My Clothing and Gear

People always seem to find it interesting to see how others do things, or what gear they use. Over the years I've watched and participated in numerous "Show and tells" featuirng all kinds of clothing and gear. In the off chance it may be helpful or interesting to someone, I've included a few photos of some of my gear and clothing along with a description below. If you have any questions, feel free to inquire,

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Shooting Bag & Contents and Powder Horn.

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My shooting bag is constructed.of vegetable tanned leather with a couple of beaver tails making up the flap. It's lined with pillowticking. The strap is. hand woven wool. Hanging from the strap is a horn powder measure, a pan brush and vent pick and a small loading block. Attached to the back of the bag is a small knife in a beaver tail sheath. The bags contents include: a ball mold, brass compass, tin oil can, flint wallet, forged turnscrew/knapper, bars of lead,  brain tanned bag containing tow, two different tow worms and a small lead ladle. What you don't see are some cast balls inside the tow bag. My horn is fairly simple with just a little carving, the plug is a hand carved three leaf clover.. On the horn strap is a crudely carved hawthorn short starter for when things start getting tight...

Rucksack & Contents  (Possibles bag)

My rucksack is constructed of  12 oz. hemp canvas. It measures 14"x 19" x 3".  The canvas is treated with a mixture of burnt umber paint powder and linseed oil. This mixture was worked well into the canvas and took about two weeks to dry. The bag is now impervious to water. The bottom is reinforced  with leather wrapping up the front and back. The straps are reinforced with copper rivets. Presently there are two brass rings attached to the bottom of the bag for carrying blankets, but I don't like this approach and will be removing them. They allow the bedroll to swing to much.
Pictured here are some of the foodstuffs that.are always in my rucksack. In the lower left corner is a pile of pieces of portable soup, which is basically boullion rendered down from beef roasts or the leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Moving clockwise is a sample of ground blue mexican corn.  Next is a conglomeration of jerky. This is quite dry, but reconstitutes easily. Below the jerky is a bag of steel cut oats. Boiled oats with raisins or cranberries makes a fine breakfast. To the left of the oats is a piece of bacon. I've carried some pieces of bacon for more than a year and still was able to use it. Left of the bacon is a small salt horn. In the center are two cones of muscavado sugar, a cake of maple sugar and some mexican chocolate.
          This is not all I usually carry with me. I also enjoy split peas, corn cakes, fresher jerky, an occasional apple, parched corn kernals with walnuts and maple sugar mixed in to name a few.

When it comes time to cook, I use a tin boiler or small sheet steel fry pan. The  tin quite light and very convenient for preparing other foods. I use a long handled silver spoon and a wooden spoon. If I am lucky enough to have some fresh meat, it usually gets roasted on a green willow over the coals.
Seems like there is always something to repair. Here are the items I carry in my sewing kit. A small pair of scissors, a woden needle case with various needles, a wooden boobin filled with light linen thread, a roll of brown waxed linen  6 ply thread, a small awl carried stuck into a lump of beeswax, a bundle of rawhide lacing and some leather scrap.

It's good to practice some hygiene on the trail. Here is the ubiquitous bone-handled, boar-bristled tooth brush, some castlie soap, a small mirror and a horn comb. Also pictured is a turkey bone which may be used to blow on the tinder bundle when lighting a fire, or to practice making turkey calls.
That's the basics of what's in my pack. The themes seem to be fairly common among re-enactors with variances in the details.

Something I didn't show here is the Pur water filter I carry. A good friend and trekker Kent Klein carries a small medical pouch marked with a red cross. I like that idea and will incorporate it in my bag to carry my insulin supplies.