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Roman Events / Re: Work Party
« Last post by Lucius Sallustius Plautus on July 07, 2017, 05:14:30 PM »
Is there another date in July we could be looking at for the work party?
Roman Events / Work Party
« Last post by Marcus Equitius Lentulus on May 25, 2017, 11:01:05 PM »
June 25 is the projected date to begin work on building a Roman watchtower (turris) at Roman Times site in Maryland.
Roman Events / Castra Work Party
« Last post by Decimvs on May 26, 2015, 05:57:29 PM »
Castra Work Day June 20, 2015. Start at 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Setting posts for walls.

Bring your kit and stuff for breaks in between.
AAR (After-Action Reports) / August 9, Fabrica: Shield Painting Party
« Last post by Decimvs on August 10, 2014, 11:23:39 AM »
Shield Painting Party
Worked out pretty good and even with only 3 people we got a lot done. I got there later and then had to go for awhile, see my college mentor, but before I got back Gaius had had to cut out to return to his beautiful and gracious wife. I worked with Marcus until it got dark and there was only one, I think, scutum to finish up the areas we were painting on.

Frater, we are going to need MORE people to help finish this up before Roman Days. Marcus is thinking the Saturday after labor day.
AAR (After-Action Reports) / August 3, Immersion Event
« Last post by Decimvs on August 10, 2014, 11:14:17 AM »
So, there 4 of us. It was good. A simple day long event with a hike, some gear work and experimentation and food. Oh, and comradeship. I am sure the centurio or optio could add more to this narrative. Attending:
  • Caius Vorenus (Rob)
  • M. Lentulus (Mark)
  • Postumus (Alec)
  • Varianus (Marsh)

We had a good time and talked a lot with Mike, our host. Again, I am sure others can add more than I.  yoy
Roman Events / Re: Immersion/Work Party
« Last post by Marcus Equitius Lentulus on July 28, 2014, 04:29:37 PM »
I plan to be at the event. Do I need to bring anything extra?
Building talk / Re: Civilian area
« Last post by Decimvs on July 23, 2014, 08:56:24 PM »
Let's get something built first.
Can I kindly disagree? Do you think the civilians are going to come out and do ANYTHING if there's nothing for them? We need to help them organize. I see this all the time -- groups wait and lose their momentum... you have to drive on... recruiting, and doing things and keeping people's interests up... w@w

If we don't encourage and nurture the civilian side, it will die and the army side will wither when the miles cannot come out because "mama" isn't going... For a start, just discussing this will help them focus, because I really doubt they will want to come do manual labor on the castra. See what I mean? /g/
Building talk / Re: Castra plans?
« Last post by Decimvs on July 23, 2014, 05:11:41 PM »
Walls made of wattling
Building talk / Re: Castra plans?
« Last post by Marcus Equitius Lentulus on July 17, 2014, 01:55:10 PM »
Alec, I discussed this with Mike at the work party you missed. The use of saplings isn't being planned, but rough-cut pressure treated planks are being discussed. To weave a plank around a 4" center post you only need to bend a plank by 2 inches across a span of 12 feet. We will have to do a test to see what thickness of plank this can be done without severe effort, and still be sturdy and durable. From my experience it will probably be 5 quarter or 1.5 inch rough. If we use culled or surplus lumber, some of it may be warped, or crooked, or cupped none of this will matter if the planks are "basket-woven". It would be a big problem if we tried to nail planks to posts, like a modern wood fence.

A lot depends on what lumber we can get economically and what lengths and thicknesses are available in quantity. Once we have the conference with Shawn we will have a better idea of what our options are.
Building talk / Re: Castra plans?
« Last post by William on July 16, 2014, 07:54:54 PM »
Woven material get fragile and breaks easily.  It is also hard to get the material to weave with it.  This sounds easier said than done.  Alesia is a park and museum site.  Straight wood I think is better.  How do you weave planks?  Where do you get the planing material.  I assume you went it to bend it.  It is up to Mike as to whether we can use on site saplings.  He is very particular about the trees we used being a former forest ranger.  I would get his thoughts on this.

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