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Post by Bardster on 10th July 2010, 8:57 pm

Here's a preview of my next/current project. Any ideas what it is?

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Post by Dandelion on 10th July 2010, 10:02 pm

A holster/holder for something?

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Post by Bardster on 10th July 2010, 10:30 pm

Its something very similar to what I have shown here before... and yes it does hold something.... Very Happy
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Post by Bardster on 10th July 2010, 10:42 pm

a little more then...
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Post by Sparhawk on 10th July 2010, 11:45 pm

A holder for one of those fabulous water containers...?

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Post by Bardster on 11th July 2010, 9:39 am

Not a holder no.....
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Post by polgara on 11th July 2010, 11:52 am

I think it is another water container.

The curvy bit surely will be stitched up to the cut out bit, & the same done the other side

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Post by Zoe on 11th July 2010, 12:00 pm

Interesting! If is a water carrier how do you seal the seams Bardster?
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Post by chickenofthewoods on 11th July 2010, 12:26 pm

I suspect it's a leather barrel (also known as a 'pig'?) Dead curious to see how firmly you'll close up the points where the seams join at the top - it's going to need a fair bit of pressure to pull the stitching in. Are you drilling the needle holes?

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Post by Bardster on 11th July 2010, 1:42 pm

All the seams get sealed when its dipped in the beeswax. Doesn't really require much force for the corners. Again any gaps will be sealed by wax. All the holes on this one were done with a stabbing awl, like the ones I had on the course. The problem with drilling is that it removes leather rather than parting the fibres which then close up again. Anyhow, the sewing is finished so here it is.
A Costrel, such as those found on the Mary Rose.


Now it needs soaking, stuffing and then waxing. Need to make a bung for it too.
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Post by Dandelion on 11th July 2010, 3:09 pm

It's beautiful

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Post by Bardster on 11th July 2010, 3:20 pm

Will look a lot nicer once it achieves its proper colour and shape after stuffing and waxing and with a bit of a polish.
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Post by chickenofthewoods on 12th July 2010, 12:40 am

It is beautiful. I wonder how it got its name.

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Post by polgara on 12th July 2010, 8:03 am

Alright, so I got it a bit wrong, but it is certainly a lovely thing. Hope we get to see the finished item. nthread

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Post by Bardster on 16th July 2010, 9:28 pm

And here's the final result.
Tis only a little one, it only holds five pints....




And a little family of them.



And two made by the people on the course I did .


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Post by Adrian on 16th July 2010, 9:35 pm

I want that one!

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Post by polgara on 16th July 2010, 9:44 pm

They are all so special. Well done Bardster

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Post by Bardster on 16th July 2010, 10:22 pm

chickenofthewoods wrote:It is beautiful. I wonder how it got its name.


[Middle English, from Old French costerel, possibly from costier,
at the side, from coste, rib, from Latin costa;

A water bottle that was always at your side, attached to your belt.
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Post by Adrian on 16th July 2010, 10:47 pm

You are very talented Bardster - do you sell them?

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Post by boobiejuicemama on 18th July 2010, 12:13 pm

That is fantastic!! I really want one Smile very clever...I wish I could do EVERYTHING!
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Post by Bardster on 18th July 2010, 9:47 pm

I do sell them yes, used to makes batches of 12 at a time. These days I tend to do them on commission. Got an order for the big barrel one this weekend after walking around with it full of cider all weekend Very Happy
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