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    Volcano tartan inspired by the volcanoes of Iceland

    Last year, Carol Martin of Beaverlodge in Alberta, Canada, designed a fabulous tartan inspired by the volcanoes of Iceland. You can see the register listing at https://www.tartanregister.gov.uk/ta...ails?ref=11858. She was gracious enough to allow me to have some woven. Carol designs terrific tartans, and D.C. Dalgliesh did an outstanding job of weaving a tartan that looks just like the Register.



    I've been in Iceland for the past week doing some field work, and I thought it would be wrong not to work on a Volcano tartan kilt, which I'm making for my volcanologist son-in-law who has worked on volcanoes in Iceland. Here's a pic of the kilt after I finished the pleating. I chose pleating to the black block so that the fabulous lava-colored stripes would flash as "tail feathers" when he walks. And it has swell geologic meaning in addition - black basalt rifts open to reveal the colors of the hot lava. I had Dave take the pic below just as the sun was setting (at about 3:30) with the summit of Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that erupted in 2010 and shut down air routes in Europe. The volcano is under the icecap on the skyline in the pic.



    And here's a pic of our field work, with glacier in the background - not the ideal time of year for field work, to be sure! Sun comes up about 10 am and goes down around 3:30, and the temps are right around freezing. When it's windy, raining sideways, and the ceiling is about 12', it's a real challenge, but we only had one day like that. The day in the pic below was cold, cloudy, and windy, but only a few periods of rain. I was well-bundled - thermal underwear, a hooded base layer, a heavy 66N fleece, and a rain jacket. On my head, I had a base layer hood, a ball cap to keep the rain off my glasses, a wool ear-flap hat, and my rain jacket hood.

    Last edited by Barb T; 22nd November 18 at 09:08 AM.
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    What a lava-ly looking kilt. I am sure when he wears it people will erupt with applause as they let the compliments flow. In fact, I must try not to be crusty because you are magma crazy with jealousy.

    So to summit all up, I know you are all ashing if I am done yet, so I guess it is time I caldera day . After all, one must assume the mantle of responsibility for their actions when it comes time to pompeii the piper. Oh wait, you ARE a piper.



    Sorry, I have no self control and just worked the night shift and haven't gone to bed yet. In all seriousness I would love to see a video of this kilt 'in action' I am sure it would be quite striking. Kudos to both Barb and Carol.

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    I’m still laughing 🤣🤣🤣 - very clever, and you know your geology!!
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    The Art of Kiltmaking at http://www.celticdragonpress.com

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    Barb you are a true inspiration. I've just bought your book too and can't wait to get stuck into my first kilt making (40 hour) experience. Culloden tartan is the idea, just like your masterpiece in a previous thread. Pleated it to the stripe. The more I see your work the more I want you to make my kilt (s).

    Thanks again.

    Garth
    Ex- South African military NCO. Great grandson of Captain William Henry Stevenson of the Highland Light Infantry, Scotland (1880's) and brother to Infantryman Peter Mark Schumann of the 2nd Transvaal Scottish, South Africa (1980's).

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    Be sure to post pics of your kilt when you get it done!
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    A great looking kilt, and spectacular scenery too. Thanks for posting, Barb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodhran4me View Post
    What a lava-ly looking kilt. I am sure when he wears it people will erupt with applause as they let the compliments flow. In fact, I must try not to be crusty because you are magma crazy with jealousy.

    So to summit all up, I know you are all ashing if I am done yet, so I guess it is time I caldera day . After all, one must assume the mantle of responsibility for their actions when it comes time to pompeii the piper. Oh wait, you ARE a piper.



    Sorry, I have no self control and just worked the night shift and haven't gone to bed yet. In all seriousness I would love to see a video of this kilt 'in action' I am sure it would be quite striking. Kudos to both Barb and Carol.
    Yeah, gneiss.


    JMB

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    Eeeek! Another geo-savvy X-Marker!
    Kiltmaker, piper, and geologist (one of the few, the proud, with brains for rocks....
    Member, Scottish Tartans Authority
    Geology stuff (mostly) at http://people.hamilton.edu/btewksbu
    The Art of Kiltmaking at http://www.celticdragonpress.com

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