Here's what I have made so far

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Here's what I have made so far

glennallen
Journeyman Woodsrunner
Journeyman Woodsrunner
Joined: 13 Apr 2017, 19:03

15 Apr 2017, 21:01 #1

Here's some of my kit. I have made most of this from leather scraps, furs, hides and canvas tarps and second hand store fabrics. I used a lot of it hunting and woods loafing so it has some wear and tear. What ever persona I settle on he'll be poor frontiersmen. It is not all correct for a period but I am working it out as time and money permits.

The big black thing is my tarp, wool blankets, extra clothing etc wrapped in black bear skin. I use the bear skin as ground pad on top of a browse bag. It is strapped to a roycroft pack frame. I use it instead of knapsack so I can carry heavy loads. Other pouches are squirrel and deer hide with some brain tan in there.

Still have the breeches leggings and a waistcoat to do, but hey it is a good start. Still items to get is a cook pot, neckerchief, clasp knife, and all those things I can't remember.

Let me know what I can improve on and if you like any of it. Some much to learn and do. Be of good cheer and happy Easter.
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Le_Loup
Captain of Scouts
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Joined: 09 Nov 2010, 06:56

16 Apr 2017, 02:12 #2

Difficult to pick out anything specific from these images, but it looks as though you are off to a good start. I am sure much of this will fit your frontier persona when you get round to choosing one. Well done.
Keith.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost.

Captain, Armidale NSW Australia chapter.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/
http://australiansurvivalandpreppers.blogspot.com.au/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEOMS ... _as=public
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swampfox
Woodsrunner
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Joined: 24 Mar 2016, 22:02

17 Apr 2017, 00:30 #3

I like it!!! Wish I had a bear skin.

I would say no one starts out with all the "right" period gear It just about impossible, unless you're a millionaire ... I know I have some things to fix as soon I acquire the funds.
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glennallen
Journeyman Woodsrunner
Journeyman Woodsrunner
Joined: 13 Apr 2017, 19:03

17 Apr 2017, 10:04 #4

Thanks for the encourage gentlemen. It goes along way. I will get into the details of my kit as time goes on. The devil is in the details for sure. There is so much to learn and do.

The bears here are common here I run into them all the time in the woods. For two years now, I have gotten one as road kill. I don't hunt them for that reason. It pains me to see them or any creature for that matter, left to rot on the road side.

People stop and cut off the paws if you don't get to them quickly. I have been lucky in that regard. I use everything I can from them. I have some claws, bones and teeth, some bear grease I rendered, but the meat is usually in sad shape. When I am done I take the carcass to the woods and give them a proper burial. I have great respect for these animals.

Here's a Cherokee story that I just love about the bear people. I just might takes this route myself. I told my wife- when I die just put my ashes in a jar of peanut butter, which bears love, and feed it to the bears to make me one with them. She says I am nuts but still loves me.

In the long ago time, there was a Cherokee Clan call the Ani-Tsa-gu-hi (Ahnee-Jah-goo-hee), and in one family of this clan was a boy who used to leave home and be gone all day in the mountains. After a while he went oftener and stayed longer, until at last he would not eat in the house at all, but started off at daybreak and did not come back until night.

His parents scolded, but that did no good, and the boy still went every day until they noticed that long brown hair was beginning to grow out all over his body. Then they wondered and asked him why it was that he wanted to be so much in the woods that he would not even eat at home.

Said the boy, "I find plenty to eat there, and it is better than the corn and beans we have in the settlements, and pretty soon I am going into the woods to stay all the time." His parents were worried and begged him not leave them, but he said, "It is better there than here, and you see I am beginning to be different already, so that I can not live here any longer. If you will come with me, there is plenty for all of us and you will never have to work for it; but if you want to come, you must first fast seven days."

The father and mother talked it over and then told the headmen of the clan. They held a council about the matter and after everything had been said they decided: "Here we must work hard and have not always enough. There he says is always plenty without work. We will go with him." So they fasted seven days, and on the seventh morning all the Ani-Tsa-gu-hi left the settlement and started for the mountains as the boy led the way.

When the people of the other towns heard of it they were very sorry and sent their headmen to persuade the Ani Tsaguhi to stay at home and not go into the woods to live. The messengers found them already on the way, and were surprised to notice that their bodies were beginning to be covered with hair like that of animals, because for seven days they had not taken human food and their nature was changing.

The Ani Tsaguhi would not come back, but said, "We are going where there is always plenty to eat. Hereafter we shall be called Yonv(a) (bears), and when you yourselves are hungry come into the woods and call us and we shall shall come to give you our own flesh. You need not be afraid to kill us, for we shall live always."

Then they taught the messengers the songs with which to call them and bear hunters have these songs still. When they had finished the songs, the Ani Tsaguhi started on again and the messengers turned back to the settlements, but after going a little way they looked back and saw a drove of bears going into the woods.

Be of good cheer!
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Le_Loup
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Joined: 09 Nov 2010, 06:56

18 Apr 2017, 02:08 #5

A great story Glenn, thank you for sharing it. That is my kind of religion.
Keith.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost.

Captain, Armidale NSW Australia chapter.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/
http://australiansurvivalandpreppers.blogspot.com.au/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEOMS ... _as=public
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glennallen
Journeyman Woodsrunner
Journeyman Woodsrunner
Joined: 13 Apr 2017, 19:03

24 Apr 2017, 00:58 #6

Here's some closer individual pics of my gear so far. Still working om the breeches. Finished leggings. A couple of shots me in the gear to give you an idea. Thanks for your feedback. Where can I improve?
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Le_Loup
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Joined: 09 Nov 2010, 06:56

24 Apr 2017, 02:25 #7

Looking good mate Image
Keith.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost.

Captain, Armidale NSW Australia chapter.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/
http://australiansurvivalandpreppers.blogspot.com.au/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEOMS ... _as=public
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glennallen
Journeyman Woodsrunner
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Joined: 13 Apr 2017, 19:03

24 Apr 2017, 07:37 #8

Thank you Keith. means a great deal to me.
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swampfox
Woodsrunner
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Joined: 24 Mar 2016, 22:02

24 Apr 2017, 15:10 #9

It all looks great!!!
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Le_Loup
Captain of Scouts
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Joined: 09 Nov 2010, 06:56

25 Apr 2017, 01:01 #10

glennallen wrote:Here's some closer individual pics of my gear so far. Still working om the breeches. Finished leggings. A couple of shots me in the gear to give you an idea. Thanks for your feedback. Where can I improve?
Just in case you have not seen my blog Glenn, here is the link. There is a search in the top left corner of the page. You may find it of some use when evaluating the gear you have & looking for ways to improve.
Keith.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost.

Captain, Armidale NSW Australia chapter.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/
http://australiansurvivalandpreppers.blogspot.com.au/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEOMS ... _as=public
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