Garb Get Together (Orono): Sunday, December 3, 2017

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Lady Admiranda Howard will be hosting a garb get together at her home in Orono, Maine on Sunday, December 3, 2017. The workshop will start at 10 AM and will run until 4 PM.

This is an opportunity to work on your new SCA garb or to swing by and get help & inspiration for a new project. With three winter events coming up in 2018 in the Barony of Endewearde, East Kingdom Twelfth Night (Jan. 6) the Feast of Saint Sylvester (Jan. 13) and the Tourney of Love (Feb. 10) there is ample opportunity to dress in your fanciest court garb.

FOLLOW DETAILS ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

If you read the Garb Get Together event page on facebook you can ask questions and learn more about the workshop prior to December 3rd.

Metal Casting Techniques Workshop: Saturday, November 25, 2017

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Time: Noon – 3:30 PM
Location: private home, Dedham, Maine
Host: Lord William of Wyndhaven
Instructor: Lord John Fowler

Lord John Fowler will be visiting Lord William of Wyndhaven to offer a a class and workshop on sand casting. Sand casting is good for one-off or small-run casting in silver, bronze, copper, and brass. He has used it for medallions, buckles, sword pommels & brooches.

There will be a talk & show & tell for maybe the first hour or so. The rest of the time will be devoted to playing with the equipment and materials I am bringing up. I think I have enough gear to have maybe three people working at once, so we’ll have to take turns or work in groups. But if all goes well we should be able to do maybe three batches of three small-ish bronze castings (a buckle, medallion, brooch, etc.).

If you already have a model that might work for sandcasting, bring it, and we’ll try to cast it, or tell you why we can’t! The instructor will bring some models, too. For the sake of time and to make sure there are enough materials on hand, let’s try to keep the student pieces on the smaller side (something with the volume of maybe five US quarters or less would seem reasonable – that would come out to an ounce of metal.

Flat-backed is easiest, and there cannot be any undercuts. The model will basically be pressed into moist sand, and will then need to be removed without disturbing the sand. A pewter site token or award medallion from a soapstone casting would be great. Hardened (baked) polymer clay (Sculpey, Fimo, etc.) would be a good modeling material if you want to make something.

We can do silver, but you’ll have to bring your own silver 🙂

The instructor will be handling the molten metal, but you should still bring at least safety glasses, long pants, and closed-toed shoes. If you want to stand closer, a face shield, hat, gloves, and long sleeves or welding jacket should be added to that list. You could also bring files and/or a rotary tool with cutting and grinding attachments, for cleaning up your castings (BYO safety gear for those things!).

Plain ol’ work clothes. SCA garb not necessary. Bring a chair, if you like.

Molten bronze is quite dangerous so we will have to ask that younger kids not be in the garage for at least some parts of this.

This will all be a bit freeform.

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORKSHOP 

You can follow the facebook event link Metal Casting Workshop at William’s to see what questions others are asking about this workshop and to contact the instructor.

 

Metal Casting Techniques: Saturday, November 25, 2017

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Time: Noon – 3:30 PM
Location: private home, Dedham, Maine
Host: Lord William of Wyndhaven
Instructor: Lord John Fowler

Lord John Fowler will be visiting Lord William of Wyndhaven to offer a a class and workshop on sand casting. Sand casting is good for one-off or small-run casting in silver, bronze, copper, and brass. He has used it for medallions, buckles, sword pommels & brooches.

There will be a talk & show & tell for maybe the first hour or so. The rest of the time will be devoted to playing with the equipment and materials I am bringing up. I think I have enough gear to have maybe three people working at once, so we’ll have to take turns or work in groups. But if all goes well we should be able to do maybe three batches of three small-ish bronze castings (a buckle, medallion, brooch, etc.).

If you already have a model that might work for sandcasting, bring it, and we’ll try to cast it, or tell you why we can’t! The instructor will bring some models, too. For the sake of time and to make sure there are enough materials on hand, let’s try to keep the student pieces on the smaller side (something with the volume of maybe five US quarters or less would seem reasonable – that would come out to an ounce of metal.

Flat-backed is easiest, and there cannot be any undercuts. The model will basically be pressed into moist sand, and will then need to be removed without disturbing the sand. A pewter site token or award medallion from a soapstone casting would be great. Hardened (baked) polymer clay (Sculpey, Fimo, etc.) would be a good modeling material if you want to make something.

We can do silver, but you’ll have to bring your own silver 🙂

The instructor will be handling the molten metal, but you should still bring at least safety glasses, long pants, and closed-toed shoes. If you want to stand closer, a face shield, hat, gloves, and long sleeves or welding jacket should be added to that list. You could also bring files and/or a rotary tool with cutting and grinding attachments, for cleaning up your castings (BYO safety gear for those things!).

Plain ol’ work clothes. SCA garb not necessary. Bring a chair, if you like.

Molten bronze is quite dangerous so we will have to ask that younger kids not be in the garage for at least some parts of this.

This will all be a bit freeform.

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORKSHOP 

You can follow the facebook event link Metal Casting Workshop at William’s to see what questions others are asking about this workshop and to contact the instructor.

Updated: 11/22/2017

Garb Get Together: Sunday, December 3, 2017 beginning at 10:00 AM

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There will be a garb get together at the home of Lady Admiranda Howard on Sunday, December 3, 2017. The workshop will start at 10 AM and will be held in Orono, Maine.

Come work on your new SCA garb or swing by and get help & inspiration for a new project.

FOLLOW THIS WORKSHOP ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

If you read the Garb Get Together event page on facebook you can ask questions and learn more about the workshop prior to December 3rd.

 

Fingerloop Braiding Workshop: Sunday, November 19, 2017

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Fingerloop Braiding
Taught by Lady Olalla Tristana and FrouvaHalldis Ulfsdottir

Excerpt from fingerloop.org
By Mistress Rhiannon y Bwa & Mistress Azza al-Shirazi

“Fingerloop braids are braids woven using loops (or “bowes”) of string on your fingers. Fingerloop braiding reached a high point in Medieval Europe and England between 1200 and 1600 CE. This braiding technique still survives today in isolated areas of Europe, the Middle East, South America and Japan.
As points, laces or cords, braids have a multitude of uses. They fastened hose, laced bodices, trimmed sleeves, frogged dress fronts, closed purses and held wax seals to parchment. Modern uses include drawstrings for pants, hair ties, shoelaces, and friendship bracelets.”

If people are interested, we would like to try out some of the multi-person braids that are in the 15th century fingerloop braiding manual that will be available for people to peruse.

As a point of clarification, people are also welcome to come to this and work on other projects that are not fingerloop braiding.

This class will be held at the home of Frouva Halldis Ulfsdottir in Bangor, Maine. Please contact her through Endewearde facebook for driving directions to her home.

Second Baronial Arts & Sciences Championship Rules

A woman and man with crowns on their heads look out the windows of a tall white tower.

Book of Hours by Master of Guillebert de Mets, Master of the Lee Hours, and Master of Wauquelin’s Alexander, Belgium ca. 1450 via J. Paul Getty Museum on Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

Rules for the Second Annual Baronial Arts & Sciences Championship to be held at the Feast of Saint Sylvester in the Canton of Basingestoches on Saturday, January 13, 2018 are now available as a pdf download.

What follows is a summary of the competition rules for those interested in preparing their entries.

BARONIAL ARTS & SCIENCES CHAMPIONSHIP 

Their Excellencies Baron Ané du Vey and Baroness Sylvia du Vey, and our first Baronial Arts and Sciences Champion, Hrefna of Wyndriche, are excited to announce the second Baronial Arts and Sciences Championship of Endewearde. All artisans of Endewearde, including youth, are invited to enter their best works for the title of Arts and Sciences Champion. The Championship will be held on Saturday January 13th, 2018 at the Feast of Saint Sylvester in the Canton of Basingestoches.

The championship will be judged as a body of work. Entrants shall enter a minimum of two items with a maximum of five. Each item should have been made within three years of the competition, and may not have been entered into any previous championship. The items can be from a single discipline or from multiple disciplines. The winner of the competition is the Barony of Endewearde’s Champion of Arts and Sciences.

Entrants will have the following

  • Approx. 3 ft of table space.
  • Access to electrical as requested in pre-registration.
  • Floor space as requested in pre-registration.
  • White table cloths for table cover are being supplied. If you wish a second covering please bring one.

A white bearded royal man gazes out the window of a white tower.   Rules

  • All entries must be pre-registered.
  • Absentee entries will not be accepted.
  • Each entrant is responsible for their entry and making sure that it is placed on the correct table.
  • Documentation is highly encouraged.

A royal woman gazes out of the window of a white tower.   Judging

Judging will be done by the populace in the first round, using appropriate rubrics for each entry.

The second round will be face-to-face individual interviews between the top three entries and their Excellencies, Baron Ané du Vey and Baroness Sylvia du Vey. Entrants may not judge in the competition.

Entries shall be judged on their own merit and not compared to any entries by other entrants.

If judges have a question about an entry, it is their prerogative to send for the entrant to ask questions.

The entrant will be scored based on the entirety of the works entered. Items will not be individually scored. There will be alternate score sheets for performance, written works, brewing/cooking and general entries. The body of work will be averaged from the alternate forms.

Performing entries are limited to 15 minutes, including introduction and will be performed in front of the current Champions and the Baron and Baroness.

A white bearded royal man gazes out the window of a white tower.   There will be two rounds

First Round: The first round of judging will be performed by the populace. All of the rubrics have been published for attendees to view and understand before the championship (See score sheets below). Meisterin Agatha Wanderer and Hrefna Hrodbjortsdottir will also hold very brief workshops on the day of the championship to educate attendees about how to use rubrics appropriately. The populace will be required to understand and use the rubrics in the judging of each artisan’s work. Each populace judge should expect to spend approximately 2-5 minutes per artisan. Positive constructive comments are highly encouraged. Negative comments will not be acceptable.

Second Round: The top three entries will be announced and will be interviewed face to face with the Baron and Baroness, who will give their decision for the next Arts and Sciences Champion in court.. Approximately 5 minutes will be allotted for each of the top three entrants.

A royal woman gazes out of the window of a white tower.   Eligibility: All championship entrants must physically live within the boundaries of Endewearde in order to be eligible for a championship. Artisans who are not residents of Endewearde may certainly display their arts, but may not compete.

A white bearded royal man gazes out the window of a white tower.   Additional Information

All levels of entrants are encouraged, however the competition is designed to acknowledge the best artisans in the Barony. We encourage all artisans of the Barony to enter. As this is a competition, the focus will be on the judging of the entries. Artisans and populace will not be allowed to be present with their displays during the first round of judging.

There will be time before and after judging for artisans and populace to view and appreciate the entries. There will also be a separate display area set up for those who would like to display their work but not enter the competition.

For entrants requiring cooking / kitchen access: it will be limited, but available. Please contact for further information and to have a spot reserved.

A royal woman gazes out of the window of a white tower.   Competition Registration Information

Please email your registration information to Lady Yzabel du Perche at arts@endewearde.eastkingdom.org AND Meisterin Agatha Wanderer at deputy.arts@endewearde.eastkingdom.org with the subject line A&S CHAMPIONS REGISTRATION

Entrants MUST register by Saturday December 30, 2017.
Scoring Rubrics will be published very soon.

Garb Get Together: Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Lady Admiranda Howard will be hosting a garb making session at her home in Orono, Maine on Sunday, November 12, 2017 starting at 9:00 AM until 1:30 PM. There should be plenty of time to make the next Endewearde activity, the quarterly baronial meeting which starts at 2:00 PM in Bangor at the Bangor Housing Authority.

Here is Lady Admiranda’s invitation:

Want to make some garb? Need help getting started? Just want some company? This is the place for you! You can bring a project or an idea. If you have questions or need help, people will be there to do just that. Also, if you are new to sewing, we can get you started.

I have a sewing machine and will have basic supplies available. Please feel free to bring your own and any other supplies you might need. Also, feel free to bring snacks and drinks!

You can follow the discussions and ask questions about this upcoming activity by visiting the public facebook event Garb Get Together.

Updated: 11/03/2017

Schedule changes in Endewearde September 6 & 7, 2017

There are a few schedule updates to be aware of this week in the Canton of Basingestoches and Barony of Endewearde:

Wednesday, September 6

  • Thrown weapons practice in Hermon is cancelled due to rain.
  • Project Night at the home of Thomas and Lijsbet has been rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 7.

Thursday, September 7

  • Combat practice in Ellsworth has been cancelled. There will be other combat practices coming up this fall in the canton.
  • Project Night will be held from 6:00-9:00 pm at the home of Thomas and Lijsbet in Bar Harbor.
  • Thrown weapons practice at the home of Syr Cedric of Thanet is scheduled to run  but in case of rain please check the Endewearde facebook page for any  late afternoon cancellation announcements.

Endewearde Activities: Tuesday Aug. 22 – Sunday Aug. 29, 2017

Manuscript illustration of a woman and man wearing crowns and looking out of windows at the top of a tall white tower.

Book of Hours by Master of Guillebert de Mets, Master of the Lee Hours, and Master of Wauquelin’s Alexander, Belgium ca. 1450 via J. Paul Getty Museum on Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

Good news! Syr Cedric of Thanet, King’s Champion of Thrown Weapons, will be running a weekly thrown weapons practice at his home in China, Maine on Thursdays starting at 5:30 pm. Come out and fling that thing (into a target).

Tuesday August 22
5:30 pm Archery practice in Bangor (private residence)

Wednesday August 23
5:30 pm Thrown weapons practice in Hermon (private residence) at the home of Lord Seamus
6:00 pm Project night in Bar Harbor (private residence, Canton of Basingestoches) at the home of Lord Thomas de Marr’.

Thursday August 24
5:00-7:00 pm Canton of Basingestoches Combat Practice at General Bryant E. Moore Community Center, 5 General Moore Way, Ellsworth, ME.
5:30 pm Thrown weapons practice in China (private residence) at the home of Syr Cedric of Thanet

Sunday August 20 (all held at the Bangor Housing Authority, 161 Davis Rd, Bangor)
4:00-7:00 pm Combat practice in Bangor
4:00-7:00 pm Medieval crafts in Bangor

For last minute updates in case of rain which may cause outdoor practices to be cancelled please check the Endewearde facebook group.

Barony of Endewearde activities for August 15-20, 2017

In addition to the regular weekly practices and meetings this week there will be two meetings held in the Barony of Endewearde. The Canton of Wyndriche (incipient) will be holding a meeting in Unity on Thursday, August 17th. There will be a baronial meeting on Sunday, August 20th. Both meetings are open to anyone interested in the Society for Creative Anachronism and will involve topics regarding planning future activities. Most attending wear everyday casual street clothes (not SCA garments).

Here is a quick glance:

Tuesday August 15
5:30 pm Archery practice in Bangor (private residence)

Wednesday August 16
5:30 pm Thrown weapons practice in Hermon (private residence)
6:00 pm Project night in Bar Harbor (private residence, Canton of Basingestoches)

Thursday August 17
7:00 pm Canton of Wyndriche (incipient) business meeting in Unity at Unity House of Pizza (UHoP)

Sunday August 20 (all held at the Bangor Housing Authority, 161 Davis Rd, Bangor)
2:00 pm Baronial business meeting in Bangor
4:00-7:00 pm Combat practice in Bangor
4:00 pm Medieval crafts in Bangor

For last minute updates in cases of rain which may cause outdoor practices to be cancelled please check the Endewearde facebook group.

If you have any agenda items for the Canton of Wyndriche meeting please contact the Seneschal, Syr Cedric of Thanet, at seneschal@wyndriche.eastkingdom.org

If you have any agenda items for the Barony of Endewearde meeting please contact the Seneschal, Lord Finan MacBressail, at seneschal@endewearde.eastkingdom.org