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Can't reply direct - it says I have too many cookies or something! Yes a trebuchet has a counter weight at the base of the beam....but basically, so has this stick model. It is NOT a catapult, which is worked with a stretchy band from a Y shaped static hand held frame.
This is not a catapult - it is a trebuchet...!
I think you're the first who's actually recognised isinglass usage! My memory is going back 65 + years, think on - but we had an old tin bath at the bottom of the under-stairs cupboard (which we used as a pantry) and my memory is that the fluid was water (??) certainly not jelly-like - so it must have been diluted somewhat. I know I had to fish them out with a spoon - and, yes, they were always used for cooking. I was the only one who could get down at that sharp angle (my mother was too buxom/fat and my brother was too small...!
back in the mists of time when I was a child, my father always kept a supply of eggs for cooking (as opposed to eating immediately) by putting them in a bath of eisenglas (spelling??), in an old tin bath kept at the very back of the pantry (larder)...and it was my job to lift them out carefully with a spoon.
lucetting is actually quite easy! If you can manage French knitting to produce a round cord, you can manage lucetting to provide a square cord! Both methods are really the same!! loop over stitch on prong, (whether its a wooden lucet or a nail for French knitting)_ - turn repeat - turn - repeat etc!! Starting is a bit of a fiddle but not difficult....take wool round lucet prongs in a figure of eight TWICE...loop lower thread over upper thread, holding onto bottom of what will become your cord (you only need to keep tension for a couple of turns and then it will hold itself) turn and again look lower over upper, then keeping your thread slightly taut just keep thread above look of stitch and keep looping and turning.....Try it again - you'll soon become easier with doing it - honest!!