Practicum 2017 Schedule


Location Upper Hall Small Kitchen Larger half of Parlour Smaller Parlour Lower Hall Lower hall adjacent Far Left Near Left Far Right Near Right
Sponsor Guild Hall Feast Cooks’ Guild Autocrats’ Choice Vigil Persian Perks Kids’ Track Weavers’ Guild Leather Lounge Alchemists’ Guild Performers’ Parlour
8:30 – 9:00 Gate and Setup
9:00 – 10:00 The Knotty Class Introduction to Chip Carving Sausage Making at Home Closed for Setup General Seating Make and Take Butter How to Make a Stenciled Floor Cloth Period Leather Dyes Alchemy and Paint Swedish Sword Dances
10:00 – 11:00 Silk Dyeing Introduction to Chip Carving Kids’ Dance An example of late 16th century knit hose construction Reproducing a Period Leather Item from a Picture Story Telling – the lesser known bardic art
11:00 – 12:00 Introduction to Chip Carving Stick to Your Bones – the Mighty Pottage  Vigil Ceremony Psanky for Kids Lucet Cording: Beyond the Basics Walkabout with AElfwyn, vol II Bench Box, Beginners Six board bench box Beginning Middle Eastern Dance
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Break
1:00 – 2:00 Who is Henry Buttes? Introduction to Chip Carving Baking without measuring cups and spoons The Tidy Tudor Vigil General Seating Kingdom Songs Sing-A-Long From Baseball Cap to Viking Cap An Early Period Interpretation of a Knighting Ceremony Bench Box, Intermediate Clamp-front Chest Recording Period Music at Home
2:00 – 3:00 Contrapasso in Molti Modi Introduction to Chip Carving DIY Home Charcuterie, with A Mediaeval Flair Theory on Judging and giving feed back Embroidery For Kids Blackwork Embroidery How to Make Arrows for SCA Target Shooting Pysanky Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll in Late Period England
3:00 – 4:00 English Country Dance for all Introduction to Chip Carving Romani: An Introduction to Gypsy Persona Colour the Middle Ages 16th century Rus – women’s clothing Introduction to niello Chaos and Crumhorns
 4:00 – 4:30 Tear Down for court Quiet Space Closed Closed Ladies’ Room Lords’ Room Closed Closed
 4:30 – 6:00 Court
 6:00 – 6:30 Change for Feast
 6:30 – 7:30 Feast
 7:30 – 9:00 Dancing
 9:00 Clean up

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Class Descriptions

Guild Hall

Contrapasso in Molti Modi
The Honorable Lord James Blackcloak
Contrapasso was a popular dance in 16th Century Italy, and six versions of it appear in manuscripts. I’ll be teaching several variants from these manuscripts, so that you can experience the evolution of the dance over time.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

English Country Dance for all
The Honorable Lord James Blackcloak
English Country Dance is a popular style of dance first recorded in 1649. They are full of patterns, both simple and complex, and are suitable for all levels. Dances may include Lord of Carnavann’s Jegg, Old Mole, and Mage on a Cree.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

Introduction to Chip Carving
Lady Kaolin Konalsdottir
A one on one chip carving class. Basic introduction to the tools, the patterns, and project ideas. I will have a small 3×3 practice piece ready for each student, a selection of knives with different shaped handles. I will also have a book available to give the students ideas for future projects.
1 hr. Class limit: 1. Class fee: $1.

The Knotty Class
Baron Duncan Gabh MacLeod
Four Basic and Versatile knots to use in the SCA.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

Silk Dyeing
Mistress Marian of Heatherdale
Silk dyeing (sometimes known as silk painting) is a great, non-toxic way to make colourful heraldic banners and more. Students will experiment with free materials at the class, and banner kits will be available for inexpensive purchase. Mistress Marian will bring supplies for at least 8 communal practice projects. Ages 10 and up only, and youngsters should bring a helpful adult (at least until we see how you’re doing). Take-home kits will be available for purchase.
*Shouldn’t be a messy class, but be aware we’re working with little bottles of dyes: accidents may happen!
2 hrs. Class limit: 16. Class fee: none.

Who is Henry Buttes?
Baroness Lucia de Enzinas
Who is Master Henry Buttes and why is his book “Dyets Dry Dinner” (1599) is really cool.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

Feast Cooks’ Guild

Baking without measuring cups and spoons
Siglinde Harfnerstochter
If you are afraid to tackle a period pie because you can’t find anything but a modern recipe, full of detailed instructions on quantities, come learn how to judge quantities and trust your eyes and hands to know when you have “enough” and the crust “be cooked enough”. These skills will also transfer to other redactions too.
1 hr. Class limit: 8. Class fee: none.

DIY Home Charcuterie, with A Mediaeval Flair
James Tinker
Join us and learn how to make your own salumi! We’ll make two types of charcuterie that you can take home and enjoy after only a few weeks.
You’ll learn how to make lonzino (dry-cured pork loin) and pancetta (unsmoked, dry-cured bacon), and will take home your own prepared samples (about half a pound of pancetta and a pound of lonzino each) to cure and hang-dry at home. Samples will be available to taste. Meat, spices, and take-home containers are included in class fee. Observers are welcome for donation towards printing costs.
2 hrs. Class limit: 8. Class fee: $35.

Sausage Making at Home
Valdr jarnsmiithr
A hands on class where participants will learn about the techniques and equipment needed to make their own sausages at home. Then techniques can be used to make period recipe sausages.
2 hrs. Class limit: 10. Class fee: $5.

Stick to Your Bones – the Mighty Pottage
Lady Emelote of Calais
A taste test of various pottages and a discussion of how important this common dish was in the Tudor period across all classes.
1 hr. Class limit: 15. Class fee: $2.

Autocrats’ Choice

Romani: An Introduction to Gypsy Persona
The Honorable Lady Pesha the Gypsy
Don’t know how/where to start with this persona? Learn about the *Rom*, their history, common pitfalls, and the fun of this fascinating persona.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

Theory on Judging and giving feed back
The Honorable Lady Constance of Caldrithig
Learn new ways to provide feedback, that center on the receiver and the receiver’s growth. These methods are applicable for A&S competitions, marshal coaching and coaching of dependents.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

The Tidy Tudor
The Honorable Lady Cristabell Wensleydale
How did folks stay clean and healthy in the Tudor times? Learn a little about what they did and why they thought it was a good idea. Make and try out some of the recommended personal hygiene products of the time.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

Kids Track

Colour the Middle Ages
Maistresse Alais de Poitiers
A “free play” colouring session for all ages. Markers, crayons, penscils etc provided along with printed sheets for a range of age groups. Children under 6 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian, please.
1 hr. Class limit: 10. Class fee: none.

Ealdormere’s Songs
The Honorable Lady Pesha the Gypsy
A sing-a-long!
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

Embroidery For Kids
Lady Elenor Elline de Cherbourg
A simple class to teach younger people interested in embroidery a few basic stitches. (Materials provided, children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). This class is being taught by Youth, therefore, parents are being asked to accompany their kids.
1 hr. Class limit: 5. Class fee: none.

Kids’ Dance
Master Martin
Medieval dancing geared for kids – get the wiggles out!
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

Make and take Butter
The Honorable Lady Constance of Caldrithig
Intended for Youth and Children, but all ages welcome. Using your own mini-glass churn, work cream into butter. Complete the process by separating the buttermilk from the butter, adding salt and tasting. Take your butter home for your breakfast.
1 hr. Class limit: 12. Class fee: $5.

Pysanky for kids
The Honorable Lady Marina Anastasia Ozeroski
Decorate your own Ukrainian Easter Egg.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: $5.

Weavers’ Guild

16th century Rus – women’s clothing
The Honorable Lady Marina Anastasia Ozeroski
Learn about the clothing, textiles and their care of a 16th century Rus woman.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

Blackwork Embroidery
The Honorable Lady Marina Anastasia Ozeroski
Learn how to embellish your late period clothing with a popular stitch from 16th century. Blackwork techniques and designs will be demonstrated and you will get to practice as well. Bring your sewing basket. Fabric, floss and a needle will be provided.
1 hr. Class limit: 6. Class fee: $5.

An Early Period Interpretation of a Knighting Ceremony
AElfwyn et Langanwuda
A review of the research and symbology behind my Knighting Ceremony. I will discuss the blending of Anglo-Saxon and SCA culture to create a ceremony that was not only symbolic to the participants but also provided good theatre for the witnesses.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

An example of late 16th century knit hose construction
Lady Estienne de Nantes
This class will examine the shaping and construction used for King Johan III of Sweden’s burial hose, which were found in excellent condition. Understanding of knitting stitches (knit, purl, increases, decreases, casting on, binding off) is assumed.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

From Baseball Cap to Viking Cap
The Honorable Lady Avelyn Wexcombe
Hands-on option: Bring a soft-fabric baseball cap with you that fits well. Not the style with the firm, large panel in front but the kind with soft, equal-sized pieces all around the cap. To start drafting your pattern right away bring along some scrap fabric (1/2 m. or so of cheap broadcloth is perfect); a chalk pencil and scissors; pins for piecing the bits together. These materials are helpful but not necessary to learn the technique.
** NOTE: Participants will work on making patterns only, not the final hat.”
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

How to Make a Stenciled Floor Cloth
Lady Magdalena of Caldrithig
This class will review the technique and look at a sample for a floor cloth, discussing how to use modern materials to replicate a medieval tile floor.
1 hr. Class limit: 10. Class fee: none.

Lucet Cording: Beyond the Basics
Lady Lucie Peltiere
Using two different string winding techniques (turn and no-turn), the lucet produces a strong, even, and durable cord usable for lacing, tying, and gathering garments. As an added bonus, each string winding technique permits distinctive colour patterns to be produced. It is these colour patterns that will be explored today. Some familiarity with lucet cording is useful but not necessary. Do bring a lucet if you have one. Extras will be available. Yarn and string will be provided.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: $2.

Medicinal herbs (CLASS CANCELED)
Asleif of Ramshaven
A look at some medieval medicinal herbs which seem to be at least somewhat effective according to modern research. People need to bring their own writing utensils and the notes will be posted online at my webpage. There will be samples which people can smell/taste. Please be aware that while there will be no peanuts, all allergies are the responsibility of the individual.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

Leather Lounge

Adding Colour to a Bland Leather World – Period Leather Dyes
The Honorable Lord Dafydd ap Alan
We often default to natural colours (various browns and tan colours) for leather goods if we want things to look “period”. However, there is significant evidence that medieval and renaissance leatherworkers would have had a variety of colours to choose from. This class will discuss sources for period dye recipes and how they might have been used. You’ll be able to see some completed experiments with the dyes and take home copies of some recipes to try at home (both the original text and redacted versions).
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

From 2D to 3D – Reproducing a Period Leather Item from a Picture
The Honorable Lord Dafydd ap Alan
“We’d all love to be able to fly to Europe at the drop of a hat to study an object, but that’s not always possible. If you’re lucky, you can find secondary sources that can show you how an item was constructed, but sometimes all you have is a picture and speculation.
We will discuss what to look for in a picture that can tip you off on how an item may have been assembled, and other ways to find sources of information to help make educated guesses so that your item comes as close as possible to the real thing. While the focus will be on leather items, some of the principles will apply to other materials as well.”
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

How to Make Arrows for SCA Target Shooting
Baron Duncan Gabh MacLeod
How to make SCA Target Arrows, Tools to use.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

Introduction to niello
Lord Kenric Manning
A brief history of niello, as well as its preparation and use.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

Walkabout with AElfwyn, vol II – Brussels and Bruges
AElfwyn et langanwuda
A slideshow of the medieval architecture and museums I found during a trip to Belgium.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

Alchemists’ Guild

Alchemy and Paint
Dame Marguerite
I will be discussing the mysticism, symbolism, and mythology that surrounds the alchemy of paint. I will also be discussing our Kingdom’s new Alchemy Guild and what we are all about.
2 hrs. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

Bench Box, Beginners Six board bench box
Lord John Moran
Do you have the problem of Coleman chairs and Rubbermaid totes littering your SCA camp site? Do you see other people at events that have wooden boxes that can store there kit and be used for seating, while looking really authentic? You wish you could have them for your camp but don’t have a wood shop? No worries this class will show you have you can make your very own with the minimum of tools. No advance wood working skills beyond knowing how to use a ruler and a hand saw.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

Bench Box, Intermediate Clamp-front Chest
Lord John Moran
This class will look at the constructions and reproductions of the varieties of period clamp front chests designs. Discuses two variations; Grain Arks and Hutch Chests. It will also cover joinery needed, options on designing the chests, and assembly.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

Pysanky
Susan Barr
Ukrainians and Slavs began decorating eggs with beeswax and brilliant dyes in pre-Christian times, but the art developed strongly during the Middle Ages and Lent. This class will quickly teach the history and process, then provide tools and dyes to decorate an egg. It will be possible to use traditional colors and motifs or do something more modern, such as heraldry. Example Ukrainian patterns and themes will be provided; you may also bring drawings and ideas. . Bring a container to transport your egg home. We could use more cardboard (not styrofoam) egg cartons for use in the class. You could contribute half a carton to the class and reserve half for transport. Kids 8-12 are welcome with a parent.
2 hrs. Class limit: 20. Class fee: $3.

Performers’ Parlour

Beginning Middle Eastern Dance
The Honorable Lady Pesha the Gypsy
Come learn basic Middle Eastern dance moves with Pesha the Gypsy! Come join us as we play, whether you hear the call of the drums at events and want to join the dancers around the fire or you are looking for a fun way to get the blood moving by yourself. This will be a private class for those who are shy.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

Chaos and Crumhorns
Master Martin Bildner
Come explore the instruments of the Renaissance. Stroke a shawm, croak a crumhorn, or just come and learn about the care and feeding of these strange beasts. We’ll try to make music, but cacophony works too.
1 hr. Class limit: 10. Class fee: none.

Recording Period Music at Home
Lord Ian MacDougall of Skye
Do you enjoy making period music (instrumental or vocal) and would like to learn how to record your work to evaluate yourself and share with others? This course will show you how to get started. Topics will include what equipment and software you will need, how to mic period instruments and vocals, single and multitrack recording, mixing and balancing, effects to bring out the best natural sound of instruments and voices, and how to fix some of the little glitches that will inevitably occur.
1 hr. Class limit: 25. Class fee: none.

Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll in Late Period England
Lady Inge of Sten Mark
I will review several broadside ballads, especially those related to sex and drinking.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

Story Telling – the lesser known bardic art
Lady Dubhease ingen Laoidheach
Think bards must sing? Looking to get into story telling? Part class, part round table, we’ll explore story selection, performance, engaging a modern audience , and other tips and tricks.
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

Swedish Sword Dances
Mistress Emma Danskona
This class will examine a dance described by 3 manuscripts from the late 16th century. Dancing and swords — what could go wrong?!!
1 hr. Class limit: none. Class fee: none.

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