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by Taurinor
Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: MERF Random Adventure Pictures
Replies: 185
Views: 30159

Re: MERF Random Adventure Pictures

Personally I think rocks work, and I would give a screen like this a trial but only if I could daub the gaps with mud or clay. A lattice would simply leak heat. I absolutely believe that rocks would help, but I haven't personally tried them yet. Provided that they aren't porous and wet, rocks be po...
by Taurinor
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: MERF Random Adventure Pictures
Replies: 185
Views: 30159

Re: MERF Random Adventure Pictures

Might I suggest a fire wall to you? It provides several benefits. The most obvious one is that it reflects more heat back towards you, it also aids in concealment, dries damp timber and shields the fire from wind. You can build them from rocks, soil or mud as well but your timber stash looks ideal ...
by Taurinor
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: MERF Random Adventure Pictures
Replies: 185
Views: 30159

Re: MERF Random Adventure Pictures

your so lucky to have woods in your yard Some woods to play in was pretty high on the house-searching priority list :mrgreen: How'd you sleep in your altered setup? Better than I thought I would, to be honest. The fire was obviously important for warmth, but it was also very helpful psychologically...
by Taurinor
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: MERF Random Adventure Pictures
Replies: 185
Views: 30159

Re: MERF Random Adventure Pictures

Not as much an adventure as preparing for future adventures, but last weekend I camped out in the yard and since it was forecast to be a clear night, I decided to not use a tarp. I usually use one for the psychological benefits of cover, even if it's not supposed to be rainy or windy, but conversati...
by Taurinor
Fri Oct 02, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: Hi beorning here!
Replies: 9
Views: 527

Re: Hi beorning here!

Welcome!

Based on your impression ideas, it sounds like you might want to take a look at the Beorning woodsman kit Udwin has put together. The references he cites should get you started!
by Taurinor
Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: Let's Talk about Legs!
Replies: 68
Views: 39228

Re: Let's Talk about Legs!

As I understand it, when the Romans marched north they were understandable unused to the cold and adapted the braccae from the "barbarians." After some time had past and the military had adapted the pants, society accepted the new style and they were relatively common in Northern Roman cu...
by Taurinor
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: What's up with wick trimmers?
Replies: 2
Views: 932

Re: What's up with wick trimmers?

This blog post repeats what I had heard previously (no citations, mind) - pre-19th century wicks were twisted rather than plaited. The asymmetrical braiding in modern wicks causes the wick to curl as it burns, allowing it to be consumed completely, as opposed to smoking and choking out the flame. To...
by Taurinor
Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Telescope?
Replies: 12
Views: 1816

Re: Telescope?

this is a question that's always puzzled me as well, in a lot of places middle earth matches up with historical periods quite well however there aren't any mention of lenses even though they existed in medieval times, and I'm not quite sure how you make intricate dwarven engraving or elven jewelry ...
by Taurinor
Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Telescope?
Replies: 12
Views: 1816

Re: Telescope?

My instinctive response, based on the text, is no, probably not. From what I've seen, there's not any evidence of glass lenses of any kind in the Professor's Middle-earth (PJ's might be a different story, but I'm not terribly interested in his interpretation). In our real-world history, telescopes w...
by Taurinor
Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: WMA / NMA
Topic: Good source of wma manuals.
Replies: 11
Views: 1664

Re: Good source of wma manuals.

You might be interested in looking into the ambush tactics used by Gemanic tribes against the Romans in the Battle of Teutoburg Forest ; that's one of the few examples of early guerrilla warfare that I can think of at the moment. To be fair, that was in part an inside job, but you might find it inte...
by Taurinor
Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Looking for a Middle-earth Appropriate Penannular Brooch
Replies: 5
Views: 3341

Re: Looking for a Middle-earth Appropriate Penannular Brooch

If you're looking for something forged, there are a few members here who do various sorts of smithing, if you want to ask them. caedmon - I know Jack does some casting, but I can't remember if he is also a smith (and my forum searching abilities were failing me). I wanted to include him, though! Eri...
by Taurinor
Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: In Search of the Many-Rayed Star
Replies: 34
Views: 4841

Re: In Search of the Many-Rayed Star

Oh no, the "how many points are on a Grey Company star brooch" debate! All is lost! :mrgreen: Based on some (old) threads dating back to the first iteration of the forum-wide star with E.MacKermak, I was under the impression that a 6 pointed star was the one most supported by the lore. I t...
by Taurinor
Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: The Prancing Pony
Topic: Raise a Mug to Taurinor
Replies: 10
Views: 1423

Re: Raise a Mug to Taurinor

Thanks, y'all!
by Taurinor
Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: Working On a New Jerkin
Replies: 45
Views: 8794

Re: Working On a New Jerkin

My apologies, I didn't intend to reignite the debate on the accuracy of jerkins. No need to apologize! There are several topics that come up repeatedly on this forum, and jerkins are definitely one of them. If you're interested, this topic has some discussion of (sparse) textual evidence of the use...
by Taurinor
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Highlander Survival Equipment
Replies: 4
Views: 1578

Re: Highlander Survival Equipment

I have such mixed feelings about this project of Mr. Langhorne's. I’ve been watching his videos for a while, and he’s a very talented bushcrafter/survivalist with a well thought out, functional kit that definitely has a period flavor! It's also improved quite a bit over time, especially his blades a...

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