Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Egil's 2014


in which our plucky heroine enjoys a long weekend with her friends at the 40th Egil Skallagrimson Memorial Tournament, May 23-26, 2014... twenty years in the SCA has been a long strange trip, and am still not bored...


Heading round the ring road, a sign points towards our traditional encampment spot. As we arrive and set up, a raven flies over the encampment calling loudly, before heading westward...

follow along the edge of the pond, and tucked away off the road are the canvas homes and public spaces we put up to live in for the next three days. Nights are loud with the frogsong; there are bullfrogs (and silent turtles) in the green waters nearby.

Vestia and Ariadne doing the chicken dance, whilst Marya, little Nikki, and Lawrence observe from a safe distance...
One highlight of the weekend activities was the "Artisan Village", where there were an assortment of tents and spaces where talented folks shared their knowledge of various useful ancient skills and techniques:
William did quite a bit of metalsmithing and coin stamping at the open air "stump" workshop space he set up
I took advantage of the Italian tile painting workshop on Saturday morning, and look forward to seeing the finished glazed and fired tile later this summer (the pale blue will turn a deep indigo). This design, inspired by my heraldry and badge, took about four hours to paint...
Ariadne and Marya conversing at the dyers demo under the tree in the center of the Artisan Village; I have already shared the amazing vivid colors that it is possible to create with natural dyestuff on white wool! Am really looking forward to doing more with indigo and to using the yarns for weaving and embroidery
Vesta working on a forged strigil, in the workshop William offered Saturday afternoon
Marian, our amazing kitchen goddess, in a rare moment of repose. Every year the kitchen setup gets more beautiful and useful. I regret not taking a photo of the decorative interior trim painting under the eaves of the kitchen tent. The wooden shelving holding the pickled vegetables is all-over chip carving...
Evenings around the fire is the time for stories and conviviality...
One final household portrait before teardown and the long trips home!

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