This Christmas season I ran out of projects (other than gifting) for myself to do. I had seen several posts on BCUSA telling of how the guys made their own wool shirts and capotes from old woolen army blankets. I thought, "how cool that would be if I could do that." Now you have to understand, I am no seamstress. I can hardly sew a straight line. The only thing I am even passable at is the whipstitch, which, it turned out, I used quite a bit in this project anyhow.
I hoomed and hommed and figured that since my Italian blanket that I'd been using on my bed was so ratty to begin with, I might as well turn it into a shirt. I looked at various ways of making woolen hunting shirts and finally just buckled down and watched Dave Canterbury's video on making a woolen 18th century hunting shirt. As it turned out he had to improvise quite a bit on his seeing as he made his way too big to fit him. And as it turned out, mine turned out huge too. But, after hemming and washing and drying, I have come to realize that the best way to wear one of these things is wth a heavy leather belt around your waist--blousing it, as G1 states, "to hide your hardware."
This is (roughly) what the blanket looked like before cutting on it (pic courtesy of CTD):
And this is what it looked like after roughing out:
And this is the final finished release, with sewn buttonholes (stoopid grommet failure), paracord lacing, an antler slide button and hemmed seams:
Thanks to all who gave advice on making this type of shirt. Dave Canterbury, SGT. Mac, FrauHilda, G1, Bushbumming, OldSarge, BST, and all the other guys who have experimented with wool in the past and who offered helpful hints!:) Cheers! PMZ
When you modify Old Hickory knives for spare cash, you accumulate a lot of "ends" (tips) or cuttoffs. This one was particularly long, and I had the leftovers from my bushie blank handling experiment...and I had extra liner material...so I decided to try something new:)
This was completely winged, improvised, etc. I had no plan to make it into this shape...it just "happened." And I am grateful that it turned out to be useable. Normally I prefer a short blade and long handle on my knives...thankfully this one is still "doable" as-is.
Made this Roach Belly pattern belt knife out of a vintage Old Hickory 12" butcher knife:
Hilt shaped, sanded and soaked in mineral oil for a day and a half as is my practice of late. Sheath I made out of some not-so-good leather which affected its decency. It's one sheath I'm not proud of. But the knife more than makes up for it:) It's going to a forum member for the knife swap. Cheers:) PMZ
I reground (again) my personal bushie piece the other night, giving it a deep choil and a rounded handle. I soaked the hilt in mineral oil, and made a sheath for it. This is my first horizontal type sheath so it's pretty rough, but it is bombproof and it is for my own use so I'm not too worried about looks:)
This here is a mask that I meant for the axe in the post below...but I made it too small! LOL. Dumb, I know. But it ended up that way so I am trading or selling it on BCUSA. It would fit a small axe/hatchet with less than a 4" long head (from toe to poll). It's triple welted, edges skived and burnished and darkened slightly with coffee solution. It comes with the buyer's choice of four finishes: Neatsfoot oil, beeswax and orange oil wood finisher (works well on leather too:p), black boot polish or brown boot polish.
Today I picked up a decent (e.g. not cross grained garbage) handle from ACE and two wedge/bit sets. It took me at least two hours this evening I suppose it might not have been sized right for the weight of head...the handle was a "Link" brand "Boy's Axe 28"" and it came with a wooden wedge but the steel one had fallen out of the tape wrap.
I had hesitated on this project, debating whether the head was worth the effort. The toe is pretty effed up and worn down, and the poll is mushroomed. Ultimately I decided to try it anyway. I figure even if it is not in best condition, it is certainly good enough to use.
Rehafted and with a superglue-soaked paracord wrap to cover the remaining split near the shoulder:
I did that mainly to reinforce it as I had removed quite a bit of wood near the shoulder and wanted it to last.
I like to read, write, hunt, hike, backpack, listen to music, worship God, and sit under trees. I love good gear, things that go BANG, things that are sharp, good tobacco, good beer (think Guinness) and good coffee/tea.
Recently I have been getting into learning and implementing primitive living skills, also known as Bushcraft. I have also been a prepper since 1998 or earlier.