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by Lonestan
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval gardening tools
Replies: 3
Views: 69

Medieval gardening tools

Hi, I'm looking for someone who can craft some medieval gardening tools - whatever their equivalent of a hand trowel, hand fork, fork and hoe probably as a start off. I'm under the assumption that these things probably haven't changed much through the years, and certainly a few of the pictures that ...
by Lonestan
Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Making medieval shoes
Replies: 13
Views: 2777

Re: Making medieval shoes

Apparently 'Shoes and Pattens: Finds from Medieval Excavations in London' by Grew, de Neergaard and Mitford is a good book, but I've not bought it yet (amazon is awaiting my credit card).
by Lonestan
Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Forest Law
Replies: 41
Views: 5382

Re: Forest Law

Hey Colin, that is a very cool find. I shall definitely be making a purchase, and then adding it to the (gargantuan) pile that need to be read!
by Lonestan
Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Making medieval shoes
Replies: 13
Views: 2777

Re: Making medieval shoes

Its a booklet by Dave Rushworth - Alice the Huswyf pointed me at it. I found the booklet [quote][/quote]on amazon. I had to have a bit of a play to get the pattern to work, but I'm now onto my third pair of shoes in as many weeks
by Lonestan
Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Making medieval shoes
Replies: 13
Views: 2777

Re: Making medieval shoes

Now then, I've got two pairs of turnshoes made (hurrah!), following the instructions from the booklet (see below). I did as instructed and soaked the finished shoe overnight to soften, and then went mental with wooden spatulas and a fair amount of swearing to turn them. I have seen since, however, t...
by Lonestan
Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:26 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th C pliers
Replies: 12
Views: 1615

Re: 15th C pliers

You know what, Steven, that's just what I want them for too!
Thanks for the advice, all!
by Lonestan
Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th C pliers
Replies: 12
Views: 1615

15th C pliers

I don't know much about tools in the 15th Century, but I'm assuming they had something akin to pliers - pliers are such a useful tool that I can't believe they haven't existed for centuries, if not millennia! Does anyone know who/where to source some 15th C pliers (or something akin), please?
by Lonestan
Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Taking care of turnshoes
Replies: 10
Views: 1318

Re: Taking care of turnshoes

To be honest, the boys will grow out of their shoes far sooner than they would need to be resoled (I'm saying a prayer that I've put enough growth room in for the shoes to last the season!), but I want to keep them in good nick so I might be able to sell them on afterwards.
by Lonestan
Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Taking care of turnshoes
Replies: 10
Views: 1318

Re: Taking care of turnshoes

Thanks, gents.
by Lonestan
Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Taking care of turnshoes
Replies: 10
Views: 1318

Taking care of turnshoes

I just made my first turnshoe (actually, I'm quite proud of this!), and I remember reading somewhere about using beeswax to help pro tect the leather. Can anyone give me some hints on doing this - I seem to remember something about lworking the wax in until the leather is sated. Thanks in advance fo...
by Lonestan
Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:04 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Making medieval shoes
Replies: 13
Views: 2777

Re: Making medieval shoes

Thanks for this info, everyone. Although I feel the thread has been cuba'd a bit on care for shoes, it's all good information!
Captain, thanks for that historic life web address - that looks like it will be a godsend!!
by Lonestan
Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Making medieval shoes
Replies: 13
Views: 2777

Making medieval shoes

I've posted on this forum previously about klompen and pampooties/rivelins/etc - well, I bit the bullet and made the boys some turnshoes for the last season. They were a very soft leather, and I glued some shaped sole leather to the bottom. They survived, but the wet weather at Tatton meant we had t...
by Lonestan
Wed May 04, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Learning Middle English
Replies: 15
Views: 1789

Re: Learning Middle English

I've not long started reading 'An Introduction to Middle English' by Smith and Horobin (2002). It's pretty useable and readable and puts ME in a (brief) historical context; the only thing that I'm struggling with is its method for pronunciation! It's helped me with reading the Paston letters and the...
by Lonestan
Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:37 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: The Archers A New Society
Replies: 42
Views: 6911

Re: The Archers A New Society

Sounds like something I'd like to hear more about. As with many posters here, I sometimes lament the lack of archers on the battlefield sometimes.
by Lonestan
Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:50 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Klompen in C15
Replies: 12
Views: 1360

Re: Klompen in C15

Thanks for all this info, everyone.
Tod, I had mostly come to that decision already, but was just casting around to see alternatives.
by Lonestan
Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Klompen in C15
Replies: 12
Views: 1360

Klompen in C15

How common were klompen in the 15th century in England? I'm still thinking about kid's shoes here (previous thread on pampooties, etc); it's not that I'm averse to turnshoes, but any (possibly cheaper) alternative is welcomed.
by Lonestan
Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties
Replies: 26
Views: 3430

Re: Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties

I've been meaning to post this for a little while, but struggled to find time... I'd contacted the Museum of London about this topic, and their curator, the extremely helpful Jackie, got back to me with this reply: I have heard of pampooties used in the islands off the west coast of Ireland – often ...
by Lonestan
Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Nim
Replies: 3
Views: 581

Re: Nim

Fair enough, that was pretty easy!
by Lonestan
Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:44 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Nim
Replies: 3
Views: 581

Nim

I was recently bought a game called Nim which, on the packaging it came in, claimed to be a 15C game. A fantasically simple game to learn (the setup is baaically 3 rows of stones, one of 3, one of 4 and one of 5), yet complex in its nuances. However, a quick dig from internet sources says that the g...
by Lonestan
Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:47 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Asians in C15 England
Replies: 64
Views: 4967

Re: Asians in C15 England

If anybody comments, you could bring in the multi-cultural nature of medieval England (what with trading, etc); otherwise, just let it be.
by Lonestan
Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties
Replies: 26
Views: 3430

Re: Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties

Yes, there's always hand-me-downs between one boy and the next; however, can still prove expensive!
I've found an appropriate pattern for making a turnshoe, but that was when I stumbled on the rivelin/cuaran/etc.
by Lonestan
Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties
Replies: 26
Views: 3430

Re: Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties

Thanks for that Tod. I'd been looking at turnshoes when I stumbled across these, which seemed a slightly easier alternative (not least whilst my boys feet grow by several sizes in a season!).
by Lonestan
Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:02 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties
Replies: 26
Views: 3430

Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties

I've been trying to find out something more about pampooties/cuarans/rivelins (and various spellings thereof!), as they strike me as a very easy way of shoeing my two young sons for the medieval period. These types of shoe seem to have been around since at least the 7th century, and there's a great ...
by Lonestan
Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:54 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Forest Law
Replies: 41
Views: 5382

Re: Forest Law

Sorry, I meant in the context of being able to justify hanging and eating a couple of conies over a weekend - certainly a better understanding of hunting, forest law, etc, is all good (and interesting too!!)
by Lonestan
Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:00 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Forest Law
Replies: 41
Views: 5382

Re: Forest Law

Maybe we're overthinking the hunting part a bit then. If the group is in , the archers alone could be making up to 6d per day (a figure I've seen quoted in several places). We maybe could afford to just buy a couple of conies as a special treat!! (as Dave had intimated earlier!)
by Lonestan
Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Forest Law
Replies: 41
Views: 5382

Re: Forest Law

Ah, I've seen that book on Amazon, you have just made my mind up about buying it!! The long and the short is - our group is hoping to have access to a couple of rabbits still in their pyjamas, preparation of which would make for some good living history (including a suggestion of a gunpowder tan of ...
by Lonestan
Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:32 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Forest Law
Replies: 41
Views: 5382

Re: Forest Law

So, just to follow up on this a bit: is there any way (bar poaching, although that's not completely out of the question) that a commoner could get hold of a couple of conies? And a follow-up on my follow-up - could permission be given much easier if we were in some kind of war-type situation: might ...
by Lonestan
Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:06 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Forest Law
Replies: 41
Views: 5382

Re: Forest Law

Brilliant! Thanks for that.
by Lonestan
Mon Jun 28, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Forest Law
Replies: 41
Views: 5382

Re: Forest Law

Thanks for that, Merlon. I'd also seen the Boke of St. Albans, which says much the same, but a few hundred years earlier. The text says, 'every man may perceive, that it is not therefore sufferable for any other person, to hunt or hawk after any of those wild beasts or fouls aforesaid within the For...
by Lonestan
Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Forest Law
Replies: 41
Views: 5382

Forest Law

I'm trying to find out about Forest Law, particularly about how a 15C commoner might be given permission to hunt a forest. I saw a lttle something about being given royal permission for such a thing, but no more detail than that.
Thanks.

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