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by Dave B
Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:52 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Who the hell are you?
Replies: 520
Views: 66347

Dave B, your daughter is ADORABLE! Does she reenact yet? She started in the womb, the missus had to have a medieval maternity dress. she went MOP to berkley the eyar before last at 5 weeks old, but she had her own kit by Tintagel when she was 7 weeks. so at age 20 months, she is now into her third ...
by Dave B
Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:01 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Who the hell are you?
Replies: 520
Views: 66347

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c146/DaveB14/helen0001sml.jpg Me and my little girl a year or so ago. http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c146/DaveB14/oldbikes0004.jpg A younger, thinner me building a rat chop from scrap in a house we borrowed in salford circa 1993? http://i26.photobucket.com/album...
by Dave B
Sun Feb 18, 2007 10:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dyed breeches
Replies: 20
Views: 2125

Perfect for low status garb Dave This interested me. do we know that unbleached and undyed fabrics are always low status? I had an interesting conversation with Stuart the authenti-wool chap. you know, historical management associates? publishes the pamphlet history books? He was suggesting that on...
by Dave B
Sun Feb 18, 2007 5:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dyed breeches
Replies: 20
Views: 2125

Interesting. I picked up some unbleached irish linen at hte fair, its sort of caramac colour. I was thinking of doing a shirt and brais from it.
by Dave B
Wed Feb 14, 2007 11:44 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to help a beginner
Replies: 53
Views: 7104

Plate arms (best thing bought so far) be very carefull of plate arms using a pole weapon. there is something about the geometry of the situation that means that as you attack the plate on your forearm forms a perfect angle to divert yourt opponents attack. Up your left nostril. I tried it a coupe o...
by Dave B
Tue Feb 13, 2007 7:10 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Tudors and Birthdays
Replies: 7
Views: 2152

Is it your birthday tommorow Lid? Gosh, I never would have guessed! I wonder if it is anyone else's birthday tommorow? :D
by Dave B
Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:52 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to help a beginner
Replies: 53
Views: 7104

I would have said that you would have been better in another area 'forum help advice and support' is for help about using the forum, but never mind. 1. IMHO: a heavyish jack, helmet, and some sort of padded gloves or gauntlets. 2. Train. I reccomend the EMA training event if you can get a place, tal...
by Dave B
Sat Feb 10, 2007 10:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 57234

Anything definite yet?

We've supproted the event several times in the past, but I think that in a couple more weeks we'll have ruled it out
by Dave B
Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Improving my LH sewing kit
Replies: 60
Views: 9494

I would be interested to see some pictures?
by Dave B
Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:07 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Medieval body / face / ear piercings
Replies: 16
Views: 5399

Dave B wrote:Does that include this one by Diebold Schilling the elder from the zurich chronicle (about 1480?)


Ooops, sorry, Spiezer Schilling. Titled 'arrival of baptised heathens in berne', aparently they are Roma.
by Dave B
Tue Jan 23, 2007 11:54 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Acid Etching
Replies: 19
Views: 2554

I keep expecting to see you on the news Guthrie, and not in a good way :wink:
by Dave B
Sun Jan 21, 2007 6:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Improving my LH sewing kit
Replies: 60
Views: 9494

I collect various bits of chalks (sad eh) for my weird stuff, have some from I oW Needles and it is really hard and some from near me and you can score it with your finger nail. . We are building a plant at Bridlington (NE yorks) and the chalk there is lovely, very pure white, and soft but not too ...
by Dave B
Sun Jan 21, 2007 3:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Improving my LH sewing kit
Replies: 60
Views: 9494

gregory23b wrote:Raw chalk can be too hard on some cloths.


You might be surprised, have a dig about in a chalky area and it comes up in a variety of consistancies.
by Dave B
Sun Jan 21, 2007 12:35 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Improving my LH sewing kit
Replies: 60
Views: 9494

Re: Improving my LH sewing kit

- Period equivalent to tailor's chalk Sophia Natural chalk is often denser and harder than blackboard chalk, and can be split into 'wedges' actualy is works better than taylors chalk on dark colours. You can just pick it up from the ground in many parts of britain so I am confident it was used for ...
by Dave B
Fri Jan 19, 2007 11:21 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Medieval body / face / ear piercings
Replies: 16
Views: 5399

sally wrote:ooh, theres another pointy hat in that painting! 8) Thats three medieval pointy hats I've got now


Does that include this one by Diebold Schilling the elder from the zurich chronicle (about 1480?)

Image
by Dave B
Fri Jan 19, 2007 11:09 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: old illustrations and roman pots
Replies: 8
Views: 1828

You just reminded me of the funniest 'naughty' images I ever saw, and perhaps also the scene that most kake me feel I was in tought with the past. My father is a metallurgist and very into historical metallurgy. he also got interested in general industrial archiology and was involved in opening up v...
by Dave B
Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Curing/Hardening leather?
Replies: 24
Views: 2496

Annie the Pedlar wrote:Oh, I have the answer to that :)
Use a double boiler.


Also known as a Bain-marie if you're a cook. very usefull for melting chocolate.
by Dave B
Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Garage conversion suitable for costume storage
Replies: 15
Views: 1967

I don't know anything aobut costumes, but I do know a bit about buildings etc. There are some great insulation products If you are going to store anything you are going to need at least some minimal heatinf for frost protection and to keep the damp down. really that's going to have to be electric. I...
by Dave B
Sun Jan 14, 2007 2:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Curing/Hardening leather?
Replies: 24
Views: 2496

Don't boil it, it will shrivel and crinkle and go rock hard but be totally distorted and be like a concrete leather quaver. there are techniques that do involve cooking the leather (probably short of boiling) which produces cuirbouille (sp) literally cooked leather. a freind who was into shooting u...
by Dave B
Tue Jan 09, 2007 1:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: A case for redefining standards ?
Replies: 51
Views: 4177

Panda wrote:anything of use to reenactors that is made in Ireland is shipped out to some gods gorsaken place...


We call it 'England'
by Dave B
Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:41 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 18267

Just I thought, Once gunpowder was commonly used, might military types have used a pinch of black powder with thier flint and steel?
by Dave B
Mon Jan 08, 2007 10:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: A case for redefining standards ?
Replies: 51
Views: 4177

i second that. i cant stand using machines. they go too fast for me and stress me out completely! then the fabric gets chewed up, the needle unthreads itself every few seconds, interspersed with the bobbin thingy gummy snapping, or needing to be changed, and too many levers, pullies, buttons... nop...
by Dave B
Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:32 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: ww2 photos made with 1930s camera
Replies: 8
Views: 2345

THey are absolutely superb. The black and white ones look 'realer' than the colour to my eye I know that the Kodachrome process has been essentially the same since 1935, and I'm guessing that you are using modern Kodachrome film (all other suppliers use the AGFA process) however the colours on colou...
by Dave B
Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:04 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 18267

I just tried the very dry unwashed fleece. No chance.

Will try a few other ideas.
by Dave B
Fri Jan 05, 2007 10:02 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 18267

I'm also experimenting. Just been and fetched some unwashed wool I collected of barbed wire, and it's drying in a low oven. I've a flint n steel ready to go. But you are right, it's hit the books first. It's worth noting that they had the aperatus, I belive that high qulaity brown charcoal for gunpo...
by Dave B
Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:47 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 18267

On third thoughts, is it really a LENEL issue ? We know that flints and steels were ubiquitus. that is evidence that they were some use. therefore medieval (and earlier) peoples must have had something to catch sparks. that something must have been biodegradebly so we cannot expect artefacts. Unless...
by Dave B
Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:37 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 18267

I have it in the back of my mind that you can catch a spark directly in unwashed sheeps wool? if that is the case perhaps Charcloth was unneccesary, given the prevalence of the wool trade.

Anyone know if that's right?

Dave
by Dave B
Fri Jan 05, 2007 8:40 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 18267

Put in a bit of a silly way, but valid; this is one of the cases where LENEL does apply, you just wouldn't expect any archiology or illustations for this, all you could hope for is a documentary source

Dave
by Dave B
Fri Jan 05, 2007 6:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: A case for redefining standards ?
Replies: 51
Views: 4177

You have to ask yourself, why are there too many lords and ladies, not enough archers and billmen. Again, you must be looking in the wrong places. There aren't in the good groups. I would have to entirely disagre with you there. Certainly in the context of WOTR or thereabouts, which I think is what...
by Dave B
Fri Jan 05, 2007 5:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Iceni costume query
Replies: 6
Views: 1732

If you are starting from scratch then perhaps the osprey books, there are a couple that might be relevant here:

http://www.ospreypublishing.com/content1.php/cid=206