gourd canteen

THE MOTHERLOAD of medieval canteens!

Welcome back, today’s article is going to be short one, because the pictures speak for themselves!

This summer at the medieval festival Times and Epochs Moscow, we made an arrangement for a large order of medieval canteens made of gourd pumpkins. This is the result of many hours of work and a lot of stress, we hope you like them. We were very sad to send them to their future owner from Arma Bohemia, but we hope he likes them as much as we did.

We named all canteens based on their looks and uses, and came up with some really weird names, such as: -The Inquisitor, the Villager, the Fat one, The Big Dick, The Small dick, The Water bringer, The Secret Vodka, and so on. We had a lot of fun, and this time they are even better because we used a special wax, which is harder to break, melt and damage. We still haven’t heard from our customers, but we hope they are satisfied with the medieval canteens as much as we are. :)

Best of wishes, Vasil the hermit canteen maker!

PS: ALL OF THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT THE PARTNERSHIP OF MY DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE MIHAIL AND HIS GIRL ISKRA. BIG UP FOR THE HOME CREW! 😉

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Gourd canteen

A Pilgrim`s Gourd Canteen

week a couple of dried gourds fell in my pocket and i decided to make medieval canteens out of them.

So far this was my third attempt. The first failed and became a bowl, very successful bowl actually. The second attempt was a success, made a good big bottle with capacity of some 2,5 liters.

This time the gourds were different – small and cute.

So at first I cut the top open and pour out the seeds and the filling. Then I put small sharp pebbles and some water in and just shake the gourd until all the insides fall out and everything is clean. After a good half an hour of shaking I managed to do that. At this stage I noticed that these gourds have very thin walls and the first gourd had cracked in the middle. Naturally I tried to be more careful with the second one, but it was even weaker and broke in two. It was a shame… but on the other hand I managed to fix the first. I melted some honey-wax and warmed up the gourd in the oven and when the fruit was warm enough I poured in the hot wax and shook it around to cover the whole inside. Luckily the wax sealed the crack and although weak the bottle survived. It looks a bit beaten up,  but after all it`s a pilgrim`s bottle.

In the end I added a tap and leather straps to hang it over my shoulder, filled it with water and now we wait to see if I`ve done my job well.

Vasil.