Gravity-fed Foam Rock Pouch

Mara’ramja everyone! Fyaren here, your friendly neighborhood Kender knight-errant of Drentha.  In my travels, I’ve come across the issue of not having more than two arms to hold weapons (but then, hasn’t everyone?).  More specifically, myself and other Kender are often looking for neat places to stow our hoopak rocks—in shirts, under armor, tucked into […]

Earthenware cookpot attempt #2

This is the second post from the old, archived Dagorhir forums about my cook pot experiments from back in 2010. In the first attempt, I managed to boil water, but the pot did not survive. In this, my second, I managed to successfully correct my earlier mistakes and the pot performed perfectly (grog in the […]

Earthenware cookpot experiment #1

I’ve been thinking about early medieval cooking lately, and some experiments I did 7 years ago with early medieval cook pots. You can’t put modern stoneware ceramics in a fire: the clay body is too sensitive to rapid changes in temperature, and will crack when exposed to an open flame (this is called ‘thermal shock’). […]

Peasant shoes

An annoying problem with reconstructions of the clothing of sixth-century lowland England is the lack of evidence for shoes. Leather rarely survives in graves, and we have little evidence of footwear before the seventh century. Did they go barefoot? Often, they probably did — Quita Mould notes that many medieval depictions of farmers and craft […]

Anglo-Saxon Blacksmith’s Tongs

Today, I finished a pair of blacksmith’s tongs. They are a copy of a pair found buried in a seventh-century grave in Tattershall Thorpe, England, with a man thought to have been an itinerant (mobile) smith. I started with two 10″ long bars of 1/2″ x 1/2″ square plain iron, recycled from an old fence. […]

Strike-a-light, firesteel, or pursemount

I wanted to make myself a new pouch, and that took me down a rabbit hole. The result was an artefact that has one of my favorite names: the strike-a-light. Anglo-Saxon pouches hardly ever survive in archaeological contexts, but their contents and their metal decorations do. One of the more common of these decorations, found […]

Designing a tunic for a sixth-century Anglo-Saxon

The tunic is the most basic garment of the early middle ages. It is also, however, one of the most challenging to research and accurately recreate. A series of unfortunate chances has rendered this staple garment almost entirely archaeologically invisible, and determining its fit, pattern, and style requires equal parts inference, guesswork, and experiment. This […]

Early medieval pillbox cap

I made two hats over the weekend! They are more than a little silly. But I suppose most hats are? The pattern is derived from a wonderfully preserved hat found in a settlement excavated near Leens, Netherlands, dating to the 7-9th centuries. You can read a detailed discussion of the hat (including a step-by-step breakdown […]

Turnshoes: from patterning to finished project

Turn shoes Step 1: Make the pattern and a fabric prototype [Materials: Canvas (or similar), pen/pencil, scissors] Create a sole: Spread out some canvas or similar tough cloth flat on the floor and trace around one of your feet. Try to be as precise as possible by following the contours of your foot very closely. […]

Padded Cloth Bracer, by Peter.

  Cloth Padded Bracer, by Peter In this post i’m going to show you guys how I made my cloth bracer. A cloth bracer(s) can be a usuful part of any fighting kit. Steel Bracers are great but sometimes it can still hurt to get hit on them! So a padded bracer underneath helps absorb […]