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    Downsizing.

    I’ve sooted up the lanterns and cookware with a little paint so this end of the camp fire diorama is pretty well done now. Just a couple of small details to go in but I’m waiting on materials for those. I want some seating and a fitted out travelling trunk for the other end. I’ve a mind to...
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    corona virus projects any one?

    Such a useful skill.
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    Downsizing.

    If you have ever cooked around a Steam Tent fire rig you will probably recognise this straight away. A Bottle Jack... A clockwork device for rotating meat or poultry in front of the fire for roasting. This one is made from a .22 shell casing and some bits of brass from my scrap drawer. The...
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    Trench Candles

    I use historical lamps of all sorts in my work. Usually with oil but sometimes with fat. They have thier place but not usually inside a lantern.
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    Trench Candles

    If the police look in my van, a trench candle could be the least of my worries...
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    Downsizing.

    Another of the essential tools we use on our main fire rig is a trammel hook for raising and lowering the pots over the flames. Think of them as the knob on the front of your cooker, for increasing and decreasing the heat. Made from electrical wire and scraps of brass, this one has a limited...
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    Downsizing.

    The first time I saw one of these kettle / coffee pot tippers was on a camp Riam had set up by his Vardo. I thought it was so clever that I immediately started to think about whether it could be adapted to our kettle on the Steam Tent Co-op fire rig. The jury is still out on that one...
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    Downsizing.

    In that case... The next instalment. The terrain mat is now in place on the platform and I've built a hanging kettle from a pipe reducer and some scrap brass pipe and plate. The lid was the top of a pen cap. I'm aiming to make a cowboy style kettle tilt for this but...
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    The scent of nostalgia

    So many great memories here. I heard somewhere that smells directly stimulate the amygdala which is a primal part of our brain connected with emotion and other instinctive responses. I guess that is why it has such power to evoke strong reminiscences.
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    Downsizing.

    Now there is an idea. I have been thinking of a smaller camping diorama. That might work for that. No, this is just for my own enjoyment really. I am making it all so that it can be portable so it might make it out to some of the Steam Tent camps.
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    Downsizing.

    Wiring this fellow up was an interesting challenge. It started out as a non working model of a hurricane lantern, so I drilled a 1/8th" hole up through the base and into the solid globe. This allowed me to slip a "grain of wheat" bulb into the clear resin with a drop of super glue to...
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    The Hárbarðr / Hrafn Casket

    I just wanted a couple of cabochons for the eyes. I thought they would work well and I like the result so I'm OK now. Thanks for the offer though, it's not that easy to get these days.
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    Moot 2020 Is it or is it not

    If it's on I certainly intend to be there. If I'm not broke by then...
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    The Hárbarðr / Hrafn Casket

    The jet arrived today so I was able to finish the Ravens off at last. Huginn (Thought) looks forward and Muninn (Memory) looks backward of course. This will be used to contain some of the nicer, more precious items in both at home and on camp.
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    corona virus projects any one?

    The jet arrived today so I was able to finish the Ravens off at last. Huginn (Thought) looks forward and Muninn (Memory) looks backward of course. This will be used to contain some of the nicer, more precious items in both at home and on camp.
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    corona virus projects any one?

    That is beautiful. Well done both of you.
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    The scent of nostalgia

    Very kind of you to say but your legacy will last much longer.
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    The scent of nostalgia

    I suspect as I get older it may be one of my few regrets, not having children. So far though it has enabled me to do many things that I would simply not have been able to afford had my limited income had more important priorities.
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    The scent of nostalgia

    Bubble gum for me was that weird fruity smell and taste that was like no fruit I ever came across. Even now I would define it as it's own taste. "Like bubblegum" Cinnamon is a Christmas smell for me.
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    The scent of nostalgia

    I bet you are right. I've no kids so have had no occasion to smell it since I was young but I do recall it had a strong smell.