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Post by Bardster on 25th June 2010, 9:23 pm

In fact I am running a course next week for twelve people!

Got a commission for a water bottle, something I hadn't done for a while. Decide to make three....


The large hold 1300ml, the small 500ml and the Mary Rose pattern hold 600ml.
Hope you like them.
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Post by polgara on 25th June 2010, 10:12 pm

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Post by Sparhawk on 26th June 2010, 8:45 am

They are great, do you line them?

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Post by Bardster on 26th June 2010, 12:24 pm

Only with beeswax. If the sewing is done really tightly they are waterproof just from being soaked in the hot beeswax, but if not it just needs a little beeswax that is only just molten run around the inside seam. If I do a display one I will often do a double seam round the outside which really helps, but takes twice as long with the sewing and adds a lot to the final cost. Most of the cost is in the time it takes to make, cutting the leather takes no time at all, as does immersing it in the hot wax. All the time is in the stitching - making the holes and threading them etc.
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Post by Dandelion on 26th June 2010, 1:07 pm

Do you ever sell your work at Tewkesbury mediaeval fair, Bardster - I've seen similar work there (and at re-enactor's fairs)
The three bottles you showed are beautiful.

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Post by Bardster on 26th June 2010, 3:11 pm

Never sold it at a fair no, but plenty of other people now make them. When I started making them about ten years ago they were quite rare in the re-enactment scene but now seem to be very common. Bushcrafters like them a lot too and I know of at least four or five other makers.
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Post by Sparhawk on 26th June 2010, 11:59 pm

Thanks very much for the reply Bardster, I was wondering for taste but you have answered several queries at once...

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Post by Bardster on 27th June 2010, 12:27 pm

it sweetens the water.... depending on how old/strong/pure your wax is. You get a faint hint of honey. The wax I use was sourced from a bee farm and is unprocessed so smells fairly strong, unfortunately I have used it so much that its gone quite dark and lost some of that lovely smell.

I have done a photo story on how to make these over on my forum at the Bushcraft Magazine. You can either read it over there or I would be happy to duplicate it here.
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Post by Sparhawk on 29th June 2010, 1:47 am

If you wouldn't mind posting it here too I know I would be greatful & I'm sure there would be others too...

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Post by chickenofthewoods on 4th July 2010, 9:39 pm

Had a great day today with Bardster and his good lady learning how to make all manner of useful things (in my case a nice curved adze cover). We really enjoyed ourselves - thanks!

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Post by Adrian on 4th July 2010, 9:54 pm

ooo piccies?

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Post by chickenofthewoods on 4th July 2010, 10:23 pm

You'll have to ask Bardster about those, there were some taken at the end of the day with the collected pieces of work.

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