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by guthrie
Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:21 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Historic Castings (cauldrons) website
Replies: 15
Views: 5438

Re: Historic Castings (cauldrons) website

Yes, the secret is the patterns. There are quite a few bronze foundries in the UK, more than you might think, but if you could go to them with the actual patterns it would be a lot easier.
by guthrie
Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:05 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Historic Castings (cauldrons) website
Replies: 15
Views: 5438

Re: Historic Castings (cauldrons) website

I'm sure I heard at torm a couple of years ago that they had retired.

I would like to know more about Eastern European castings, but haven't seen any traders bringing anything over with them.
by guthrie
Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 1360 Knight Apparel, Help / Guidance
Replies: 5
Views: 1873

Re: 1360 Knight Apparel, Help / Guidance

I get the impression from brother Ranulph's link that the 1360's tunics are shorter and fit better to the body, which is the direction clothing was going in then, for men at least.
by guthrie
Sun Jan 31, 2016 11:29 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 1360 Knight Apparel, Help / Guidance
Replies: 5
Views: 1873

Re: 1360 Knight Apparel, Help / Guidance

Here's some posh people being fed by others: http://www.bl.uk/turning-the-pages/?id=a0f935d0-a678-11db-83e4-0050c2490048&type=book IIRC from the rest, there's a lot of nicely dyed and lined tunics and supertunics. So you want colourful. And hoods still seem to be popular. I think, from other thi...
by guthrie
Sun Jan 31, 2016 11:25 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 1360 Knight Apparel, Help / Guidance
Replies: 5
Views: 1873

Re: 1360 Knight Apparel, Help / Guidance

Welcome to the forum and all that. I was thinking, isn't the Luttrell psalter, from around 1330's, perhaps more your golden era, as in, when you were young? So if you take the fashions shown in that, maybe throw in a bit of dagging, if it was around in 1360's, I don't know if it was, and you're good...
by guthrie
Tue Jan 26, 2016 12:12 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Norman tent
Replies: 14
Views: 4088

Re: Norman tent

Use two dowels (shinken as we samurai say...) and make sure they are snug fit, you can't have any play. Using two means you have a fail-safe method in place. I'd be using steel pins with pulls on each end if 'twer me. Basically I try and avoid any su=system that has fiddly bits that can be forgotte...
by guthrie
Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:34 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Norman tent
Replies: 14
Views: 4088

Re: Norman tent

Basically the holes for the dowels weakened the diagonally cut poles and split apart after a couple of days of use and a little wind, not even that much wind Had the join been wrapped in the rope provided? I'd be interested to know as I have been looking at these tents myself. I'm not sure. I saw s...
by guthrie
Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Norman tent
Replies: 14
Views: 4088

Re: Norman tent

Being totally lazy I altered my plans to big up my tiny tent and buy a Norman tent (from Poland- almost the same cost as DIY.) It's the kind with two upright poles and a ridge pole inside, bell ends and no guy ropes, just pegs. I do plan to lift up the door flap to make a veranda (I think that shou...
by guthrie
Sat Dec 05, 2015 7:02 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Tent Poles
Replies: 11
Views: 3107

Re: Tent Poles

Mark Griffin wrote: . Remember to cut the pole on a diagonal.... Why? or it will swivel in the wind like a rotary washing line. But don't do as a cheap east european tent manufacturer did to a tent someone else had, this summer. The poles broke, because they'd cut them on the diagonal but held them...
by guthrie
Sun Nov 29, 2015 11:31 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Sword makers
Replies: 2
Views: 2119

Re: Sword makers

Mark Griffin wrote:Missing out that list are Tim Noyes at Heron, Paul McDonald and JG Elmslie

I've not heard that Paul has been making full contact type blades. He makes nice stuff but it didn't used to be fully tempered, and thus I wouldn't reccomend it for much fighting.
by guthrie
Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Advice on 14th century bags
Replies: 5
Views: 2126

Re: Advice on 14th century bags

Yes, the 2nd one down is near enough. The bottom one is horribly wrong, I've never seen a picture of a medieval one held together by thonging round the edges like that; they were supposed to be somewhat waterproof. The top one certainly looks somewhat medieval, except I don't recall seeing one that ...
by guthrie
Wed Oct 14, 2015 5:46 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Eating / Utensils
Replies: 16
Views: 8914

Re: Medieval Eating / Utensils

The Peddler wrote:Try moving house with 11,712 books. I've been giving them away left, right and centre to get the cost down!

I'm always on the look out for more books, only got around 5k so far.
by guthrie
Wed Oct 14, 2015 5:45 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What was worn when Highland Dress was banned?
Replies: 10
Views: 3974

Re: What was worn when Highland Dress was banned?

Also the clan signifying tartan thing is a 19th century invention.
by guthrie
Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:26 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Arms and Armour of the Englishg Knight 1400-1450
Replies: 2
Views: 1948

Re: Arms and Armour of the Englishg Knight 1400-1450

It's on my list of things to get.
Do you want me to correct the spelling of your post title?
by guthrie
Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Who Made The Best Cannons, & Cannon Plans
Replies: 23
Views: 6925

Re: Who Made The Best Cannons, & Cannon Plans

The trick will be ensuring good casting/ use of correct well made tubing when it is made in China a long way away.
by guthrie
Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Clarification please
Replies: 16
Views: 4726

Re: Clarification please

Wait, Vegan leather? Interesting...
by guthrie
Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: How old could a story be?
Replies: 5
Views: 3434

Re: How old could a story be?

There is research suggesting that Australian Aborigenes have memories of the sea level rises at the end of the last ice age in their stories and legends.
by guthrie
Sun Sep 20, 2015 9:57 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Writing on armour
Replies: 24
Views: 4022

Re: Writing on armour

Of course the question is which craftsment were doing the etching anyway? I have a suspicion they might be engravers, in which case some would be familiar with the use of acids from working as/ with goldsmiths, who sometimes alchemists themselves and therefore would have made the acids to be ued in ...
by guthrie
Fri Sep 18, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Writing on armour
Replies: 24
Views: 4022

Re: Writing on armour

In the Armour of the Austrian Princes exhibition catalogue that was held at the RA/Tower in the 1950's or 60's there was a breastplate which was said to be the earliest acid etched known (at that point) which was I think 1472. However a lot of academic water has flowed since then. I have lunch with...
by guthrie
Thu Sep 17, 2015 11:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Writing on armour
Replies: 24
Views: 4022

Re: Writing on armour

Colin Middleton wrote:Finally acid etching appears at the end of the 15th C and starts to replace these more laborious decorative techniques.

Now that's interesting. It indicates that a different branch of craftsmen were finding the uses of acids first made by alchemists. Is there a more definite date?
by guthrie
Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:30 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 2015 Law Commission 'antique' gun proposals
Replies: 52
Views: 11194

Re: 2015 Law Commission 'antique' gun proposals

Far from relaxing the law the Police seem intent on tightening the law with their latest proposals to the Law commission which were revealed through a freedom of information request, they include: Banning old spec deacts Putting everything currently possessed an SGC on to section 1 Central Certific...
by guthrie
Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to use lances
Replies: 37
Views: 6601

Re: How to use lances

But I don't want to give the impression jumping off and letting the animal head off into the distance is to be taken lightly. Its not. But if its going nuts the chances are having you not on its back might ease the situation. Or not.... its a horse after all! Far better to not get into that situati...
by guthrie
Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: for pavise fans...
Replies: 5
Views: 1649

Re: for pavise fans...

I have downloaded it from Ethos. I think I know someone who might be interested in it...
by guthrie
Thu May 28, 2015 11:16 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Anglo-Saxon remedy better than modern day antibiotics.
Replies: 5
Views: 3126

Re: Anglo-Saxon remedy better than modern day antibiotics.

Not as such because it involves artifice, ie using copper etc to create a medicine, not simply a use of ready ingredients. A lot of medicines are preparations, by definition not-natural. Modern aspirin is no less 'natural' just because it comes in tablet form. Actually modern aspirin is a slightly ...
by guthrie
Wed May 27, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Advice Needed - War of the Roses/Tudors
Replies: 1
Views: 1907

Re: Advice Needed - War of the Roses/Tudors

HI welcome to the forum and all that. If you search by your location, e.g. "Cardiff" in the box at top right, you've a decent chance of finding a more local group. You can also limit the search to just the Group forum. For Wars of the Roses the main umbrella organisations that I know of ar...
by guthrie
Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?
Replies: 17
Views: 6780

Re: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?

Which period are you after, then I can move the post there. This sub-forum is for stuff to do with the actual running of the forum, not questions.
by guthrie
Thu Apr 02, 2015 11:18 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Anglo-Saxon remedy better than modern day antibiotics.
Replies: 5
Views: 3126

Re: Anglo-Saxon remedy better than modern day antibiotics.

Oddly enough the word "brass" back then meant a copper alloy, but not specifically copper/ zinc. More usually tin with a bit of lead.
by guthrie
Sat Feb 14, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: medieval pressing
Replies: 7
Views: 2296

Re: medieval pressing

Glass smoothers were I understand more for finishing cloth, but I could be wrong. They were about in the late medieval period, he typed hopefully, not actually recalling where in his library the information is located.
by guthrie
Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: for pavise fans...
Replies: 5
Views: 1649

Re: for pavise fans...

When's the thesis from? The BRitish LIbrary Ethos system might have it, and then all you need to do is register and you can download lots of interesting PhD's from around Britain in the last century or so.
by guthrie
Thu Feb 05, 2015 12:42 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Wax Seals - Questions!
Replies: 32
Views: 12308

Re: Medieval Wax Seals - Questions!

Form it into sticks and sell it online. Genuine hand made welsh sealing wax, antique, vintage.

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