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by Gobae
Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:17 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: The Roman Army Knife
Replies: 11
Views: 5883

Re: The Roman Army Knife

If you read the link in the ortiginal post the knife is described as 8 x 15 cm. The Swiss army knife has been photoshopped into the picture and the two items are not shown ar a common scale Awesome, thank you. I must have missed the dimensions in the original description. Medicus' two word reply wa...
by Gobae
Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:22 am
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: The Roman Army Knife
Replies: 11
Views: 5883

Re: The Roman Army Knife

Medicus Matt wrote:It isn't.


And the actual size is? You know this how?
by Gobae
Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:44 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: The Roman Army Knife
Replies: 11
Views: 5883

Re: The Roman Army Knife

Does anyone know the actual size of original? It seem that everyone assumes that it's hand sized, but the if the modern swiss army knife in the pic is an accurate comparison the Roman Army Knife may be more of an all purpose kitchen cooking tool rather than an eating tool.
by Gobae
Fri Nov 26, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: History Blogs?
Replies: 19
Views: 5300

Re: History Blogs?

Awesome! Thank you very much, I can't wait to start reading.
by Gobae
Mon Nov 22, 2010 4:03 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: History Blogs?
Replies: 19
Views: 5300

Re: History Blogs?

Thank you very much for your replies. I must admit, I'm rather surprised that there are so few re-enactor/ment blogs out there. (At least when googling for such things). It's good to hear there are more.
by Gobae
Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:01 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: History Blogs?
Replies: 19
Views: 5300

History Blogs?

I've recently started a blog on my thoughts and experiences on Re-enactment/Living History called "Re: Living History"

But I was wondering if anyone else here has a history related blog, or has a favorite one they like to read?
by Gobae
Tue Nov 09, 2010 2:33 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Froe
Replies: 7
Views: 2795

Re: Froe

I'd have to dig through my books, but I'm near 100% certain I've seen froe blades cataloged at the Navan (Ireland) dig circa 100BCE-300CE as well as at the Manching Oppidum dig in Bavaria (circa 400BCE-100BCE) That said, even if an area has no direct evidence for a froe (or other woodworking tool), ...
by Gobae
Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:42 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Craftspeople
Replies: 17
Views: 4077

Re: Craftspeople

I started blacksmithing because I wanted a sword and couldn't afford one, but that was 10 years before I started re-enacting. But once I started down that path I discovered not only that I had a natural talent for it, but I really enjoyed it.
by Gobae
Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:43 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Piercings throughout history.
Replies: 11
Views: 2504

Re: Piercings throughout history.

The Hallstatt Celts made this clearly showing the women probably wore earrings. http://celticclans.oakandacorn.com/celticgallery/d/45-1/chalicewagon.jpg http://celticclans.oakandacorn.com/celticgallery/d/43-1/celticring2.jpg http://celticclans.oakandacorn.com/celticgallery/d/39-1/celticring1.jpg
by Gobae
Wed May 28, 2008 2:26 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Celebration of Celts 2008
Replies: 60
Views: 4283

Down hill grass slope skirmishers


Ah! Combine that with a "Salmon Leap" to finish the attack and you could defeat any Roman shield wall!
by Gobae
Wed May 28, 2008 2:16 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Celebration of Celts 2008
Replies: 60
Views: 4283

When faced with a lack of specific contextual evidence then going with a reconstruction of something that was known to be in use elsewhere within reasonable geographical proximity is reasonable enough. Ah, yes, thank you. Both Medicus and Fox said what I was trying to much more elegantly than I did...
by Gobae
Wed May 28, 2008 2:02 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Celebration of Celts 2008
Replies: 60
Views: 4283

Bad Gobae, go sit on the naughty step.


Yes, very true. Guilty as charged. You know I think a lot of things can be justified that way. :D
by Gobae
Tue May 27, 2008 8:12 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Celebration of Celts 2008
Replies: 60
Views: 4283

Yes, that's correct. Since AD stands for "Anno Domini" or "the year of our Lord" and since not everyone believes he is Lord that causes them angst.

Personally, I don't much care either way.
by Gobae
Tue May 27, 2008 7:49 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Celebration of Celts 2008
Replies: 60
Views: 4283

speak English please this is and English forum none of your colonial nonsense here


If that sentence is an example of the English you want used, I'm not sure I can follow suit.

Additionally, I really had no idea two little letters would cause such distress. Are American spellings an issue too?
by Gobae
Tue May 27, 2008 7:27 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Celebration of Celts 2008
Replies: 60
Views: 4283

Very true. But with no evidence for any bellows of any sort it didn't seem a big jump.

In fact, IIRC, when I was originally doing research for this, the only instances of bag bellows discovered were African in origin. Which was another reason I went the direction I did.
by Gobae
Tue May 27, 2008 6:42 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Celebration of Celts 2008
Replies: 60
Views: 4283

I should add that single chamber valved bellows were chosen for a couple of reasons. 1) They were already in use on the continent (at least that's what the images look like they are) 2) There's no evidence to contradict their use (which I realize isn't a great argument to do/use something). 3) They ...
by Gobae
Thu May 22, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Celebration of Celts 2008
Replies: 60
Views: 4283

CE (Common Era) = AD
by Gobae
Thu May 22, 2008 4:45 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Celebration of Celts 2008
Replies: 60
Views: 4283

400CE Ireland/Dal Riada.
by Gobae
Thu May 22, 2008 3:56 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Celebration of Celts 2008
Replies: 60
Views: 4283

We bring in stone slabs and bury them. Here's a couple of shots of this year's setup. http://www.celticclans.org/images/demos/coc08-3.jpg http://www.celticclans.org/images/demos/coc08-2.jpg http://www.celticclans.org/images/demos/coc08-4.jpg http://www.celticclans.org/images/demos/coc08-8.jpg As you...
by Gobae
Thu May 22, 2008 2:07 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Celebration of Celts 2008
Replies: 60
Views: 4283

Celebration of Celts 2008

This year Celebration of Celts took place at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham, NY on May 3rd &4th. This was the third year Ancient Celtic Clans has participated in the Celtic Timeline. (Complete photos can be found here: http://www.celticclans.org/demos/coc2008.html ) Building on the s...
by Gobae
Fri Dec 28, 2007 9:10 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Bards and Storytelling
Replies: 22
Views: 2868

Not sure if you mean loose rambling storytelling or actually doing what bards did. And there's a HUGE difference between them! Since I originally started this topic I guess I've come to the same conclusion you have. (See if I'm summarizing this right). You can't do a truly Iron Age Celtic Bardic li...
by Gobae
Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:23 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Bards and Storytelling
Replies: 22
Views: 2868

Bards and Storytelling

While we were sitting around the evening fire at the last summer solstice enjoying the immersion, we noticed something distinctly missing. Stories. As it turns out, while we were busy making all the material items that the Celts used, we were forgetting an integral part of their lives. The ancient C...
by Gobae
Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:15 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Food Storage
Replies: 4
Views: 946

Food Storage

Recently, I was going over old and new photos of our group's events and it seems as though our biggest anachronism is food containers. How many people use only period food containers and storage when reenacting? If so, what are your storage vessels of choice for hard to store things like: flour, hon...
by Gobae
Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:33 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Historic Strides - A Primitive Trek for CF
Replies: 5
Views: 913

Cat - Thank you very much. You're very correct about not really understanding how things work until you do them. That's one of the big reasons our group exists. Steve - Yeah, tell me about it. We've got fantastic forests but no "Celtic" sites. (Unless you want to believe some far fetched q...
by Gobae
Thu Oct 11, 2007 1:13 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Historic Strides - A Primitive Trek for CF
Replies: 5
Views: 913

Historic Strides - A Primitive Trek for CF

Let me preface this by saying, I know some of our clothing is not 100% accurate for our time/location and that is something we will be addressing this winter. However, I thought I'd like to show what we've been up to as far as "Period Trekking" goes. We got back from our Primitive Trek in ...
by Gobae
Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:54 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Warp Weighted Loom
Replies: 24
Views: 4447

As promised here are some additional closeups of the loom. Here's where we left off with the weaving. Both the warp and the weft are wool. http://www.oakandacorn.com/hostedimages/loom1.jpg The heddles in the relaxed position. They're simply loops of linen thread. http://www.oakandacorn.com/hostedima...
by Gobae
Tue Aug 21, 2007 2:06 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Warp Weighted Loom
Replies: 24
Views: 4447

Oh! Thank you for reviving this thread (no pun intended). Here are some up to date photos of the loom in action. We used it during a local Celtic festival (Celebration of Celts) The complete page of that even can be found here: http://www.celticclans.org/demos/coc2007.html http://www.celticclans.org...
by Gobae
Mon May 21, 2007 3:10 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Authentic basket?
Replies: 17
Views: 3362

Its usually harvested in winter in traditional English willow beds - willow coppices Hmmm.... I'm starting to wonder if we're talking about the same type of willow. I'm talking about "Weeping Willow", which doesn't grow in what I think of as a "coppice". http://www.truthzone.net...
by Gobae
Mon May 21, 2007 2:39 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Authentic basket?
Replies: 17
Views: 3362

Excellent info; that's good to know. I'll pass that info along to the basket maker (currently she's making baskets from kits).

Oh, one other question. Is there one time during the year vs another (spring, fall, winter, etc) when it's better to harvest the willow?
by Gobae
Mon May 21, 2007 2:13 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Authentic basket?
Replies: 17
Views: 3362

Basket making was one of the skills we were going to demo at our event in May. Although we had a source of willow, the demo never ended up happening.

Anyway, how is the willow prepped before usage? Is it allowed to dry or are the baskets woven green?

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