The crossed pole is a furca and is made from ash. I used a draw knife to reduce the diameter to approximately an inch. The kit bag, the loculus, is constructed from tanned goat skin. The primary pattern for this comes from Trajan's column (a drawing suitable for cutting leather is on the legio XX handbook). One possible kit bag has been found. It fastens by means of a studded ring. Next to the furca pole is my dolabra, a roman pick axe. The head I purchased from Albion Armours and it is fitted to a modern axe staff. My primary reference for the roman marching kit is the article "The mule of the soldier" by N. Fuentes (Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies Vol. 2). Here are more detailed photos of the loculus:
While on the march the legionaire encased his shield, the scutum, within a goatskin cover. The cover attaches to the scutum by means of a drawstring. I obtained the vegetable tanned goatskin for both the loculus and the scutum cover from Le Prevo (a domestic supplier, not of the colored chrome tanned stuff that is sold for book bindings, but of naturally colored vegetable tanned goat is Siegal of California.). Here is my scutum cover:
Some sort of harness is needed to carry the scutum while on the march. As no actual harness has survived, some experimentation and speculation is required to determine the harness's form. My harness follows the design of Junkelmann (refer to the illustration on page 177 of his book, "Die Legionen des Augustus"). Florentius has also developed a variant of Junkelmann's harness. It allows the scutum to be carried across left shoulder and behind one's back. A horizontal strap goes across the right shoulder. Note that I've riveted the brass rings together. They would surely break if simply soldered.