A quick shot of the oak floor after a coat of stain. The doorway will have a threshold, also of oak. I like the stain enough that it has settled the finish in my mind. All wood will be stained “golden oak”, then varnished. The various woods will take the stain differently and provide nice variation in color (I hope).
After several requests for information, here is a short list of inspirational sites found on the web.
Sheep Herder Wagons
Interesting mix of Traveler vehicles
I have begun adding a few more shoe photos on the footwear page. I am still gathering information about pre-industrial footwear, especially prehistoric types. I hope to make and experiment with these more in the future.
Despite the short evenings and annoying cold weather I have been able to get a few things accomplished in the evenings.
More on the Vardo Page.
Lots of little pieces added to the beast may be hardly noticeable but still critical to the whole. Finally, a door (half), second seat, and under-bed storage. The cold, snow and ice have made it less appealing to work but everything adds up, even on these short days. More on the vardo page.
I have returned from Rabbitstick 2009 and will upload some photos of the event. For those who don’t know or just stumbled into this page, this event is a gathering of people who are seriously interested in primitive technology. Its a place to learn, teach, and exchange ideas on subjects not easily found elsewhere. Photos from past Primitive Technology events are posted here.
This is a view of a beautiful skin-on-frame kayak made by Kiliii of Dancing Hawk.
I am all about the DIY. After making a pair of sandals for Winter Count this year (I arrived with only work boots) I got re-interested in making shoes. I have made many moccasins for woods walking, especially when I was into mountain man and F & I re-enactment and decided to make some new ghillies. I like these because there is almost no sewing and I think they are cool. Much of Europe wore a variation of this theme for millenia. I then took it as a veritable sign when I saw this on the Instructables web page: http://www.instructables.com/id/Viking_shoes/. Even though these are listed as Viking style, I think they are commonly associated with their Celtic cousins in Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. And they are very nearly the same as Roman carbatina. Essentially, a basic European shoe.
I made a set of these many years ago with a little instruction from an acquaintance and they were great. These new ones are a little more thought out and I will likely make a better pair based on what I learned here. Click photos for larger picture.