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Post Egil's! May. 27th, 2009 @ 12:53 am
Well, Egil's is over again...   Like many, I had fun and, this time, learned a lot.  The woodworking end of things went better than I could have possibly imagined.  I spent most of the weekend cutting and chiseling the body of a block plane while talking about woodworking and its history with people who stopped in to watch.  I had a significant audience, as well, with several people staying for an hour or more to watch what I was doing.  I even had a lady stop by with a folding chair that had broken on her.  The frame was fir, using hardwood dowels for the pivoting joints and the dowels had begun enlarging the holes and working loose over time.  I simply used a chiesel to split off a chunk of beech from some of the pieces I brought, then took it to the shaving horse and knocked off the corners, then fed it through a rounding plane, 1/16" larger than the diameter of the original dowel.  That produced about 6 inches of usable dowel with which I repaired the chair, all in about 15-20 minutes.  It's that kind of thing that, for me, really made the demo worthwhile. 

The other thing I learned a lot about were my limits in what I can commit to in service to the Barony and to the event itself.  Egil's has been compared to having a baby in that it's a ton of work that takes over your life for 9 months beforehand.  This year, my projects for Egil's was to make a new pavilion for Gold Key (finished the Thursday before the event), make a BC for my parents-in-law, as well as finish their pavilion (finished Tuesday before the event), Build a workbench so that I'd have something to work on at Egil's (Finished Tuesday before the event), Make two folding chairs for the overall prize (assembly was done long before, but I finished gluing them together at Egil's), A stand for thrown weapons, as well as painting rounds for them (all done at Egil's this year), I also took on the Chamberlain position, as the Autocrat didn't have anyone else to turn to, which took a significant portion of Wednesday to get stuff out as well as All of Monday and part of Tuesday to get everything back from site.  All this on top of coordinating the Artisan's village and demoing woodworking as well as my responsibilities within my own camp.  Oh yeah, I was also acting as advisor for the Autocrat as I ran the event the last two years.  The end result is that, though I wasn't autocrat, I did as much the week of Egil's this year as I have the past two and came back as tired, if not more than when I was in charge of the whole thing. 

All this is leading to my first feelings of burn-out that I've had in the SCA.  I'm certainly not going away but I feel I need to start stepping back a bit and start focusing on getting things that I need to do for myself taken care of.  I haven't had any time to work on non-event critical projects for quite a while and I'd like to get a few things done for myself.  Also, I'd like to see if we can look at how we handle things within the Barony to perhaps spread the load somewhat...  I've observed that, over several years, It's been largely the same people doing the majority of the setup and teardown work for the event.  The last people to leave the site were the same people that were the first to get there and also the ones that spent the most time working at the event.  If we continue to dump all of the loading and unloading, the setup and teardown, etc. of all the Baronial gear on a very small handful of people, we're going to continue to burn out and lose people who, otherwise, are some of the hardest workers the Barony has.  

I, for one, am going to have to step back next year, so that I, myself don't  get churned into the dust under the wheels of Egil's as it rolls out for its 36th year.

Workbench! May. 20th, 2009 @ 07:00 pm

Workbench 01
Originally uploaded by alexhaugland
Well, just in time for doing woodworking at Egil's, I've just about finished a periodoid workbench! The design is my own, more or less, borrowing heavily from an range of sources including the earliest workbench I can find with images of screw vises (early 16th century German). but also drawing from Diederot's Encyclopedie and Roubo's L'arte du le Menuisier (both early 18th century French texts).

The bench is entirely made of European Beech, with a twin screw vise on the front with wooden screws. I still need to plane the top smooth and do some cleanup of surfaces. There are no metal fasteners at all, relying instead on mortise and tenons, dovetails, and wooden pegs to hold it all together. I still need to drill holes for holdfasts and plane the top flat, plane off sawmarks, etc. I'm also debating putting a wagon vise on the bench as there was one on the 16h century workbench. It's very doable as an afterthought, though so I won't do that by Egil's.

Burgeonet! Apr. 12th, 2009 @ 09:11 pm

Burgeonet Side Rough
Originally uploaded by alexhaugland
OK... I've just about finished the gauntlets that I posted about earlier and have been figuring out alternate armouring projects. I've started a new gorget as my second project (I don't have any pictures of that yet.. ) of which I've finished the front half. As a third project and the first helm I've built, I've started a 16th century Burgeonet, being built as a rapier helm. I've roughed out all the pieces and assembled it, for now, as an open faced helm. I still need to devise the face protection for this but the hard part is done at this point. The odd metal post-like things sticking out of the helm are Clico fasteners, which are taking the place of rivets, as I still need to do some finalization and cleanup before I actually rivet it together.

Weaving Apr. 12th, 2009 @ 08:56 pm

Originally uploaded by alexhaugland
I've had several projects going lately so I figure I'd post pictures and updates as I'm trying to do that more often...

I've finally gotten the 8 shaft table loom that I got as an anniversary present warped up correctly! Last night I started weaving and this is the pattern I've got going. The overall project is a table runnerand is about 13" wide. Unfortunately, with the loom on the dining room table, it's too high for me to weave at comfortably and I can only do one repeat at a time without taking a break, so I'll need to find a better solution.

gauntlet02 Mar. 17th, 2009 @ 11:51 pm

Originally uploaded by alexhaugland
I've been working on finishing the mitten gauntlets that I started. At this point, they're nearly done, with the left one being essentially finished, except for stitching in a leather pocket and riveting in a glove. The right one still needs the thumb attached and to be cleaned up. For a first armouring project, I think it's going pretty well and now that I'm almost done with them, I'm trying to think of what I should start next.
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» What's Your Personality Type?
You Are An ISTP
The Mechanic

You are calm and collected, even in the most difficult of situations.
A person of action and self-direction, you love being independent.
You seem impulsive, surprising, and unpredictable to outsiders.
You are good at understanding how all things work, except for people.

In love, you tend to be very easy going and flexible.
The only thing you can't stand for is someone trying to change you or your life.

At work, you can stay completely calm under pressure. You handle stress well.
You would make an excellent pilot, forensic pathologist, or athlete.

How you see yourself: Logical, flexible, and unconventional

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Indecisive, flippant, and disrespectful
I'd agree that there are possibly some flaws with this test.  Having done the official Meyers Briggs Personality Type Indicator test and seeing how the scoring works, there can definitely be borderline traits and one set of questions leans more towards one way or the other for different individuals.  I usually test as INTP,but the N to S are is usually pretty borderline for me (1-3 points towards N) while, for example, I end up solidly 18 points or more towards T, which never seems to waiver. 

» Armouring!

Originally uploaded by alexhaugland
So, I recently started doing something new that I've been interested in doing since I first discovered the SCA, namely Armouring. As some may know I recently started fighting in the SCA (authorized at the end of January) and had my first war experience at Estrella War, which was a blast (even though my primary job at the war was to attempt to defend the pikemen and otherwise draw fire, a task which I feel I did admirably, at least as illustrated by the dents that were on my helm).

Also as a direct result I've picked up an interest in learning the pike, which requires me to use different hand protection and hence the first armouring project of a pair of Milanese-style mitten gauntlets.

I must say I'm enjoying it immensely and things seem to be going together pretty well so far. I've roughed out almost all of the shapes (save one finger piece, as you can see) and will hopefully be finishing them up this week or so. The pattern that I'm using isn't mine, being designed by Sir Alail Horsefriend (horsefriend2) and I've had a large amount of help and guidance from him as well.

Also, it seems to be a rule far more than the exception that the moment you lay things out on the floor to take a photo of them, that every cat in the house converges upon you to investigate what you're doing. After deisplacing Loki, Freya came to discover what Loki was so interested in, condemning me to give up getting a cat-free photo.

I'll make sure to post a photo once I've finished them as well.

» Vigilant Bear

vigilant Bear
Originally uploaded by alexhaugland
Here's the artwork for the new Baronial Charter that I've been working on. I still have to do the text, but otherwise it's pretty much done. The award is for martial recognition, which historically has been called the Vigilant Bear, but as that name is unregisterable, it will likely be changing...

I hope everyone has fun at Kingdom A&S this weekend. Angharad and would like to go, but after being gone for pretty much all of February,we don't have the energy to go.

» Time for a resolution
OK...  It's well after new year's but it is time to make a resolution to start using livejournal more regularly.  At this point I've not updated for over a year and there are definitely things that I should have posted about (such as Italy and Germany, The Janet Arnold Conference, 12th night, Estrella, etc.  So Rather than try to go back and fix wrongs of the past I'm going to try to do better going forward. 

Right now, Angharad and I are on an enforced vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where we are required to sit by the pool drinking margharitas, eat lots of guacamole, and read, while getting sunburned.  My mother bought a week at a villa here at a charity auction and decided we needed a family vaction.  She picked the date, immediately after getting home from Estrella, which isn't great but it's working out otherwise.  The weather is great and it's been pretty good so far  (aside from me feeling like I've got far too much to do and being unable to do most of it).  I've read a lot (mostly classics) and to keep from going completely stir-creazy, I have managed to largely complete a new charter for Adiantum's Vigilant Bear (or whatever it will end up being called, as "Vigilant Bear" is unregisterable).  It's based on the Maciejowski (sp?) bible, at the request of their excellencies as well as out of personal taste.  When I get home I'll ink it and scan it, then I can probably post a picture of it.  At least I've managed to get one thing nearly off my list of projects while here.   

I've also been building medieval chairs, based on german Faldstools, except with backs, similar to the Italian folding chairs like the savanarola style, for those who know them, just with straight lines.  We went to Estrella this year and I've been fighting for just over three weeks now, which has been a lot of fun  I have a few dents in my helm to prove it.  I can at least say that I make a good target which can distract opponents from more qualified fighters.  I did get two or three kills in the war, though, so I guess I'm not completely worthless.   Practice will help.

Well, more later.  Internet isn't as readily available as I'd like here, but I'll try to keep up with what's going on.
» On Baronesses, Barons, and Baronies...
As many on my friends list here probably know, my lady Angarad ([info]elfie_chan ) and I have put our names out for consideration for the next Baron and Baroness of Adiantum.  We've been mulling over the idea for about a year now and, now that the changeover is officially happening are feeling that it is the ideal time in our lives to step up and put our names forward.

On that end of things, I've got a few questions.  I've been living in the Barony for quite some time and have seen a lot of good times and bad as well as 4 barons and 5 baronesses.  All of them had a different approach and style to how they viewed their role within the barony and society, as well as the role of this barony.  What I would like to ask for is the opinions and input of everyone whether local or not to help me better plan and approach this process and perhaps my term as Baron, should I be chosen. 

To kick things off, here's some specific questions (though I'm also open to your pet goals/annoyances/projects/ideas/suggestions):
  • What do you see as the role of the Baron and Baroness within the Barony?
  • If you've ever served as a baron or baroness, What was one of the best things you did for your barony during your tenure?
  • If you've ever served as a baron or baroness, What's one thing, in retrospective, would you have done differently or not done at all?
  • How important in your opinion is it to have a Baron or Baroness who fights?
  • What, to you, is the Baron and Baroness's role in the day-to-day operations of the Barony and its events?
  • How important is the Baron and Baroness's role when playin outside of their barony i.e. at principality and kingdom events?
  • How important is it to have a Baron and Baroness who play outside of their Barony?
  • How can a Baron or Baroness best advance the Arts and Sciences?  Service? Martial arts?
  • If you could tell a new Baron and Baroness (i.e. Angahrad and Myself) one thing that they should never do, what would it be?
  • What is one thing that you would advise that every Baron and Baroness should do?
  • Is there any particular advice you'd give us while in the campaigning stage that we are in now?
  • Anything else you'd like to give us input on?
  • What are your opinions on the role, in terms of the Barony, of retinue?  Sergeants? Courtiers?   
Feel free to comment on anything else that you think would be helpful to us, whether it is a problem your own branch has been facing, to things that you've seen in the past that you'd love to see again, or anything else.

Thank you all
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