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Oct. 23rd, 2008 12:35 pm
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This is the ultimate dream-version of what I would want for Viking-age camping:
http://www.currentmiddleages.org/tents/article3althing.pdf

With a dash of romantic, 19th century painting:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Law_speaker.jpg
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Last night, about an hour or so after I'd finished painting about 1/4 of the tent yellow, it started raining. I didn't worry too much because previously leaving the yellow paint out in the rain didn't seem to do much to it. Obviously, I didn't take into account what still-damp paint would do.

the entire tent panel )

Just to clarify -- because we live on a very open,windy hillslope, we get a lot of things blown in, and one can assume blown away.
To cut down on the amount of stuff in the backyard that could go missing, I had folded the canvas in half, so the top side could be painted and the other half could act as a drop cloth.
With the rain, it meant that the paint soaked through both layers of canvas, and then pooled underneath on the concrete.

So there is a dry, unaffected half, a splotchy yellow half, and a pale yellow half.
The three shades of yellow )

The other fantastic thing that has happened, is now all the dirt that blows in has stuck to it, so it's now a filthy, blotchy piece of painted canvas. But if anyone asks, it was intentional.(It doesn't look at all bad in the photos but in person it looks rather grotty.) Yet the half that had been dried and finished didn't run at all, it was just a bit damp when I unfolded it all to dry in the sun this morning.

Last photo -- the cool pattern I'm painting on. )
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Has anyone head of this, and is it available online somewhere?

Boehmer G.H. (1893) Prehistoric Naval Architecture of the North of Europe. Washington: Report of the U.S. National Museum

Trying to find information about the Gokstad sail is a brute. And I'm curious to know if the vague wording comes from a translation in the 19th century book, or if it lies with a few of the modern articles I'm reading.

You see, it all comes down to stripes )
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The tent is finished except for what I decide to do in regards to closures, and paint.

It's a lot harder to put it up using bricks instead of tent pegs, than what I thought. So I'm hoping that the sagging is due to bricks being not designed to hold tents up rather than anything silly I've done.

Weirdly enough, I can get the tent to looks like a Holden tent, but the plan for a miners' tent isn't working as well. I think the centre pole is too short, but screwing the second half of the pole on makes it too tall.
BUT, add a guy rope, like in this illumination, and you get a more flat-fronted, but pyramid-looking tent. (Here's another one from the same manuscript).

It looks like I'll be able to squeeze in with a camp bed and a bag of stuff to live out of, but my depth perception is wonky at the best of times, and the little strip of lawn in the concreted backyard isn't big enough for me to stretch the tent out on. And I don't entirely trust the bricks.

Oh, and here's another webpage on tarp tents.
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Nothing Viking age, but sometimes I stumble onto cool things...

Fragments of a Roman tent
Some information on Roman tent pegs
Leather artifacts in the Hadrian's Wall Area has references to more tent fragments on page 2.[PDF]
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After looking at what I have left over from painting the shield for the College, it looks like I have a lot of yellow and black paint left over. It's not my first choice, since I would prefer more red than black, but it's a possible colour combination.

According to Peter Beatsons' article on shields, yellow would have come from Orpiment, and black from charcoal.

This would give a different colour to the yellow ochres it's suggested were used in sail painting, so you wouldn't get that "red sails in the sunset" look if orpiment was used.

I'm not a chemist, so I might be missing why you couldn't in theory paint a sail with charcoal and orpiment rather than red and yellow ochre, but since my tent is experimental and I don't want to spend any more money than I need to, it's going to be the 'wrong' shade of yellow.

And what do I intend to paint on my tent? The funky almost stained-glass cathedral window quilting pattern of the sail on the Tjängvide picture stone.(Thanks [livejournal.com profile] florentinescot!)

ETA: http://ctr.hum.ku.dk/upload/application/pdf/f51d6748/Anna%20N%C3%B8rg%C3%A5rd.pdf
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80 °F/27 °C yesterday, and 82.4 °F/28.0 °C today. Beautiful weather, and today after declaring it to be study-free got to be outside and enjoy it!

Two sides of the tarp-tent have been sewn with peg-loop-things and reinforced, two more sides to go. Then I need to figure out how exactly I plan to attach the toggles so I can make a door that shuts. I'm thinking one row of loops on one side, and then two rows of toggles so I can close it from the inside and outside.

How have other people solved that problem?
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Andersen, Erik. (1995) 'Square sails of wool.' 1n: Shipshape. Essays for Ole Crumlin-Pedersen pp.249-270
Read more... )

I wonder if this article mentions the same Erik Andersen?
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Interesting tidbit from
Bill Cooke, Carol Christiansen and Lena Hammarlund (2002) "Viking woollen square-sails and fabric cover factor" International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 31(2) p 202-210

I think it can be concluded that it is tricky to find much information about sails, since there are fragments from the Gokstad and Oseberg ships, then a big gap until the 13-15th century fragment (with eyelets!) from Trondheim church,and then there's a bunch of other bits and bobs that date up to the 19th century. The quoted stuff under the cut I'm having trouble finding a date of, but it's still interesting:
wind-proofing is easier on a warp-weighted loom, with a supply of beef fat )
ETA: The Elements and Practice of Rigging And Seamanship, 1794, by David Steel says:
Read more... )
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Just confirming what I've been suspecting: pyramid tarp-tents (scroll 3/4 way down.)

(There's that webpage with Anglo-Saxon tents that look a bit like they're made from sails. This page has two 'church' ones at the bottom)

Edit: Here are a couple more, and from the Utrecht Psalter website (since the uni computers use IE.)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v244/quokkaqueen/FOL_024V-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v244/quokkaqueen/FOL_034V-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v244/quokkaqueen/FOL_048V.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v244/quokkaqueen/FOL_049R.jpg

And here are a cone tents from various places like the Eadwine psalter:
http://www.viatores-temporis.de/handwerk/zelt_en.html
and http://www.viatores-temporis.de/info/zelte.php
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From the Internet Archive:

A short guide for the use of visitors to the viking-ship from Gokstad (1898)
Author: Ingvald Martin Undset, 1853-1893

It's only a little book, and is an easy enough read, but has some interesting ideas about tents.
pearl: Black and white outline of a toadstool with paint splatters. (Default)
This painting has a tent that looks an awful lot like one of those portable carport frames...
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Almost conical tents from http://www.currentmiddleages.org/tents/yurt1pic.htm

Yes, I like conical tents, why do you ask? :)

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