I mentioned last time about how it was really nice to seeing my friends who started out at Dade Battlefield as kids and now had their kids with them. One of our newer participants, Craig the Shell Carver, has a new son that was born yesterday, named Hawk Saxon. And check out Craig's other work at NativeShell.com.
Getting a little more in the the mechanics of our reenactment, we had a lot of kinks to work out. New people always need training. Many people said that on Saturday, too many of the warriors had smiles on their faces while walking among the soldiers, and needed to have a more serious attitude. Sunday went much better. For me, this is almost a spiritual experience to do this reenactment, since seeing it since 1985. Once it starts, I cannot help but join in and fire off some charges.
Sunday when we were getting ready to start, one guy showed up with a 5-ft. long spear with an iron point. We told him that he can't bring that out to the field. He went and watched from the audience instead. I don't know if he attended the safety meeting on Saturday, but I suspect that he did not. His outfit really needs some work, too. So for this event, walk-ons are still a problem.
For making outfits, there really are no short cuts. Using modern materials does not work, still looks like crap, and you don't save any time on construction. Using the correct stuff doesn't cost much more. So don't take obvious cuts in quality or materials. And don't use modern synthetic materials because the nylon and polyester will melt when the come in contact with flame. I have holes burnt in my silk scarves and coats, but those are period correct materials and I did not notice the damage until much later with no injury to myself.
Also, the blackpowder rules in the state are changing. I will post the documents on our sem war yahoo group when they are ready. Some of you may have heard us talk about the different levels of safety supervisors, instructors, and the difference between the levels for full-time park personnel and volunteers. Overall, that should not make a difference at what we do at Dade Battle reenactment.
What will be a difference is the age limit. This is not something the state just magically came up with. Other states and the federal parks were looked at to see what they allow for their events, and Florida state parks will be coming in line with what many other states have. It will take me some time to pull that information up, so let me go ahead and post this blog, and post more of the blackpowder safety on a future posting.
On January 8th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Chris- You commented on correct outfits. I counseled a 14 and 16 year old on the moccasins they had made following the workbook instructions. They weren't real enthuisiastic when I said they ought to take the mocs apart, make adjustments, and reassemble them. But they were very happy at how much better the mocs fit and wore after they did that. They were a lot more willing to do the second moc than the first one. I also gently steered them away from the Hong Kong Tribe brass hatchets they had in their belts. They both said that they will be back next year if their father is willing to make the 7 hour drive again. - Rick O.