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    Thanks guys. I'll follow up on these suggestions....

    Thanks guys. I'll follow up on these suggestions.

    Yeah, it's a pretty cool site and I feel as though I hit the Lotto with this new gig. We're trying to arrange a (non-historical) event revolving...
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    Reproduction Garrison Flagpole

    Greetings and salutations!

    I'm the new superintendent over Fort Fetterman, on the eastern Wyoming prairie. And while not strictly Civil War era (1867 - 1882) it still falls within the same general...
  3. Generally, I try not to wash my uniforms too...

    Generally, I try not to wash my uniforms too often, but when I do:
    -pretreat any really nasty spots with mild detergent
    -wash by hand in warm water with mild detergent
    -run the uniform in the...
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    Chris and Mike, I'll make EVERY effort to be...

    Chris and Mike,

    I'll make EVERY effort to be there for this event. The last one was excellent, and the amount of work that the county put into your partnership was impressive.
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    That's why I said "dimensional" 2x2. It's...

    That's why I said "dimensional" 2x2. It's actually 2 inches by 2 inches. Modern 2x2s are something like 1-3/4"x1-3/4". Tell the guy at the lumber department what you need and he'll be able to advise...
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    Now THAT'S funny!

    Now THAT'S funny!
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    Start with a 2x2. If you can find a dimensional...

    Start with a 2x2. If you can find a dimensional 2x2, that's better. Set your table saw to rip at 45 degrees and you'll be in the money.

    HTH.
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    To paraphrase Robert Heinlein: "A poet who...

    To paraphrase Robert Heinlein: "A poet who [quotes himself] in public may have other nasty habits." :cool:

    My little smart-alecky comment aside, Dave's absolutely correct. And to quote Tom Lehrer:...
  9. I've met Terre several times and love her to...

    I've met Terre several times and love her to death. I've known Bernie since my earliest days of reenacting. In fact he was one of the very first men to reach out to me to offer me a home in the 30th...
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    Reattaching a button!!! You'll need that skill...

    Reattaching a button!!! You'll need that skill for-sure. It's a remarkable event where I don't pop one.
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    You're on the right track. I like to do some...

    You're on the right track. I like to do some things that the boys would have done that also help me as a reenactor. When my socks got too thin I asked around about how to darn them. I got some really...
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    My very dearest Aunt Sally. You have led us...

    My very dearest Aunt Sally.

    You have led us to pay dirt, ma'am. We contacted Ms. Brackman who has given us some great ideas and inspiration. She's also pointed us to a diamond-piece quilt in the...
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    My dearest Aunt Sally, Thank you for this...

    My dearest Aunt Sally,

    Thank you for this above information regarding War and Piece, and Ms. Brackman. These will be fine places for my good ladywife to start. The pattern she's interested in...
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    He cut a wide swath. And love him or hate him,...

    He cut a wide swath. And love him or hate him, his absence will be noticed.

    I doff my cap to you, sir!
  15. A chicken thigh works just as well, and looks...

    A chicken thigh works just as well, and looks enough like the joint where a thumb connects to the hand to give you a real visceral gut churn.
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    I just sent you a PM.

    I just sent you a PM.
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    Paper Piecing Quilting?

    My wife has very much enjoyed hand-quilting at reenactments over the past couple of years. It seems to really draw in the folks and gives her a chance to interact with them. Lately she's gotten into...
  18. ...where the women are strong, the men are good...

    ...where the women are strong, the men are good looking, and all the children above average.
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    If'n I had ta guess, I'd say it was a soft...

    If'n I had ta guess, I'd say it was a soft cap--not unlike a sleeping cap kind of thing. I wouldn't bet my paycheck on it...

    My first thought too was a kerchief but I don't see a knot.
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    Galvanized Yankees?

    Good morning!

    I'm wanting to do a little reading on Galvanized Yankees. Is there a good book out there like Wiley's Johnny Reb or Billy Yank? I'd like to know a little more about how the average...
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    I did a little research and came up with what I...

    I did a little research and came up with what I already knew. "Hoon" refers to a hooligan in a car. No dice there. I wonder if "sawed-hoon" originally came from "sod-hound" or some-such, and meant...
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    Bernie, this is really neat, and like so much...

    Bernie, this is really neat, and like so much good stuff, it begs a question. What is meant by "sawed-hoon"? (Please don't answer someone opposed to secession).
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    Thanks, everyone. All good points to ponder.

    Thanks, everyone. All good points to ponder.
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    Sage Advice for a Shovel?

    Greetings.

    I recently acquired an old shovel and want to know how best to protect it and still use it at events.

    It's a short-handled transfer, (or what I would call "coal"), shovel, with a...
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    Mighty purty! From a museum/conservation...

    Mighty purty!

    From a museum/conservation standpoint, I'd recommend that it's okay to gently clean it and re-oil it. If it were a part of my museum's collection I would gently disassemble the parts...
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