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by Ranger Smith
Sun Jun 12, 2011 12:32 am
Forum: General History
Topic: YAT books online
Replies: 14
Views: 4161

Re: YAT books online

Hi to any one who wants it PM me with an e-mail address and I will send it on
by Ranger Smith
Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:46 am
Forum: General History
Topic: YAT books online
Replies: 14
Views: 4161

Re: YAT books online

Yes
by Ranger Smith
Thu May 12, 2011 11:35 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Coppicing Hazel
Replies: 17
Views: 10459

Re: Coppicing Hazel

As an adendum Here is a reference from your neck of the woods of a wiltshire thatcher in 1879 by Richard Jefferies (although this is willow rather than hazel it illustrates the properties they were looking for in their wood(please bare in mind that willow retains its sap longer than other woods)) &q...
by Ranger Smith
Thu May 12, 2011 11:15 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Coppicing Hazel
Replies: 17
Views: 10459

Re: Coppicing Hazel

Hello Billhook Where to start In your origional post you made no distnction on which part of the year the people making spars gads and hurdles are working. If you were saying that material for spars and gads was required fresh green then they could be cutting at any part of the year as and when the ...
by Ranger Smith
Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:29 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Coppicing Hazel
Replies: 17
Views: 10459

Re: Coppicing Hazel

Hi Billhook Pleas esee below on my thoughts and responce to your posting Fresh green wood tends to split far easier than that which has started to dry out Fresh green hazel doesnt spit well at all it is carroty and prone to running out and cracking if you are not carefull. It splits much easier if i...
by Ranger Smith
Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:53 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Coppicing Hazel
Replies: 17
Views: 10459

Re: Coppicing Hazel

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The ideal cut stem

I hope this has been of help
by Ranger Smith
Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:51 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Coppicing Hazel
Replies: 17
Views: 10459

Re: Coppicing Hazel

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Low cut stool from the inside

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Growth from root system

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Ideal angle/height required with the axe
by Ranger Smith
Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:46 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Coppicing Hazel
Replies: 17
Views: 10459

Re: Coppicing Hazel

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High cut hazel stool (yes I realise it is a little more than 3inches high)

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Low cut stool
by Ranger Smith
Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:36 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Coppicing Hazel
Replies: 17
Views: 10459

Re: Coppicing Hazel

Finaly got round to sorting the pictures out. You are right Mick Sweet Chestnut behaves differently and forms a bol rather than a stool and should there fore be cut higher. It probably wasnt the fault of the person who taught you to cut hazel high but rather the Forestry Commissions. As part of thei...
by Ranger Smith
Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:53 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Coppicing Hazel
Replies: 17
Views: 10459

Re: Coppicing Hazel

Hello Paul D In Midland woods at least cutting would start at the end of september/October as soon as the leaves start turning yellow (at this point the sap flow is minimal). Predominantly as the wood owners would want all the heavy work done and the timber/cordwood exstracted prior to the bad weath...
by Ranger Smith
Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:53 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Quarterstaff
Replies: 16
Views: 3249

Re: Medieval Quarterstaff

Holding in the traditional hollywood position is half staff. The quarter staff is mentioned in the plays in the man that woll (several fragmentory 15C english fencing manuscripts) in the roll as opponent to the fencer. The Paulus Hector Mayer stuff is good although I find it dificult in the enterpre...
by Ranger Smith
Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hoop and stave cannon
Replies: 12
Views: 2206

Re: Hoop and stave cannon

Thanks Dave I have allready contacted Paul Meekings who thinks he will be able to get it at a reasonable price. If this falls through I may take you up on your generous offer. I take it Kynges is the person to talk to about guns. I presume he still posts on here or is at least contactable via pm fro...
by Ranger Smith
Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:41 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hoop and stave cannon
Replies: 12
Views: 2206

Re: Hoop and stave cannon

Thanks for the replys. I am allready on the look out for the book as it looks like a good source of information.
by Ranger Smith
Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:52 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hoop and stave cannon
Replies: 12
Views: 2206

Hoop and stave cannon

Hi

I am looking for dimentions construction details (plans) for hoop and stave cannons. Can anybody point me in the right direction? Any museum examples in the UK you would recomend looking at?

Any and all help greatly received.

thanks in advance
by Ranger Smith
Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:54 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: medieval woodsmen
Replies: 12
Views: 5200

Re: medieval woodsmen

As posted earlier for most people working the woods was at best part time (the rest of the time they would of been farmers or agricultural labourers. Charcoal production is a very long drawn ot process especialy when using earth clamps which would necesitate someone being with the clamp 24 7. I know...
by Ranger Smith
Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:04 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: medieval woodsmen
Replies: 12
Views: 5200

Re: medieval woodsmen

The question is who do you want to be? Miner, Metal worker, Glass maker, Charcoal Maker, Ashman, Wheelright/Cart maker, Bowyer, fletcher all trades practiced in woodlands in addition to woodsman during the 14C. Many industries were located in or near woodland so as to be near the raw materials. This...
by Ranger Smith
Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:06 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Warrior battle quotes/War prayers.
Replies: 17
Views: 8583

Re: Warrior battle quotes/War prayers.

They are reported to be the last words of a female slave

Each of the lines was spoken as she was lifted into the air.

She was then according to the discription ritualy raped then strangled at her former master feet

Not realy a battle field chant
by Ranger Smith
Sun Dec 19, 2010 12:54 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Question: about pavise and battle axe.
Replies: 41
Views: 6194

Re: Question: about pavise and battle axe.

Hi Marxman Take a look here lots of ideas and examples http://www.myarmoury.com/talk/viewforum.php?f=1 It appears that most hand paviese are decidedly German Take care as to where your sources you are using come from. Tapestries were brought in from the continent so even if they show an English subj...
by Ranger Smith
Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Button Lock Arquebus trigger mechanism
Replies: 4
Views: 1606

Re: Button Lock Arquebus trigger mechanism

Cheers Certainly was
by Ranger Smith
Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Button Lock Arquebus trigger mechanism
Replies: 4
Views: 1606

Re: Button Lock Arquebus trigger mechanism

Cheers
by Ranger Smith
Mon Nov 01, 2010 1:09 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Button Lock Arquebus trigger mechanism
Replies: 4
Views: 1606

Button Lock Arquebus trigger mechanism

Just wondering if anyone has images of the working parts of a Button Lock Arquebus trigger mechanism as I'm interested in the spring arrangement.

Thanks in Advance
by Ranger Smith
Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:56 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 2011 Season question.
Replies: 22
Views: 3396

Re: 2011 Season question.

I'm not sure where you were plenty to do at Tewkes even if it is just stand and gawp The battle is the cumulation of the whole day so it needs to be towards the end to keep the punters there and spending. Agree that the muster is a long time to wait, even so some people can't even get there in that ...
by Ranger Smith
Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:00 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: how to weather/age plate armour
Replies: 14
Views: 1717

Re: how to weather/age plate armour

Bleed on it or stick it under a hedge for a while as this will certainly take the shine of off it. :twisted: :twisted:
by Ranger Smith
Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:49 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 4 Word Story
Replies: 8992
Views: 725399

Re: 4 Word Story

plate of liver and
by Ranger Smith
Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:29 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Cleavers/goosegrass
Replies: 5
Views: 1142

Re: Cleavers/goosegrass

Its also one of the first available edible greens in the early part of the year
by Ranger Smith
Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:36 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Forest Law
Replies: 41
Views: 6238

Re: Forest Law

For deer (out of season dates) Fence month (may to June) or 15 days before mid summer to 15 days after. Hunting not alowed Red deer Stag mid may to september hind september 14th to January 14th Fallow deer buck june 24th to september 14th doe september 14th to February 2nd Roe deer buck easter to 29...
by Ranger Smith
Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:04 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Forest Law
Replies: 41
Views: 6238

Re: Forest Law

Ok here goes Forests were and are indeed areas of mixed habitats including but not exclusivley woodland, heathland, moor and other open land. They could include planned countryside (farmed) but the one overiding condition was that they were governed by Forest Law (the courts were known as forest eyr...
by Ranger Smith
Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:25 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Forest Law
Replies: 41
Views: 6238

Re: Forest Law

Fox- Wow good re search Completley agree although I would possibly put a slightly different inference on things 4d for a piece of meat which would at best feed only one to two people is still quite exspensive compared to the other meats on offer, other prices I have for Rabbit are; 1270 rabbits on a...
by Ranger Smith
Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:32 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Forest Law
Replies: 41
Views: 6238

Re: Forest Law

As Rabbits still only occured in warrens for an army to be having them for provisions would mean raiding a high status persons home would this be likely? How about pre skinning buying a couple of Hare skins and passing the meat off as Hare? This still allows you to cover some of the living History a...
by Ranger Smith
Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:53 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Forest Law
Replies: 41
Views: 6238

Re: Forest Law

To give you an idea of how valuble Rabbits were - The bishop of ealey sent 20 armed and armored troups to raid a local warren for meat and fur. (Rabbits were not classed as vermin untill the late 1800's and their meat and fur didnt become common place untill the end of the 15C The only people given ...

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