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Toady's build was a dwarven larp helmet with a horsehair plume. Back in the early days when we'd just started this was one of my least favorite jobs. it started with ringing round the local knockers yard to see if any of them had any 'stock'. This was then followed by a trip to collect the tails. If you were lucky they were ready for you and had them in a bin liner(well two actually to stop them dripping tooo much). If not then you were invited inside to chose from the unfortunate previous owners. This was then followed by several hours of cutting washing and arranging to make the bundles neede for the plumes. I won't try and describe the smells and sensations involved suffice to say I was a very happy man when I found somewhere I could buy clean cut horsehair.