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by JC Milwr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Licencing - muskets etc.
Replies: 96
Views: 29411

Re: Licencing - muskets etc.

In my experience with Shotgun certificates and Blackpowder licences I've noticed that Different forces seem to be following different laws.My current FO hasn't the slightest interest in what group I belong, having prety much settled on a wording he seems to like on the licence "For the purpose...
by JC Milwr
Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:47 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Licencing - muskets etc.
Replies: 96
Views: 29411

Re: Licencing - muskets etc.

Just to add a ray of simplicity; you no longer (from June 2012) need separate RCA documents for moving black powder; as it's all included in the explosives licence. Hurrah! Don't forget that only applies to COER certificates issued after that date, so some people will not have that luxury until 201...
by JC Milwr
Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Licencing - muskets etc.
Replies: 96
Views: 29411

Re: Licencing - muskets etc.

Just to add a ray of simplicity; you no longer (from June 2012) need separate RCA documents for moving black powder; as it's all included in the explosives licence. Hurrah!
by JC Milwr
Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Silk Velvet
Replies: 24
Views: 7677

Re: Silk Velvet

I got my silk/viscose velvet from the Silk Society; it is wonderfully soft. It was (I think) £45 per meter 6 years ago.

http://www.thesilksociety.com/ (more fabric porn)
by JC Milwr
Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Silk Velvet
Replies: 24
Views: 7677

Re: Silk Velvet

TBH for costuming purposes, silk/viscose is pretty good; with the good ones the pile is the silk bit, the viscose is completely hidden. Much better than the cotton stuff, anyway!
by JC Milwr
Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tewkes/Kelmarsh
Replies: 4
Views: 1123

Re: Tewkes/Kelmarsh

Such an *rse, as 2012 is the first year I have a group at Kelmarsh to join :/
by JC Milwr
Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: A sword for an Archer
Replies: 13
Views: 2418

Re: A sword for an Archer

Marcus Woodhouse wrote:Or for a fraction of the price buy a pole arm which you'll find so much more useful.


Carrying a polearm and a bow onto the battlefield is a trick that needs some practice! (I'm learning, but you can look a right idiot if it goes wrong).
by JC Milwr
Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:17 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?
Replies: 40
Views: 12584

Re: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?

Found a pic of it here along with some nice bracers.One of my pet hates is the use of huge laced up 'gutter' bracers by re-enactor archers. Embaressingly, it's never occured to me to check the authenticity of my bracer! I have a piece of thick leather laced up at the back, which is effectively gutt...
by JC Milwr
Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:40 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: The use of bells, (or, Ding Dong!)
Replies: 26
Views: 3414

Re: The use of bells, (or, Ding Dong!)

Someone this year also claimed they were pilgrim bells; altough I think this is a twisting ofthe Canterbury Bell pilgrims badge. (Hmm, just remembered I used to have one of those, wonder what happened to it?!)
by JC Milwr
Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fluffy thingy for cleaning your arrows, any more info?
Replies: 9
Views: 1317

Re: Fluffy thingy for cleaning your arrows, any more info?

Why would you want to clean your arrows? Nice bit of dirt never hurt anybody; well, apart from promoting arrow-fever, obviously, but that's a good thing, isn't it? ;) Honestly, I've been shooting 16 years in re-enactment and have never needed to clean my arrows. I think if I did I'd just wipe 'em on...
by JC Milwr
Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:06 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How much yew wood, would you, as a woodchuck...
Replies: 12
Views: 3074

Re: How much yew wood, would you, as a woodchuck...

I think anything a wrist thickness or more would be worth keeping. Also the limbs need to be long, at least 6 foot. Yew needs to be seasoned thoroughly, at least 2 years.
by JC Milwr
Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:31 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Peg Loom
Replies: 28
Views: 7981

Re: Peg Loom

Knitting now seems to be accepted for 15th C, there are pics of the virgin Mary Knitting, and knitted fabric has been found in medieval London deposits. However, it is kit only (no purl) on lots of needles (like socks) circular not flat. Used for hats and baby clothes!
by JC Milwr
Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:22 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Peg Loom
Replies: 28
Views: 7981

Re: Peg Loom

[quote="nest" They were being sold at Westonbirt Treefest for an exorbitant sum and punters were told that they dated back to the C1st AD. Nest[/quote] Yup, this is where I saw one being used in the medieval camp. I didn't want to start in on the lass using it without some backup more than...
by JC Milwr
Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:16 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Peg Loom
Replies: 28
Views: 7981

Re: Peg Loom

Sally: glad it's not just me then. I've looked for earlier origins, but can't find any! I saw one at the weekend in a living history camp and it sounded alarm bells, but I didn't want to go on without some backup! The SCA love them too, it seems.
by JC Milwr
Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:17 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Peg Loom
Replies: 28
Views: 7981

Peg Loom

Does anyone know the origins of these, and whether they would have been anywhere like common in the 14th-15th century? I suspect they are fairly modern, but would be happy to be proved wrong) By peg loom I mean the piece of wood with lots of pegs stcking up out of it,and the yarn is woven back and f...
by JC Milwr
Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers deformaties
Replies: 11
Views: 2699

Re: Archers deformaties

Eric (Bool) has definitely wonky collarbones due (he believes) to shooting for so long; he started at 11. If you need first hand evidence, he will probably let you poke his shoulders :)
by JC Milwr
Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Harman Hay Help fo Haiti
Replies: 1
Views: 569

Re: Harman Hay Help fo Haiti

Last chance this week to join Cathy's Peacock dress challenge,and help Haiti at the same time. Please consider giving a couple of dollars! :thumbup: http://harmanhay.livejournal.com/593516.html I don't know if anyone at TORM saw the Your Wardrobe Unlock'd stall, the lovely owner is setting herself a...
by JC Milwr
Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wife of Bath costume re-creation question
Replies: 4
Views: 1047

Re: Wife of Bath costume re-creation question

At first look I would have assumed it just pulled on, as there are plenty of folds under the belt.
Could the sleeves be fur-edged? She's all wrapped up against the weather.
by JC Milwr
Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Harman Hay Help fo Haiti
Replies: 1
Views: 569

Harman Hay Help fo Haiti

I don't know if anyone at TORM saw the Your Wardrobe Unlock'd stall, the lovely owner is setting herself a mad challenge to raise money for Haiti. http://harmanhay.livejournal.com/562622.html http://www.crowdrise.com/CathyHay This lady is a mad costumer, and incredibly skilled. If nothing else, spon...
by JC Milwr
Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:43 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Waiters mess jacket
Replies: 0
Views: 376

Waiters mess jacket

Does anyone know where I can get a pattern (or hire the finished article) for a white waiter's mess jacket, or even just the military/formal mess jacket.
by JC Milwr
Fri May 21, 2010 2:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Corset book suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 1104

Re: Corset book suggestions

Sally, that would be brilliant, thankyou!

I will PM you my address :)
by JC Milwr
Thu May 20, 2010 4:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Corset book suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 1104

Re: Corset book suggestions

Sally, thankyou so much for the offer, but we are pirating in Lulworth :)
by JC Milwr
Wed May 19, 2010 9:41 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Corset book suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 1104

Corset book suggestions

Hi all, I'm hoping to have a go at making a corset for the end of next month (ie June); can anyone recommend any good books? I've made a lot of stuff, but nothing that fitted! Just for once I'm not bothered about period correctness, modern ones ae fine! Also sources for boning and corset hooks/eyes,...
by JC Milwr
Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:54 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 49
Views: 20578

Re: Insurance

Just adding another good contents/kit insurer: Hiscox. They cover all of your possessions, even if temporarily away from home. I was explicitly told this includes tents, camping equipment etc, including re-enactment. It even covers your guitar, evne if you lend it to a mate in the pub! They are also...
by JC Milwr
Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:12 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: Milwr Morganwg - Mid to late medieval archers.
Replies: 0
Views: 799

Milwr Morganwg - Mid to late medieval archers.

New Members Wanted. Milwr Morganwg (otherwise known as "that weird Welsh lot) are recruiting. Are you looking for a group based around South Wales or Gloucestershire, but who do some traveling? Are you interested in archery and mid-late medieval living history? Are you willing to pretend you're...
by JC Milwr
Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:31 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing thread question -15th Century
Replies: 33
Views: 3773

According to the needle maker I spoke to at Berkeley, both steel and brass are fine for 15th century, but the reasons brass needles were more common isn't quite what I thought, it's because steel needles rust! The brass ones may start soft, but they harden the more you use them. Also brass is a must...
by JC Milwr
Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing thread question -15th Century
Replies: 33
Views: 3773

I was told recently that you use the same material as the cloth you are sewing, so linen for linen, wool for wool, silk for silk.

At the moment I cheat and use ordinary polyester cotton at home, and linen when on show!
by JC Milwr
Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:29 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: English Archers
Replies: 22
Views: 2232

Lovely pics :) But if we are being picky, the guy with his hand open on the bow is going to risk drop it if he looses! That's a recurve stance, from someone who learned to shoot with a modern bow and a wriststrap! (Not that I had to train myself out of that habit or anything.) :oops:
by JC Milwr
Tue May 26, 2009 5:48 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Lulworth Pirate Pictures
Replies: 22
Views: 2576

Rum! I am now educated in rum.
A lotta rrrrum.
by JC Milwr
Thu May 14, 2009 3:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: pirate gear
Replies: 8
Views: 1162

So, piraty waistcoats. I heard that canvasy waistcoats were good. so I've got some fustian canvas to make them. A couple of questions though. Would they be lined? Would the back and front be made of the same material? I've also heard that they can have a back lacing to get a good fit. How would this...

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