I now have the timbers for my viking tent done (though they need oiling) and I have the fabric for the cover cut out and one seam sewn. Yesterday. A 6 meter seam in canvas. Too knackered today, hopefully I will do another seam tomorrow!
Morpheus may have kept me horizontal for a week or so but images of this project were lodged in my head throughout! Six metre seams? It must be bleed'n hewidge! How will you get it into your rucksack?
And as for the tent material, Mr. Wikipedia contends that a roughly woven WOOLEN material called Wadmal was most likely used for the sails of Viking long ships so it would be reasonable to assume that wadmal was used for their tents also.
Well, boats are a particular interest of mine but, while under the influence, I imagined a huge wooley gansie, hanging from a Viking yard-arm, dripping rain onto the horny hats below and a lookout in the breast pocket, with bare legs itching from days of exposure to rough wool. When setting out from Vikland, the sail was perfectly proportioned, oiled, efficient, menacing, but, on arrival at Victimland, the now rain-soaked sail stank and had expanded and enveloped the entire ship, oars protruding like centipedes legs.
If the magnificent lines of a Viking long ship could be reduced to ridicule by a woolen sail, what must it have done to their tents? Wise move choosing canvas. Any chance of photos?