Friday, May 18, 2012

Thursday, May 17

I got so busy I forgot to take pictures again.  But we started with my Barley Porridge and Diedre's Beefy Cabbage.

Sage fleshed out his armour plan for a 15th century Italian boffer kit with upgrade to adult armour potential.  It will include a lot of King-Renee-inspired hardened leather.

Ben worked on a 1200 Hospitaler armour plan.  He really likes the look of the flat-top helms but will probably use one of our baronial loaner sugarloaf helms for a while.
 Here is what he wants: 

Belle and Josh and Nora re-painted some miniatures that had been banged up the recent  Rube Goldberg project.  I'll try to provide a link to the video.  (Yes.  There is video.)  Nora also drew up a lovely knotwork piece for Wyllow...involving a willow tree of course.

Wyllow sewed a hammock cover that she plans to use on a Girl Scout campout this weekend.

Gunna worked on projects and visited with folks but I never actually saw what she was working on.  Maybe it is a secret present for me!  Or maybe not...   :(

Wolf laced together more lamellar scales and figured out how many he will need for each row, so he took some more plastic with him to cut out the remaining scales on his bandsaw.  Working at home between open shop days=armour done sooner!

Diedre finish the last of the rivets for the skull of her Valsgarde 6 helm.  It looks great!  Now to rivet on the cheek plates, back slats, nasal, and face-protecting bars. She is on track to finish her kit in time for War of Ages this fall.

Crisdean dyed his leather vambraces and rerbraces black with iron-based "vinegaroon" dye and dished the vambraces for that sexy tulip shape.  Next week he'll be ready for glue-soaking and baking!

William/Artorius helped with several projects and worked with Aaron and I on where to re-locate the grip and strap on his shield.  Maybe this week he will drill the holes and move them?  It could happen...

Aaron repaired the articulation on a knee cop and did some quick preliminary padding for his new helm to see where the chin strap needs to go.  We had a wee bit of trouble drilling the holes for the chinstrap because his aventail seems to be designed not to be removable, but we managed to get it done.  We also worked out a pattern for a linen liner for this helm.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Period food night

 Wyllow prepared 4 game hens using/adapting a Roman recipe for roast hens in "green sauce".  She told me many more details about ingredients and methods and adaptations for missing ingredients like green nard, but what I remember is that they tasted exotic and delicious.

And Wyllow served up the hens elegantly on a platter.
 Deidre brought a middle-eastern dish of rice and lentils and...other things.  What things?  You'll have to ask her.

Belle and her friend Josh worked on a Rube Goldberg device for physics class, resulting in intermittent crashing sounds and exclamations throughout the evening.

In other news, Wolf finished shaping his lamellar scales so we worked out a lacing pattern/plan and he is busily assembling them.  Abby rounded the corners of all the metal bits for her brigandine gorget and we discussed design ideas for the remaining parts.  Gunna warped her loom with blue thread for a new project. Khutulun brought her stage-armour elbows and knees over and we worked together to dish the last elbow, planish all of them and drill holes for strapping/attaching them.  Deidre peened more rivits in her Valsgarde 6 helm.

Sage came over with his dad and little brother.  All seemed fascinated with what we do so we will see how many of his family decide to get involved.  Sage seems inclined towards 15th cent. Italian renaisance for clothing and armour.  It would be great to see someone do boffer in a hardened leather King Renee suit...and then he could easily upgrade it for adult combat in about 3 years.

And that was enough for one night!