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Piping the Past

A couple weeks ago, I did some historical interpretation and piping for “The Past Passed Here” in Chippewa Falls.  For the event, I portrayed a piper for the Northwest Company in the late 1790s to early 1800s.  I spoke on the history of the fur trade and specifically the Scottish elements of the Northwest Co.   It was a fun little time and the school groups that came through were great.  My piping was definitely...

Another Pipe Banner and a Correction

About a year ago, I made a bagpipe banner and blogged on it.  The banner was to be a banner for the personal piper of Simon McTavish of the NorthWest Company.  In that post, I questioned some of the heraldic info out there and the coat of arms of the NorthWest company.  This stated, I was quite sure on the heraldry of Simon McTavish.  I have since found some information contradicting my earlier research on Simon’s...

New Leather Goods

I recently received a few things from a friend, who has recently moved to Morocco in search of creating some very nice reproduction historic goods.  Among the items I have received from him are a couple pairs of slippers (a pair for me and one for my wife) and a leather document folio. These items are amazing.  The leather is fantastic, as is the color and craftsmanship.  I have only worn the slippers for a short bit but I...

Breacan an Fhéilidh

As I prepare to do some bagpiping at a historic event, I have decided to do a little post on the Breacan an Fhéilidh or belted plaid.  This was the start of the kilt in its biggest, bulkiest, crudest form.  The reason I am drawn to blog on this is two-fold.  1.) I have a few 1750s reenactors that have been asking about building and putting on the fèileadh, and 2.) I have seen many people wearing these at historic events and...

Always a proud papa!

Since winning the fire starting contest at Grand Portage when she was 8, Noelle had wanted her own fire kit. She started doing the wool appliqué and beading and now, a few years later… I helped her finish the bag.  The design of the appliqué came from an early 19th century pair of leggings and garters in the Musée du Quai Branley in Paris.  As an 8 year old, I do not think she knew the Catholic symbolism of the design,...

A talk given

I had the privilege to be the guest speaker for a meeting of the Friends of Interstate Park. It was a fun evening and things went well in spite of a horrible cold. It was also sort of odd dressing in my historical clothing but with a beard (hopefully the authenticity police will excuse me as I am typically clean shaven for such things).  I will be giving a similar talk for the Oshkosh Public Museum on the 21st. of this...