. Such a staff is well-appointed for a ski lurk...though one would be reul...
by SierraStrider
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Gatherings
Topic: Moot at Färnelond
Replies: 7
Views: 2979

Re: Moot at Färnelond

Oh, man, I've been in the process of designing a walking staff and yours is very near what i'm looking for--not so ornate that it's distracting or diminishes functionality, but decidedly more than a mere stick. Gorgeous. I might well be consulting these pictures for some design elements. Is that a l...
by SierraStrider
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: On Oiled Silk
Replies: 20
Views: 3295

Re: On Oiled Silk

The dressing is a commercial mixture, by the same manufacturer as my raincoat--according to them, it's composed of mineral oil, lanolin, vitamin E oil, and various unspecified waxes--chiefly paraffin, if I had to guess. Not exactly period, but it's what I had to hand. I think I'd use beeswax and lan...

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