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by Joolz
Sun Jan 05, 2014 3:47 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Who ate all the pies......?
Replies: 6
Views: 1902

Re: Who ate all the pies......?

And here's a little 'montage' I did with a pie made using the 4" dolly. Once filled and cooked, they actually come out around 5"+ in diameter (and, of course, taste lovely...!).
by Joolz
Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:31 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Who ate all the pies......?
Replies: 6
Views: 1902

Re: Who ate all the pies......?

"I'm moderately surprised at that - sycamore or beech are (nigh) universal for food use." In my research for making these, I never found an antique original dolly made from either beech or sycamore. All were from fruitwoods. I'm sure there are examples that aren't fruitwood, but they don't...
by Joolz
Sun Dec 22, 2013 4:45 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Who ate all the pies......?
Replies: 6
Views: 1902

Who ate all the pies......?

Here's a bit of period kitchenalia I've just completed - the pie-eaters amongst you should recognise them as Pie Dollies for making pork pies. They were traditionally turned from fruitwood - I've used apple - and these are sized to make 4" and 6" diameter pies. I'll be using them later in ...
by Joolz
Sun Dec 22, 2013 4:35 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Mmmmm.......Biscuits!
Replies: 2
Views: 1680

Re: Mmmmm.......Biscuits!

I've been busy again!

This one matches the one posted above, in sycamore again, but this time with a more heraldic theme - the English Rose and the French Fleur-de-Lys. No biscuits made with this one (yet) but I'm hoping to try it out sometime soon.....

Joolz
by Joolz
Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:22 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: SOLD: Western Holster
Replies: 2
Views: 583

Re: FS: Western Holster

Sold pending payment......
by Joolz
Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: SOLD: Western Holster
Replies: 2
Views: 583

SOLD: Western Holster

or, more correctly, a Three Quarter Skirt Mexican Double Loop Holster (and belt). Made from top quality dark brown (chocolate?) saddle leather (sorry colours are a bit washed out on photos), a smidge under 4mm thick, single ply, with all edges dressed and sealed, stitched and riveted belt, 18 bullet...
by Joolz
Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:32 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Sword Fullers
Replies: 3
Views: 1004

Re: Sword Fullers

It stands to reason that if you have a long, narrow thrusting blade (such as a tuck/estoc or the later rapier), possibly hollow-ground, if you fullered it, it would then become very floppy. So instead you give it a central ridge (or a diamond cross-section) for rigidity.....

Joolz
by Joolz
Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:13 am
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: BOOM!
Replies: 11
Views: 10490

Re: BOOM!

Cheers Ewelina - I try my best!

Joolz
by Joolz
Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:10 am
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: a-hunting we will go!
Replies: 26
Views: 8854

Re: a-hunting we will go!

Here are a couple more 18thC style trade/hunting knives, resurrected from old carbon steel kitchen knives I find in junk shops. They are then cleaned up and de-rusted, re-shaped and re-hilted. Try it - it's a good way to get practice in cutlering and gives a new lease of life to an old knife..... Th...
by Joolz
Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:29 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: 'hawks and doves.....
Replies: 1
Views: 1493

'hawks and doves.....

I got a load of Cold Steel tomahawks in for the HEMA/WMA salle I run - most will be blunted and used in class, but I thought I would work on my tan this weekend and play around with one in the sun....to see if I can make it a little 'prettier' with a bit of honest graft..... First, off comes the har...
by Joolz
Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:45 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: BOOM!
Replies: 11
Views: 10490

Re: BOOM!

And here's the chain shot, 3" solid steel balls (for a 4lb cannon). I'm ever-so-tempted to make bar or star shot next......
by Joolz
Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: BOOM!
Replies: 11
Views: 10490

Re: BOOM!

John, that seems an awfully complicated and expensive way of making grenados, particularly as you can buy the steel balls, already dressed and pre-drilled, for pennies. They just require cleaning up, a couple of coats of paint, and a bung. Let me know next time you need some and I will sort you out....
by Joolz
Fri Jun 07, 2013 3:03 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: BOOM!
Replies: 11
Views: 10490

Re: BOOM!

Yeah, it's only when you hold one of these in your hands that you realise just what those poor b*stards marching in line on the field of a Napoleonic/Crimean/Civil War battle had to face. And also just how brave they were, and how well disciplined. And these aren't even as big as some of the more co...
by Joolz
Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:47 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: BOOM!
Replies: 11
Views: 10490

Re: BOOM!

This evening, I just finished stringing some grapeshot (below), the scourge of both cavalry and infantry on the 18thC battlefield. I've made up some 2" and some 3" - the 2" version has a dozen steel balls of 16mm diameter, and the 3" version has 18 balls of 1" (25mm) diamete...
by Joolz
Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: BOOM!
Replies: 11
Views: 10490

Re: BOOM!

Cheers guys, I have added to my collection of explosive ordnance - I've made some more grenados, but I've also been making 18thC mortar shells. The ones below are 6", all steel (except for fuse, of course) and I have some 8" ones in the pipeline (these are bigger than a human head!!). Noti...
by Joolz
Sun May 19, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Sure as eggs is eggs......
Replies: 2
Views: 1493

Sure as eggs is eggs......

.....as the saying goes. Back in the days before KP were around to tempt you to nibble on their nuts, if you had spent the day imbibing down your local tavern and needed something to soak up the ale before mounting your steed and trotting back to the missus, you cornered the serving wench, crossed h...
by Joolz
Sun May 19, 2013 1:19 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Mmmmm.......Biscuits!
Replies: 2
Views: 1680

Mmmmm.......Biscuits!

I have spent an excellent weekend doing two things that are close to my heart (and stomach!) - woodcarving and baking.... Here are the results - a period kitchenalia classic - the carved biscuit mould. This particular one I hand carved from sycamore, a traditional 'kitchen' wood because of its stren...
by Joolz
Thu May 16, 2013 11:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Glove makers?
Replies: 11
Views: 2215

Re: Glove makers?

I usually go to Chester Jefferies when I want bespoke gloves. However, they're not really set up for doing 'period' gloves; for those I guess it comes back down to Karl.

http://www.chesterjefferies.co.uk/scripts/default.asp

Joolz
by Joolz
Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Axe loops
Replies: 0
Views: 642

Axe loops

An interesting mini-discussion on the MyArmoury forum about carrying axes in your belt (and the naffness of axe-rings) brought up this little illustration of a leather loop on the belt of a handgonner carrying a spiked axe. Sorry if you guys already knew about this, I just thought I would put it 'ou...
by Joolz
Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:39 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: a-hunting we will go!
Replies: 26
Views: 8854

Re: a-hunting we will go!

@Steve, I'm sure I posted some simple ones on another thread. I'm working on some with fancy guards (possibly shells, too) for the New Year.... @AndyandHelen, The carving only extends for around 3 feet or so (not 6'). I've been woodcarving for long enough that it didn't take an age to do, you just h...
by Joolz
Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:09 am
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: a-hunting we will go!
Replies: 26
Views: 8854

Re: a-hunting we will go!

Well, I finally finished my Boar Spear. I carved the ash shaft with 67 quatrefoil paterae in a diaper pattern that covers just over half of the shaft. It greatly improves the grip you have on the spear, but also looks fantastic and really makes it look like a weapon fit for a 16th century monarch! T...
by Joolz
Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Ball Blocks
Replies: 10
Views: 3495

Re: Ball Blocks

Keith, I tend to get inspiration from stuff I've seen on the Contemporary Makers blogspot and the Traditional Muzzleloading Forum in the States. Although some of the designs are commonly seen (usually the simpler ones, after all, it's just a piece of wood with some holes bored in) I like to experime...
by Joolz
Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:59 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Honest Opinion Wanted (I know that I will get it here)
Replies: 31
Views: 5865

Re: Honest Opinion Wanted (I know that I will get it here)

To continue meandering off topic, my current FEO is a WWII re-enactor himself, and also makes arms and armour, and is a member of one of my clubs. Needless to say, I've not had any issues with him (quite the opposite!). My last one nearly had apoplexy when going through all my 'toys' (and not just t...
by Joolz
Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:40 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: WW1 Lances
Replies: 1
Views: 743

WW1 Lances

Just to give you guys the heads up, I was in my local gunshop/militaria dealers yesterday (Barbican Armoury, Brancepeth Castle - look it up), and amongst all the really interesting stuff he has, there were a pair of 1915 dated British cavalry lances, bamboo, with red/white pennons, cord wrap grip an...
by Joolz
Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:20 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: a-hunting we will go!
Replies: 26
Views: 8854

Re: a-hunting we will go!

And to continue the hunting theme, here's the start of the companion piece to the Boar Sword - a Boar Spear! The head is finished, I just have to mount it. I have the ash pole, but I think I will carve the haft, as most of these had something to improve the grip (usually a criss-cross of leather tho...
by Joolz
Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Steel for armour
Replies: 19
Views: 2440

Re: Steel for armour

Why not normal mild steel sheet? It's just as inauthentic as any other material currently available, it's inexpensive, and easy to work. I would suggest going to the Armour Archive. The answers to all your armouring questions will be found there..... http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB3/index.php ...
by Joolz
Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:02 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Licencing - muskets etc.
Replies: 96
Views: 26856

Re: Licencing - muskets etc.

Brand makes a good point: too many people who would like to get into shooting think that a Firearms Certificate is a 'golden ticket' that they can use to just walk into a gun shop and buy whatever they fancy. In fact, you technically have to justify each and every one of your firearms to your Chief ...
by Joolz
Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Licencing - muskets etc.
Replies: 96
Views: 26856

Re: Licencing - muskets etc.

And the last page, with a particularly poor photo of a storage box. I make my own.
by Joolz
Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:12 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Licencing - muskets etc.
Replies: 96
Views: 26856

Re: Licencing - muskets etc.

Well, to start that one off (and I know it doesn't answer your specific questions), here's the storage guidelines supplied by my local force, when I renewed last month. My licence came with the RCA document incorporated, also co-terminus with my FAC and SGC.
by Joolz
Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:30 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Licencing - muskets etc.
Replies: 96
Views: 26856

Re: Licencing - muskets etc.

Good advice, I suppose (I'm a member myself) except not everyone who uses blank firers does WWII (or even 20thC....). From what I know of the relevant act, an (unlicenced) blank firer needs to have a permanent drill-resistant blockage incorporated into the barrel, and the gases from combustion of th...

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