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by Taurinor
Wed Sep 15, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Dunedain Culture
Topic: Numenorean Crossbows!
Replies: 2
Views: 527

Re: Numenorean Crossbows!

I haven't picked up a copy of NoMe yet, so I don't know the full context for the part that you're quoting, but I don't know if that quote alone entirely supports that conclusion. It seems that the quote differentiates between crossbows (or "cross-bows") and bows, so I'd expect the "bo...
by Taurinor
Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: On period waterproofing
Replies: 3
Views: 1246

Re: On period waterproofing

I'm thinking about some of the linen scraps I've used to apply wax/neatsfoot oil to leather, and while I don't know if I'd call them pleasant I wonder if "dubbined" fabric was ever used in any amount. Or failing that, some other grease-based finish. It seems squick, but I could imagine *s...
by Taurinor
Mon Feb 01, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: New Projects in the Works
Replies: 63
Views: 16798

Re: New Projects in the Works

That looks incredible! Both the pouch itself, and how well it fits with the rest of your gear!
by Taurinor
Mon Feb 01, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Coffee Thoughts
Replies: 9
Views: 2487

Re: Coffee Thoughts

If memory serves, one of the dwarves in the Hobbit asked for coffee Good memory! Some called for ale, and some for porter, and one for coffee, and all of them for cakes; so the hobbit was kept very busy for a while. A big jug of coffee had just been set in the hearth, the seed-cakes were gone, and ...
by Taurinor
Thu Dec 24, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: Grey wool cloak
Replies: 8
Views: 2586

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: 19010

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: 19010

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: 17
Views: 5577

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: 14135

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: 3682

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: 14135

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: 277
Views: 128367

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: 277
Views: 128367

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: 277
Views: 128367

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: 277
Views: 128367

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...