Category Household Arts

Leather Treatment

In preparation for eventually returning to events I am starting to make repairs and such to our gear. One thing that has been sorely neglected for the last few years is our shoes. Years of dirt, mud, sand, sun, rain, etc has left them dry and stiff. While I don’t have any specific documentation for […]

Mind Your Beeswax

Bees are one of the first domesticated animals in history and evidence of beekeeping in pottery vessels can be found as early at 9,000 years ago in South Africa. From Ancient Egypt through modern times bees have been an important part of our ecology and agriculture as they are fantastic pollinators. Throughout the early and […]

Black Sope

The earliest recorded evidence of the production of soap-like materials dates back to around 2800 BC.  A formula for soap consisting of water, alkali, and cassia oil was written on a Babylonian clay tablet around 2200 BC.  The type of fat and lye used will determine the hardness of your soap.  Black soap, derived from […]