May 9, 2013
On May 7, Pontiac entered the fort with about 300 men, armed with weapons hidden under blankets, determined to take the fort by surprise. However, the British commander Henry Gladwin had apparently been informed of Pontiac's plan, and the garrison of about 120 men was armed and ready. Pontiac withdrew and, two days later, May 9th, laid siege to the fort. A number of British soldiers and civilians in the area outside the fort were captured or killed; one of the soldiers was ritually cannibalized, as was the custom in some Great Lakes Indian cultures. The violence was directed only at the British: French colonists were left alone. Eventually more than 900 Indian warriors from a half-dozen tribes joined the siege.
May 8, 2013
One of our members from Wulff's Rangers is a accomplished Horner, Roy Howman, I had him make up this priming horn for me and as you can see he did a excellent job.He asked what I wanted engraved on the horn and he delivered.
Roy dose excellent work and you can check more of his work on his web site. http://royhowmanbhw.weebly.com/index.html
So now that I have a new priming horn I needed a new shot bag. I have been working hard on trying to get caught up on my orders and decided to take a brake and make up a new bag. So I spent some time on Sunday and Monday to put this bag together. The bag that I am currently using just wasn't deep enough, so using the same bag pattern I made it a little deeper and half inch wider, (7x8) and changed the style of the flap. I also played around with the strap. I had some left over piece of strapping left from other project, so I ended up with it being 1 1/4" wide and tapering it down to fit a one inch iron buckle. I then spliced in a one inch wide tongue to fit the buckle. It worked out well and I like the look. It's just a simple leather bag 3/4 oz. veg tanned leather, welted seam and hand sewn with waxed linen thread. The flap is made up of two pieces of leather 4 oz. backed with 2 oz. so not to be to thick, the edge is hand stitched then burnished to give it a nice finished look. A small amount of tooling added along with a button closer.
I also added a very small inside pocket to carry my hunting tags in, they are out of sight but not left at home. The new horn will fit nicely in on top of what I carried in my old bag. Now I'm thinking a new powder horn!!!
May 2, 2013
April 28, 2013
Now 31 years later I am still try to put together a period correct outfit but, for a different place and time. I am now trying to be a early ranger of the 1750 French & Indian war, patrolling in Pennsylvanian. And still looking good!!
|The wife & I 1986|
|Brian, age 6 now 31|
|Craig, age 4 now 29|
|Eric, age 2 now 27|
April 26, 2013
April 15, 2013
I use them for a flint wallet, also for carrying shot cards for my fowler. A friend of mine uses his to carry his cleaning tools for his fowler in.
I use one for my period coin and my rosary that is in my waistcoat pocket and it works great for ones pipe tobacco. I'm sure that one could find other uses for them.
They are made from 3/4 oz. veg-tan leather, hand stitched and tooled. Dyed and treated with oil and bee's wax (2 3/4" x 3 3/4")