DIY dipped latex elf ear tips

Mara’ramja, hello all! It’s Fyaren again, this time with a cheap, fun latex ear tip project you can make at home!  Finally: get the small expensive look of subtle silicone tips for the price (and maintenance) of familiar latex, match the base ear color to your skin tone, craft that perfect upturned ear tip shape, […]

Bean and Oat cakes: proof of concept for unleavened, gluten free, chewy carbs at campouts!

Hello Drentha! Fyaren here again.  Camping at Ragnarok, the largest event for our sport Dagorhir, is a fantastic but taxing experience in all aspects.  For campers with food allergies, like myself, hassle-free food alternatives are essential for fueling an active, healthy character all week long!  Alric gave me a fun article on early Anglo-Saxon breads (I […]

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 […]