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by nathan
Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:05 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: 1 C Romans Interested?
Replies: 16
Views: 4144

Re: 1 C Romans Interested?

I do have one question. How many people have kit that is entirely made by re-enactors? If you're someone who is interested in history, produces useful items for re-enactors but don't do any yourself, does that mean you're useless and shouldn't even bother? Is it madatory to actually BE a re-enactor...
by nathan
Sun Jul 18, 2010 5:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Vegan alternatives to felt & leather
Replies: 23
Views: 3263

Re: Vegan alternatives to felt & leather

BTW, why is wool a problem? It's not like the sheep dislike having all that hot heavy wool taken off of them, infact they would die if it wasn't! http://www.veganpeace.com/animal_cruelty/wool.htm And they do shed naturally, bit of an exaggeration to suggest they would die without shearing. N.
by nathan
Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:51 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Vegan alternatives to felt & leather
Replies: 23
Views: 3263

Re: Vegan alternatives to felt & leather

Linen is obviously going to be a good option for most of your clothes. You are going to struggle to make hose in it that work (so you might be looking at a polyester/lycra suiting perhaps). Some Acrylics will pass for wool at 5 feet _but_ I don't recommend wearing them anywhere near an open fire. If...
by nathan
Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:14 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What does "Norton" mean?
Replies: 5
Views: 3191

Re: What does "Norton" mean?

norton is a combination of nor (north) and ton (enclosure, estate, homestead)
by nathan
Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:26 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Shield help
Replies: 5
Views: 6628

Re: Shield help

If the shield is not going to be used in combat you really don't need the fabric layers. These are added to make the shield stronger & better withstand blows, if it's not going to be hit you will not need it. It will of course make the faces of the plywood smoother (depending on the quality of p...
by nathan
Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: "Saxon" Clothing references?
Replies: 8
Views: 2197

Re: "Saxon" Clothing references?

Cloth And Clothing in Early Anglo-Saxon England, AD 450-700 (CBA Research Reports), Penelope Rogers (Author)

Covers the material earlier than Owen-Crocker

And feel free to ping me off list if there are specific questions.

N.
by nathan
Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:54 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: whitney blankets
Replies: 4
Views: 2287

Re: whitney blankets

Whitney blankets are probably not what you want m8, proper ones are worth a fortune to fur trade era types. Try your local charity shop, if you ask very nicely they should be able to save them for you (instead of dumping them as they don't seem to think there is a market for them). However they will...
by nathan
Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:28 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: leather armour for poorer Vikes/Saxons
Replies: 19
Views: 6464

Re: leather armour for poorer Vikes/Saxons

There is a reference in one of the scandanavian sagas to reindeer hides as armour but this is as far as I know an isolted reference. Just to be clear the Reindeer hide armour are iirc Reindeer cloaks that were enchanted by a Finnish magician. So you can provenance a cloak of protection +4 based on ...
by nathan
Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:05 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon style shield/axe?
Replies: 39
Views: 10054

As other have said, group first, soft kit first, you won't be able to train until 16 and fight before 18 (each group is different, that's a best case) so why worry about an axe and shield at 14. Just to make your life more complicated, it's either rawhide or leather to rim the shield (metal is a no-...
by nathan
Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:49 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Iron shield rim - how to attach?
Replies: 10
Views: 4231

Please don't, You will hurt somebody with it when it burrs due to hits from swords. It would be banned in any society I have ever been a member of for that reason. Assuming you don't mind cutting your mates and your society allows it (let us know who they are so we never end up facing it pls), the o...
by nathan
Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:09 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: thick cotton saxon cloak
Replies: 29
Views: 6840

[quote="Medicus Matt"]Tablet woven belt? That's going to be wool anyway unless you've got the money to lay someone to make a linen one.[quote] Why would a wool tablet-woven belt be more expensive that linen m8, it's the work that costs more-so than the fibre. Certainly my normal supplier w...
by nathan
Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:38 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: thick cotton saxon cloak
Replies: 29
Views: 6840

Honest advice - you are probably on a hiding to nowhere here, but it might be viable. As a strict Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian i had to make some serious choices when i started re-enacting. Simple reality is that leather and wool would have been essential components of clothing up until the invention of man...
by nathan
Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:50 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Help Wanted to Identifiy a French Sword
Replies: 2
Views: 2103

try www.swordforum.com they should be able to help you.
by nathan
Thu Jun 18, 2009 7:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 11th Century Tunic
Replies: 4
Views: 1165

Re: 11th Century Tunic

The plowman wrote:Anybody any ideas where I can purchase a good quality mid 11th century tunic.

Thanks,
David


what group are you in?

N.
by nathan
Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:51 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: How do you pay for it all in advance ?
Replies: 12
Views: 3082

Slight CUBA

Martin, don't rely on post-dated cheques, afaik the process of post-dating has been specifically disallowed by T&C's by all the big banks for at least the last 10 (if not longer) years. If a cheque is presented to a teller they will process it at that point.

HTH
N.
by nathan
Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:30 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Byzantine Exhibition, Royal Academy
Replies: 15
Views: 3503

Much of the European collection was closed (building works) when i visited a couple of months back. You may wish to phone to check, i presume now carlo's book is out the stuff that was missing from the one room that was open will be back.
by nathan
Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:10 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Looking for references to spearfighting
Replies: 15
Views: 5274

Aelfric wrote:As the Monkey says plenty of illustrations of warriors carrying multiple spears in their shield hand.


IIRC Alfred's law code (the same one that mentions helmets being a requirement for the fyrd) mentions 3 spears as part of the basic kit expected when you turn up for your fyrd duty.
by nathan
Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:53 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: making leather sword scabbard
Replies: 21
Views: 3372

period?

leather only or wooden core with leather on top?

N.
by nathan
Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:51 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Hello Folks.
Replies: 7
Views: 2801

Regia have a presence in Shropshire and South Wales (Cardiff & Swansea ways).

PM me for contact details.

N.
by nathan
Thu Jun 26, 2008 9:54 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th C jewelery for women
Replies: 7
Views: 1483

What sort of thing are you looking for? Been known to knock out a few things myself (case by case basis so send me piccies fenrirr1066ATyahooDOTcoDOTuk). Toby of the silver Wyvern (posts here as Henry Sommerset) is damn good and well worth talking to. And of course also worth talking with Steve Lunn...
by nathan
Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:31 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tablet woven braid
Replies: 6
Views: 1126

I tend to work the ends of the braid into the seam of the garment i'm attaching it to and stich through (across the width of) the braid very tightly at that point using a back-stitch (so the stitches come back through themselves), frays a little on he inside but only goes as far as my line oof tight...
by nathan
Thu May 08, 2008 8:37 am
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: A huscarl warrior
Replies: 25
Views: 6503

To add further fat to the fire I'd have to agree with Nigel on the axe, it's glaringly inaccurate for the overall presentation. Kite shields are shown point up when slung in every case I'm aware of, so that would theoretically be the norm. The mail length is debatable, you might think about represen...
by nathan
Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:03 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Costume advice, 'working' class, English/Scottish 1825-50
Replies: 3
Views: 5564

Costume advice, 'working' class, English/Scottish 1825-50

Hi all, i have been doing earlier (everything up to C15th) periods of re-enactment for the best parts of 10 years now. For a number of reasons (mostly centering around an impending move to Canada) I'm starting to look at later period stuff. Wondered if somebody could recommend a good book covering c...
by nathan
Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:56 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Historical novels that aren't utter drivel?
Replies: 79
Views: 20554

Second vote for Elizabeth Chadwick. The Greatest Knight is a good one to start with.
by nathan
Wed Mar 26, 2008 1:27 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Gambesons - reality or reenactorism
Replies: 19
Views: 6325

Re: Gambesons - reality or reenactorism

Just wondering if anyone knows of any archaeological evidence for gambesons, and if so what was the construction method i.e. layers of woolen materiel between linen or heavy canvass stuffed with fleece and stitched accordingly? No archaeological evidence i am aware of and scant literary references ...
by nathan
Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:58 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Eh? Is this likely...
Replies: 21
Views: 3890

Out of respect to Cal's legal position i can't in good conscience commit my opinions on this matter to his public forum.

There is a very good yahoo group (Ancient Artifacts) that discuss this matter and maintain a list of suspect dealers.

N.
by nathan
Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:47 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Herringbone weave, boiled wool, and flannel
Replies: 28
Views: 3470

Hobbitstomper wrote:It is not herringbone weave, just the normal over and under type (can't remember the name).


Tabby
by nathan
Mon Feb 18, 2008 3:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 24hrs till Jorvik advice needed urgent
Replies: 17
Views: 2994

Miranda Your kit was really not far off living history standard for a number of groups (never mind the general 'standard' in the trading area) so good on you. If you do find yourself doing a lot in that period feel free to give me a shout for ideas (a hangerock/apron dress would fit in well with fur...

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