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by Jack the dodgy builder
Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:48 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Sourcing Shark / Ray Skin 'sandpaper'
Replies: 19
Views: 5699

Re: WANTED ;Shark / Ray Skin

Some how I missed this one. There are references to the use of fish skins (of the shark family) as a smoothing medium over a long peroid of time. Indeed the Royal Navy only only stopped using it for rust removal about 10 years ago (it came in 9 inch squares) . If I can find my research I will put so...
by Jack the dodgy builder
Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Klompen in C15
Replies: 12
Views: 1507

Re: Klompen in C15

There are mentions of Clogges in medieval times in the UK , The Wakefield mysteries contain a reference . Also the Clogge and Pattern makers together petioned various medieval Kings (Henry III ) to be allowed to make them from Poplar (which was reseverved for arrows) they where refused on each and e...
by Jack the dodgy builder
Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:25 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Carpenters, wheelwrights etc. wanted
Replies: 12
Views: 1981

Re: Carpenters, wheelwrights etc. wanted

Hmm Intersted . Cant make wheels but other carpentry no problem

Jack
by Jack the dodgy builder
Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: the 3 layers rule of mens clothing
Replies: 88
Views: 8561

Re: the 3 layers rule of mens clothing

I am not interested in the martial side of life but I am interested in building . I have to disagree with Mr Smith when he says there are "some " pictures of people working in little clothing . I have dozens and dozens examples of such in my collection I would guess that 50% plus of all pi...
by Jack the dodgy builder
Thu May 27, 2010 11:38 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Myth(?) of Detachable Sleeves in Elizabethan Doublets.
Replies: 9
Views: 3497

Re: The Myth(?) of Detachable Sleeves in Elizabethan Doublets.

Hello , I have found a few images but I have no idea how to get them onto here it doesnt seem to be quick or simple ? So I'll take slight issue with your childrens clothes thought is it not the general view that childrens clothes and inparticular posh one where a copy of adults? So laced in sleeves ...
by Jack the dodgy builder
Thu May 13, 2010 5:32 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Myth(?) of Detachable Sleeves in Elizabethan Doublets.
Replies: 9
Views: 3497

Re: The Myth(?) of Detachable Sleeves in Elizabethan Doublets.

Definatly not a re enactorism plenty of pictures from late 1400s, 1500 and early 1600 if you look hard enough (particularly on working men builders and the like). But not everybody all of the time .

Jack
by Jack the dodgy builder
Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:46 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Girls, this one is for you!
Replies: 37
Views: 9248

Re: Girls, this one is for you!

Sorry Im not a girl , but heres a qoute When studying the Suffragist movement and Selina Cooper [an Englishwoman who lived from 1864 - 1946], I came across a very interesting story about Mrs Cooper. When working in the cotton mills circa 1900, she was horrified to discover that the mill women used n...
by Jack the dodgy builder
Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:04 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Re-enacting but not in fields
Replies: 30
Views: 4478

Re: Re-enacting but not in fields

I resemble that remark mr 24b
hope all is well and hugs back to you as i think kisses between two badger faces might
lead to a perminant connection
by Jack the dodgy builder
Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:20 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Re-enacting but not in fields
Replies: 30
Views: 4478

Re: Re-enacting but not in fields

Actually what with the talking, tea drinking and shovel leaning its amazing that any work gets done!
by Jack the dodgy builder
Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:54 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Re-enacting but not in fields
Replies: 30
Views: 4478

Re: Re-enacting but not in fields

As a long standing Kentwell bloke I would agree whole heartily with Mr 23bs comments about Kentwell. I personally like renacting not in fields, in fact I cant understand why anyone would want to stand in a field and hit another person . but that aside, I like the close interaction with the public be...
by Jack the dodgy builder
Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: C15th Clothing Conondrums
Replies: 32
Views: 3887

Re: C15th Clothing Conondrums

These conondrums are really fascinating, good thread

Not wanting to be to perdantic but in the picture of the guy threshing the purpoint is clearly laced to the chaps hose?

Jack
by Jack the dodgy builder
Thu Nov 05, 2009 4:44 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Iron shod spades - where to buy them?
Replies: 11
Views: 3518

Re: Iron shod spades - where to buy them?

Hello,

Thers always Geoff Piters of ECENIRON , he doesnt have a web site but usually does TORM I think is email is geoffrey@piters.fsworld.co.uk

Hope this helps
Jack
by Jack the dodgy builder
Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:24 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fletching in an authentic setting- a query
Replies: 100
Views: 16136

Welcome to the mad house Simon,

Made sense to me .
Repairing goes well with me .

As for the feathers its not always possible in my experience to get two long fletching from every feather so I went for the worst case.
by Jack the dodgy builder
Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fletching in an authentic setting- a query
Replies: 100
Views: 16136

Just read this thread with some interest , Thought I would take it back . Is it likely that medieval archers where fletching there arrows on the eve of the battle ? I suspect that they may well, of been carrying out repairs but that is probably all . Fletching or arrow making was after all a well es...
by Jack the dodgy builder
Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fletching in an authentic setting- a query
Replies: 100
Views: 16136

Just read this thread with some interest , Thought I would take it back . Is it likely that medieval archers where fletching there arrows on the eve of the battle ? I suspect that they may well, of been carrying out repairs but that is probably all . Fletching or arrow making was after all a well es...
by Jack the dodgy builder
Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fletching in an authentic setting- a query
Replies: 100
Views: 16136

Just read this thread with some interest , Thought I would take it back . Is it likely that medieval archers where fletching there arrows on the eve of the battle ? I suspect that they may well, of been carrying out repairs but that is probably all . Fletching or arrow making was after all a well es...
by Jack the dodgy builder
Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Pine Tar/Pitch
Replies: 18
Views: 2550

As seems to be the case , I make a reply then scamper off to somewhere with no computer access . So I will try to be a little more specific this time. Apart from the making of small quantities by them arty or alchemy types. As far as I am aware there is no evidence at all of the production of wood T...
by Jack the dodgy builder
Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Pine Tar/Pitch
Replies: 18
Views: 2550

Did we make it in this country ? I think its called stockholm tar for a reason . Reason being not many pine trees in these parts in them days ;-} No forestry commission to blight the landscape or big enough wars to have all the other trees chopped down.
by Jack the dodgy builder
Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pourpoints and doublets
Replies: 33
Views: 6710

Yehp definatly pictures of people doing that Colin , but try working with that flapping around it drives you mad, is flipping dangerous if you are working anywhere other than the ground and arnt waving a very sharp thing around. There are lots of images of building workers in sleeveless doublets or ...
by Jack the dodgy builder
Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pourpoints and doublets
Replies: 33
Views: 6710

There is a quote from a visiting Venetian chappy around 1490 ( I think) Which always makes me chuckle and it goes something like this:- " There is nothing more consistant than the inconcistancy of English dress" So I think that a doublet with the sleeves unlaced which may be of linen and i...
by Jack the dodgy builder
Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pourpoints and doublets
Replies: 33
Views: 6710

There is a quote from a visiting Venetian chappy around 1490 ( I think) Which always makes me chuckle and it goes something like this:- " There is nothing more consistant than the inconcistancy of English dress" So I think that a doublet with the sleeves unlaced which may be of linen and i...
by Jack the dodgy builder
Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Simple Shelters?
Replies: 88
Views: 14920

I think firstly we have to think of population, it is hard to imagine in this day that the medieval population was a tenth of what it is now . The upshot of this is that people where spread much wider apart than now. Add to this devastating deseases and I believe you had a much more adaptable popula...
by Jack the dodgy builder
Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Simple Shelters?
Replies: 88
Views: 14920

I think that there where lots of people who used temporary shelters and there are lots of illustrations of them . all the building trades for a start . If you look at market scenes there is nearly always some sort of temporary shelter. What used to suprise me was the number of domed structures I don...
by Jack the dodgy builder
Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:36 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Simple Shelters?
Replies: 88
Views: 14920

So far I have really enjoyed reading this thread and hopefully what I have to say will add something. I suspect that I have more insight into this than many on this site. Firstly I served for 28 years and collected a number of hats along the way , Secondly I have spent along time on expeditions main...
by Jack the dodgy builder
Sun Feb 10, 2008 1:27 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax - Self assessment on line - anyone for a group hug?
Replies: 53
Views: 5609

Now Annie I have one envelope for each week !! numbered 1-52 as well as dated. and normally get everything in by the end of April each year , except for the year that my head end up being screwed on the wrong way around.!! I do not use an accountant too slow and not cost effective . I also have a se...
by Jack the dodgy builder
Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 15287

I am`going to throw in a wobbler here , Whilst in northern Italy last year . Went to a museum as you do lots about growing cotton and making cotton fabric from 1100 on wards .My friend translated a bit that seemed to say that cotton was so common for all, that the posh folks wore linen as it was not...
by Jack the dodgy builder
Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:33 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: 18th century oil bottles?
Replies: 9
Views: 1797

Just a quick one if you see tryne , tranye , trane ,train oil mentioned read whale oil also very good for honing

Jack
by Jack the dodgy builder
Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Latin Translation Help Wanted
Replies: 19
Views: 1900

A "Float" is a multi bladed tool with the blades set on edge .In use the blades act as scapers.They leave a fine surface which is not ridged as would happen if you used just a single scaper blade. They must have been conscidered very important as they feature on the bowyers coat of arms. T...
by Jack the dodgy builder
Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:06 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: The Order of Preference for Livery Companies
Replies: 19
Views: 2952

Its worth noting that this list is only for the London livery companies , who think they own the world but dont!!

The first precend list wasnt done until 1515 .

Carpenters granted liverey 1477

Spectacle makers 1629

So not as simple as it seems

Jack
by Jack the dodgy builder
Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:56 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 13787

It took me ages to find in all my stuff but there is a reference from 1541 R Copland;- Guydons Quest "They made soft tendre as of old linen" there are also some references to "scorched linen" but I cant find those. The recipes given earlier are I believe for the making of Touchwo...

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