The event http://www.runrangerrun.com/
The Veterans organization https://gallantfew.org/
As relevant Today as is was back then.
Standing Orders Rogers Rangers
1 Don't forget nothing.
2 Have your musket clean as a whistle, hatchet scoured, sixty rounds of ball, and be ready to march at a minutes warning.
3 When you are one the march act the way you would sneaking up on a deer.
4 Tell the truth about what you see and what you do. There is a army depending on us for correct information. You can lie all you please when you tell folks about other Rangers, but don't never lie to a Ranger or officer.
5 Don't never take a chance you dont have to.
6 When we're on the march we march single file, far enough apart so one shot can't go through two men
7 If we strike swamps, or soft ground, we spread out abreast, so it's hard to track us.
8 When we march, we keep moving till dark, so as to give the enemy the least chance at us.
9 When we camp, half the party stays awake while the other half sleeps.
10 If we take prisoners, we keep them separate till we have time to examine them, so they can't cook up a story. between'em
11 Don't ever march home the same way. Take a different route so you don't be ambushed.
12No matter wheather we travel in big parties or little ones, each party has to keep a scout 20 yards ahead, 20 yards on each flank, and 20 yards to the rear so the main body can't be surprised and wiped out.
13 Every night you'll be told where to meet if surrounded by a superior force.
14 Don't sit down to eat without posting sentries.
15 Don't sleep beyond dawn. Dawn is when the French and Indians attack.
16 Don't cross a river by a regular ford.
17 If somebody's trailing you, make a circle, come back onto your own tracks and ambush the folks that aim to ambush you.
18 Dont stand up when the enemy's is coming against you. Knell down, lie down, hide behind a tree.
19 Let the enemy come till he's almost close enough to touch, then let him have it and jump out and finish him up with your hatchet.
Major Robert Rogers 1759
Day 8 was a one of those days, messed up a set of handles that were very much close to finished. So just dusted off and rebuilt. Had to thin the handles a bit and take them to a nice high polish.
Once happy I applied the same stain used on the presentation box. Then buffed the handles until they looked awesome. The wood is nothing crazy but its really old red oak ( 160 + years ) and the grain structure is very nice and very solid.
Then I worked on the Bastard KingFisher and it is complete. I did a two tone finish which looks pretty cool, simple O.D. Green cord wrap, Knife is all black but the blade. I also etched my logo in so it is now minus sheath.
Better pictures tomorrow., as you can see the big Bastard will have a exposed pommel and will be looking good dressed out in Green Canvas Micarta one of my favorite handle materials.
Last but not least my faithful support crew Liberty and Justice ha ha lazy Bastards
Hope tomorrow goes well and I can wrap this build up, pictures on Monday.