Thursday, July 23, 2009

Through the looking glass

I needed a long rawhide cord for the powder horn, so I could hang it with the old family musket. So I went off to AC Moore, a big craft store.

While looking through 87 rows of craft supplies for rawhide, I made a wrong turn in Albuquerque and ended up in the knitting section.

Boy, howdy, there sure are a lot of different sorts of yarn. Colors, textures, sizes. There are clearly a lot of folks who knit.

But I found my rawhide. Now I'm trying to figure out whether to use a single loop, or get fancy and braid several strands before tying it to the horn. I don't have any idea how people used to carry their power horns - if anyone has any better idea, let me know.


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Buck said...

I'd look up historical reenactments for that period. Some of them take great pains to be accurate. Oh' on another note I'm loving the switch to Firefox. My spellchecker works with it. No more thesaurus. Thanks.

Borepatch said...

Hammer, great picture. I'll exercise my Google-fu.

Buck, that's a great suggestion. We actually have a set of Minuteman re-enactors in the area. I think I'll look them up. And I'm glad you like Firefox. It's not a panacea, but it is less of a target, and the windows of vulnerability are shorter.

Weer'd Beard said...

Buck gave me a good idea. Pop down to local town square (tm) and look at the various statues, or pop into town hall (tm) and look at paintings.

This IS Mass, and while we have forgotten what the meaning behind it was, this state has a hardon for patriots and minuetmen.

mdmnm said...

Check out "Track of the Wolf" at

They'll likely have examples of period-correct powder horns and lanyards.