Now I consider myself to be quite a patient and understanding wife to the lovely Flint and I think anyone who knows us (or reads this blog) will agree with that!
However, even I have limits.
Early discussions with Flint about his wedding attire were, shall we say ‘difficult’
He’s not exactly into his fashion or clothing and would happily wear the same clothes for days if it wasn’t for my nagging!
I tried to make it clear from the start that this was the one day I’d like him to look smart 🙂 he accepted this but really wanted to wear a buckskin shirt. I wasn’t so keen. Then he talked about wearing buckskin moccasins which I was more comfortable with (because they wouldn’t be in many photos!).
Eventually though Flint came up with a much better compromise….
Flint: ‘I’ve got an idea about how we can get more bushcraft into the wedding’
Jo thinks: ‘oh great, just what every girl wants!’
Jo says: ‘ok?’
Flint: ‘why don’t we have a manikin dressed in all the clothes and items I’ve made?’
Jo thinks: ‘oh I dunno, maybe cos it’s a wedding and that’s weird!!’
Jo says: ‘hmmm yeah maybe…’
Flint: ‘it could meet people at the entrance, you know almost to show what I would have wanted to wear, my alter ego’
Jo thinks: ‘ah, I see, I need to play this cool. If he has a manikin wearing all the weird stuff that should mean I can have him wearing an actual normal person groom outfit. Seems a small price to pay….’
Jo says: ‘yes, that’s perfect. lets do that :), people will love it!’
I have to admit, it was slightly more extravagant that I had in mind and included from memory;
- buckskin hoody
- wooden (long?) bow
- a buckskin quiver full of arrows with actual flint or stone tips
- a knife Flint made to cut the cake and held in a buckskin sheath
- sheep skin mitts (or something like that?!)
- a plaited bark belt
- a bark quiver kind of container
- an adze (?)
- a grass skirt
- a fox skin hat
- birch bark goggles
- snow shoes
- a moose ear pouch
- a bark back pack
There were other bits I know, some kind of container and a thingy for when you shoot an arrow to protect your arm, and probably some other bits that I cant remember 🙂
Anyway, you get the point. He really took that opportunity of an understanding and accommodating wife and ran with it!!