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by SierraStrider
Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Tolkien was an Anarchist"
Replies: 8
Views: 1090

Re: "Tolkien was an Anarchist"

While I decidedly *don't* want to get into modern politics, as such a thing has already destroyed one good board I miss... GOD NO. I don't care if he voted Tory or Labour and wouldn't have brought up so mundane a fact, but...anarcho-monarchism is just such an endearingly offbeat ideal of human gove...
by SierraStrider
Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Tolkien was an Anarchist"
Replies: 8
Views: 1090

"Tolkien was an Anarchist"

I just saw a fascinating discussion on the r/TolkienFans subreddit, where someone by the handle u/MadHopper posted the following: Many people know of Tolkien’s various influences, but it’s not often discussed how his anarcho-monarchist political leanings touched on his work. From a letter to Chr...
by SierraStrider
Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: Elleth's Pendants for Yule
Replies: 7
Views: 1067

Elleth's Pendants for Yule

This is a bit different, since these accessories are made with modern processes and not particularly period-appropriate, but they achieved a look that I've been dreaming of for some time and finally executed to a surprising degree of efficacy. I had to brainstorm a bit on Elleth's requests for this ...
by SierraStrider
Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: WoodCraft
Topic: Dakota Firehole Experiment Results
Replies: 27
Views: 13841

Re: Dakota Firehole Experiment Results

How about throwing some rocks into your under bed fire pit. Once the stones are heated they should give up heat a little longer so you won't have to feed the pit or stir up the coals as often, giving you a better. Rocks are actually comparatively terrible at storing heat. The specific heat of water...
by SierraStrider
Tue Dec 15, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: WoodCraft
Topic: Dakota Firehole Experiment Results
Replies: 27
Views: 13841

Re: Dakota Firehole Experiment Results

So I've posted the results of this a bit around the internet. There were a LOT of suggestions to "Just use a hot water bottle". Apart from the fact that hot water isn't workable in a flacket, this suggestion seemed to be missing the point, so I decided to do S C I E N C E . I've used hot w...
by SierraStrider
Wed Dec 09, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Outings
Topic: An overnighter in full kit
Replies: 8
Views: 2586

Re: An overnighter in full kit

What song was that? "Herr Mannelig", an old Swedish folk tune. "Early one morning, before the sun rose up, Before the birds started singing, The mountain troll approached the handsome squire She had a false tongue. 'Sir Manly, Sir Manly, Betrothe yourself to me For all I so gladly of...
by SierraStrider
Wed Dec 09, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: WoodCraft
Topic: Dakota Firehole Experiment Results
Replies: 27
Views: 13841

Re: Dakota Firehole Experiment Results

I'm very impressed that you picked a below-freezing night for your first overnighter in full kit! "Picked" might be a strong word. Up to now I haven't dared build a fire around here (California), so camping earlier in the year was a no-go, even though my kit was ready. And I didn't know i...
by SierraStrider
Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Outings
Topic: An overnighter in full kit
Replies: 8
Views: 2586

Re: An overnighter in full kit

I also was thinking about how important it could be in the tinderbox-like environment you trek in to have a fire so well contained like that...no need for things to get out of hand! I've been thinking for some time that it would be ideal in nearly all environments in the context of a solo Ranger, t...
by SierraStrider
Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Outings
Topic: An overnighter in full kit
Replies: 8
Views: 2586

An overnighter in full kit

3fDA9ByQaJA Here's the video of my recent trip--my first ever in full gear, which is kind of crazy given how long I've been working on this. Everything worked great--Surprisingly great, really. My garb was comfortable, my tools worked perfectly, and my food was delicious. I managed to sleep warm in...
by SierraStrider
Tue Dec 08, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: WoodCraft
Topic: Dakota Firehole Experiment Results
Replies: 27
Views: 13841

Dakota Firehole Kotatsu

TL;DR: filling a hole with fire and sleeping on it works way better than you'd think. Last night I spent my first full night out in full kit. I'll be posting a video of the outing, but one thing I wanted to share was a way of using a Dakota Firehole that I haven't seen before...maybe for good reason...
by SierraStrider
Sun Nov 15, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help me warn Sierra Strider!
Replies: 17
Views: 2603

Re: Help me warn Sierra Strider!

I've been informed. Thanks for reaching out. Thankfully, there's good evidence that COVID is not very infectous at all through fomite vectors. The box and its contents should be safe, and definitely will be by Yule.
by SierraStrider
Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Elder Cane Spice Bottles
Replies: 9
Views: 1974

Re: Elder Cane Spice Bottles

They're each about 4" (10cm) long by ½" (13mm) in diameter. The internal volume is a little more than 4ml, or right around a teaspoon...which is not a ton.
by SierraStrider
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Elder Cane Spice Bottles
Replies: 9
Views: 1974

Re: Elder Cane Spice Bottles

I love everything about this! I'm so tempted to try something like this myself, but alas I don't know what I would use them for, as I rarely carry spices when trekking. One other thing that they could be useful for is tinder. Fully waxed, with a waxed, friction-fit stopper, these seem unexpectedly ...
by SierraStrider
Mon Nov 09, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Elder Cane Spice Bottles
Replies: 9
Views: 1974

Elder Cane Spice Bottles

In my post on making an elder cane needle case , I mentioned that this technique could be good for other small containers, such as spice bottles. Well, I did it. https://i.imgur.com/lvG11nE.jpg?2 These have a few advantages over glass bottles--first, authenticity. While the very twee little bottles ...