I know that there are several related posts in the sinks folder but I want to get a few ideas from all of you in regards what are you doing to keep authentic cavalry impressions alive. In this current economy so many people are dropping hobbies in order to keep a roof over their head and food in their families mouths. Out here in AZ there is a dramatic price increase in feed so now people can't afford to keep horses. I, like all of you are now tightening our belts and prioritizing hobbies. Reenacting has always been a love of mine but it is not really popular in AZ (Except in March; Annual reenactment at Picacho Peak).
Sorry for getting long winded, my question is what are you doing in order to keep and improve your impression with every shrinking funds?
I have now taken up leather work and have build a total of 3 cartridge boxes, also I have started making some tack. In order to get other things I need I have bartered around. Currently I am working with Troy Groves (AZReenacter) to get another pair of mounted trousers. in turn I am building him a complete saber belt with 1841 riflemans box.
I have also build a forge and am now doing some basic iron work using scrap metal (including horse shoes).
With me I am trying to barter to keep my impression alive and growing
what are you doing different now then before?