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  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodsheal View Post
    This cloth is 54 inches wide As Ann said, it might be a tad short for you in terms of full GK functionality. With a 44 waist you'd need about 5 yards for a great kilt. At the price it would still come to ~$235. If you decide, after a while, that it's not for you, you can always have it made into a regular tailored kilt. That's the nice thing about having the cloth. Check out this site for how to don, wear, and care for a great kilt.
    Convener, Georgia Chapter, House of Gordon (Boss H.O.G.)

    Where 4 Scotsmen gather there'll usually be a fifth.
    7/5 of the world's population have a difficult time with fractions.

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    regarding the amount of material & wearing it for warmth, check out Robert MacDonalds posts , on kilt history, on his website:

    "http://www.westcoastkilts.com/kilt-history.php"

    regarding a source for less expensive 100% wool tartan, watch/keep checking this website for remants of 16oz weight:

    "http://www.wooltartan.com/"

    foe ease of use & wearing, consider sewing belt loops around the waist, for a fabric belt/"drawstring" ( check the search function, for past discussions of 'drawstring Belted plaid')

    good luck
    waulk softly and carry a big schtick

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    How did the ancient Scots do it if it costs so much?
    I believe that it might have something to do with the availability of sheep and weavers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildrover View Post
    I've heard squirrel is gamey...rabbit is far better. You, my friend, sound like you could appreciate the value of an Izula dubh .
    I have had both, and IMHO nothin beats a young cotton tail!
    [-[COLOR="DimGray"]Floreat Majestas[/COLOR]-|-[COLOR="Red"]Semper Vigilans[/COLOR]-|-[COLOR="Navy"]Aut Pax Aut Bellum[/COLOR]-|-[I][B]Go mbeannai Dia duit[/B][/I]-]
    [COLOR="DarkGreen"][SIZE="2"]"I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels."[/SIZE][/COLOR] [B]- John Calvin[/B]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dixiecat View Post
    I believe that it might have something to do with the availability of sheep and weavers.
    Very valid! haha
    [-[COLOR="DimGray"]Floreat Majestas[/COLOR]-|-[COLOR="Red"]Semper Vigilans[/COLOR]-|-[COLOR="Navy"]Aut Pax Aut Bellum[/COLOR]-|-[I][B]Go mbeannai Dia duit[/B][/I]-]
    [COLOR="DarkGreen"][SIZE="2"]"I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels."[/SIZE][/COLOR] [B]- John Calvin[/B]

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    As for my own experience with wool and the elements, it has been mostly at sea. Wool socks and sweaters were preferable to most other things in the wet and wind at sea though abit bulky. Now adays we have light weight dry suits for the open boat work and heavy weather jackets with built in floatation for work on deck. Still, I find wool for under clothing wear keeps me warmer than the most things other than a pair of silk longjohns I picked up espcially for winter wear.

    As for camping, my cowichan sweater remaines quite warm despite the BC rain until it is soaked through. But that take quite a while as it is nearly waterproof - the weave is very tight and the natural oils have been left in the wool - I just have to remember to soak it in lanolin after it receives its annual wash.

    I seem to recall reading somewhere in these forums that the orginal woolens worn by the celts was much thicker in weave than now adays - something more akin to the Hudsons Bay blankets once popular in the north woods of Canada - I had one on my bed for years. If that is the case, I can certainly see carrying one out as an bedroll cum great kilt. Mine was practically impervious to the cold and the elements. I later used it as a camp fire blanket as a young man.

    Does anyone know if there is truth to that, that the earlier kilts were of a heavier, thicker weave?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildrover View Post
    Or, you could bring a gorilla mask. I would do this in a heartbeat.
    A gorilla mask and a kilt. THAT would be a sight. The Lost Scottish MacYeti! Isolated in the islands of Scotland, a mysterious race of half-man, half-ape being lived..and still survive....

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