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Q&A with Coll Thrush

Today Coll Thrush speaks with The Junto about his most recent book, Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire, which examines that city’s history through the experiences of Indigenous travelers—willing or otherwise—from...
From: The Junto on 12 Sep 2017

Making Soap.

1760-70 Nicolo Cavalli (Italian artist, 1730-1832) La Lavandaja. Receipt for Soapmaking. “SOAP is distinguished into such as are hard, which those of India Venice Marseilles Costile Naples and London are, and soft soap such as are thecommon soap...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 5 Mar 2017

Making Ink.

From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 2 Oct 2016

Stockings PDF.

siftingthepast_l-accordee-de-village_jean-baptiste-greuze_1761 stockings.
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 27 Sep 2016

Update On Dorset Buttons.

Dorset Buttons. Dear Keith It’s very difficult to date a Dorset Button exactly. All I can say is that there are four different types of Dorset Buttons with many variations within each type. 1. The first buttons were made with sheep’s horn,...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 22 Sep 2016


Northeastern Woodland Indian Tumpline.; Warrior tie or burden strap, tumpline made of hemp.;...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 18 Sep 2016

French Fly Breeches Pattern. Tidings From The 18th Century By Beth Gilgun.;
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 16 Aug 2016

An Update of small shot for Smoothbores.

My last findings during researching lead shot had me puzzled. In George Washington's list of goods he ordered "Drop Shot". This was prior to the invention of the shot tower. Further searching has turned up a couple of interesting facts. (1) Prince Rupert's...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 4 Apr 2016

The kettle That wasn't.

For some time now I have been trekking without a kettle, mainly because I am trying to make my pack lighter & the brass trade kettle is a little weighty. A kettle is however very useful for collecting rain water, cooking & boiling water. I have...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 19 Feb 2016

A New Ramrod For My Pistol.

I have made a video on making ramrods this afternoon. Not one that shows the actual making, but a description of the process & a talk on ramrods in general. Right now Part One is still loading, & I have Part Two to edit. But while you are waiting,...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 25 Jan 2016

My Projects This Week.

I made a hammer boot/cap for my pistol, & I made a loop stitched to the inside of my waist belt to better secure the short barrel on my pistol. I have not copied this from any period source, but it seemed a reasonable thing to do to solve the problem...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 11 Dec 2015

Converting A Drum & Nipple Percussion Firearm To Flintlock.

The process of converting a drum & nipple percussion lock firearm to flintlock is very simple. First you remove the percussion lock. Next you remove the barrel. Now you unscrew the drum & nipple from the barrel turning it anti-clockwise.Next screw...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 25 Nov 2015

Primitive Skills and Methods. Uses For Wood Ashes.

Cavern Scene By Firelight by William smith 1753 Uses For Wood Ashes & Charcoal. 1.    For removing fur from animal skins. 2.    As lye for making soap. 3.    I have washed my hands using water and...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 15 Oct 2015

April Blogroll: Metalanguage Edition

It was a tough winter (again) here in Illinois. The cold drives most graduate students indoors, and I find myself taking up study habits reminiscent of my music conservatory days. Aside from developing some sustainable writing habits and taking a…...
From: Bite Thumbnails on 1 Apr 2015

Making A Simple Leather Sword Scabbard Frog. Short Video.

No special tools used during this construction. I made my own awl, and I cut the leather with my clasp knife. I used a fire log to place the leather on to make the holes. It took me about an hour to make.
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 6 May 2014

Eighteenth-century DIY

by Sally Osborn Sometimes among the culinary, medical, veterinary, cosmetic and household recipes in manuscript books one comes across some that would fall under the category of DIY in modern terms. These can range from a recipe for a relatively simple...
From: The Recipes Project on 7 Mar 2013

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Notes on Post Tags Search

By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.