Artisan’s Row – 2023

Artisans’ Row is not your average classroom setting. You are welcome to simply teach a one-hour class; however, the possibilities are so much more! It is a living collaborative environment, where you can coordinate classes with others in your field of interest, pass students onto the ‘next step’ in another field, set up an all-day demo or try-it area, offer a multi-day workshop, run an after-dark slideshow or movie, or do something else that just doesn’t fit into a typical ‘A&S Classes’ setting. Where better than a war, to pick up new skills and ideas?

Class Descriptions

Open Workshop with Haraldr
Instructor: Haraldr Bassi
Time: Thursday-Sunday, stop in to visit and learn!
Location: Artisans’ Row, Haraldr’s Workshop

I am bringing out a bunch of my tools and will be offering several different types of projects. I will have the ability to have folks making their own tools for stamping or chasing. The time commitment to make a tool is 2-4 hours.

I will also have materials and tools so that folks can make their own stamped Viking arm bands, using a tool you make or from the selection of stamps I’ve made from patterns found in the Cuerdale Horde. Time commitment for stamping an aluminum blank (more expensive material) is minimal at 1/2 hr or so. The less expensive blanks have a time commitment of a couple hours due to the need to file the blanks to shape (least expensive materials costs).

I also will have different types of wire that are suitable for making hair pins. Time commitment should be 1-2 hours.

I should also have the enameling tools available, so that folks can make a glass on copper enamel piece. Time commitment is generally 3 or more hours, though there are cooling times needed so that 3 hours could be over a longer period.

There will be modest materials fees for each of those projects. Tools would be $3-20 depending on the size of the metal used. Arm bands will be $1-3. Hair pins would be $1-5 while enamel pieces would be $3-5.

I will also be offering pewter casting and will be bringing out soapstone, carving tools and casting equipment.

Tools and work spaces are somewhat limited. Students can come and go as needed. Materials fees of $2 to $20 will be requested, depending on which materials are being used Youth ages 12-18 may attend

Workshop will open shortly after I arrive and stay until I leave on Sunday.

Sewing Your First Tunic
Instructor: Tawnie MacRaith
Time: Friday, 9:00-11:00 am
Location: Artisans’ Row

Been avoiding sewing your own garb because you just don’t know what to do? Then this class is for you. I’ll walk you through drafting a pattern from an existing tunic, explain dreaded sewing machine basics and point out the most common beginner mistakes. I’ll go over all the things I wish someone had told me when I started, so that you don’t have your first garb falling apart like I did, along with tricks I learned along the way that made my sewing go smoother.

Youth ages 12-18 may attend

Soldering 101: Make a Sterling Silver bracelet!
Instructor: Madalena de Orozco
Time: 10-11 am & 2 pm – 3 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, with the rest of the time as open shop time.
Location: Artisans’ Row, Madalena’s Workshop

Get over your fear of fire and solder, as we assemble copper and sterling silver into bracelets and necklaces.
Students will learn how to solder metal jump rings, advancing from copper to sterling silver, to make a bracelet with clasp.

There is a $50 class fee for sterling silver, and a $40 class fee for copper. I accept Venmo, cash app, square, and cash.

Please bring: Sturdy directors chairs/wooden chairs for use.

Students younger than 16 are welcome, with an adult present.
I have 6 stations that will be open from 10 am, to sundown Friday & Saturday, with classes taught at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., but as long as there is a station available, I’m willing to teach.

Safety Notice: Please wear tight-to-your-body sleeves, or tie loose sleeves up to avoid the fire.

Genius or Madman? A Discussion on Jesters, Fools and Idiots
Instructor: Singe Du Coffre
Time: Friday, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: Artisans’ Row

A Discussion on Jesters, Fools and Idiots Youth ages 12-18 may attend

Folkloric Fusion Dance & Flow Arts
Instructor: The Fire Maiden
Time: Friday, 12:00-2:00 pm
Location: BFT (The large pavilion where court is held)

Ready to dance at the next hafla or campfire? Come learn a basic folkloric movement vocabulary that will have you dancing with live musicians and other dancers like you’ve been practicing together for years! This tried-and-true format designed for group improvisation is based not only on movements from the Middle East but also India, North Africa, Spain and beyond. Adventurous dancers can try finger cymbals, tambourines, or balancing. In hour two of this combo class, we will sample flow arts rooted in folkloric dance. While many diverse objects are manipulated in the flow arts (e.g., veils, skirts, wings, staff, poi, fans, hoops, etc), they are all essentially used as extensions of the human body, amplifying the geometry and energy of movement to create a beautiful display. Come see how many movements crossover easily from one prop to the next. Feel free to bring your own, and I will also have some of each kind for you to borrow or buy. Let’s dance!

Everyone can participate in some way. Youth ages 12-18 may attend.

Pewter Casting in Soapstone
Instructor: Ulfeior a Prondheimi
Time: Friday, 12:00-2:00 pm
Location: Artisans’ Row, Haraldr’s Workshop

In this class you will be taught how to carve a soapstone mold and cast using pewter. All materials provided, donations appreciated.

Youth ages 12-18 may attend
Limit 8, observers welcome. No more than 8 observers.

Equestrian 101
Instructor: Surayj ibn Azra al Azhari
Time: Friday, 1:00-2:00 pm
Location: Equestrian Camp

Have you ever thought, what’s up with the horses at certain SCA events? What does it take to get involved? How do I learn to ride? How do I even act around a horse ANYWAY?

Well, this class is for you. Whether you have an idea of what it takes or haven’t even been 10 feet from a horse, this class will show you the bare-bones basics of all those intro questions on how to get involved. I will even supply a living breathing member of the equine species for you to ooh, and ahh, and learn basic (and VERY important!) horse etiquette and WHAT NOT TO DO if you happen to see a horse at an event.

Q&A will be at the end. Petting the horse will be allowed, if time permits and the horse agrees.

Youth ages 12-18 may attend
Safety Notice: Horses involved. People need to stay behind barrier unless invited.

Northern Pottages
Instructor: Willoc macMuiredaig
Time: Friday, 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: Artisans’ Row, Willoc’s Outdoor Kitchen

Come explore how to make different pottages from northern Europe. Participants will choose a recipe to explore, then leave with samples from each of the recipes to share with their camp (enough to feed 2-4 people).
The class size limit is for individuals, or a pair working together – register the morning of the class. Volunteer dish-washers are always welcome at the end of class.

Youth ages 12-18 may attend
6 participants/teams
Fee: $20
Safety Notice: No loose sleeves, we will be working over a campfire.

Herbal First Aid
Instructor: Loveday Baldwyne
Time: Friday, 1:00-2:00 pm
Location: Artisans’ Row

Tips and resources for creating an herbal first aid kit.

Ointments, Decoctions, Oils and Poultices
Instructor: Jehanne de Montauban
Time: Friday, 2:00-3:00 pm
Location: Artisans’ Row

This class will cover the basic guidelines of harvesting herbs for preparation, and the various methods that were used in the medieval time period to prepare the herbs for use.

This class is offered by the Ansteorran Herbalism & Apothecary Guild as a required part of the “Certificate of Apothecary Basics”. Class researched and information compiled by Viscount Seamus O’Caellaigh, OL, author of Pustules, Pestilence and Pain: Tudor Treatments and Ailments of Henry VIII.

Youth ages 12-18 may attend.

How to Put Together a Hafla
Instructor: Dominique Michelle LeVesseur
Time: Friday, 2:00-3:00 pm
Location: BFT (The large pavilion where court is held)

Learn how to host a fabulous Middle Eastern party no matter what your budget!
Adult (18+) only

Uroscopy and the Humors
Instructor: Ceara inghean mhican Ghabhann
Time: Friday, 3:00-4:00 pm
Location: Artisans’ Row

Come learn about the common medieval diagnostic methods, some of which are still in use today. This class is not for the squeamish!

This class is offered by the Ansteorran Herbalism & Apothecary Guild as a required part of the “Certificate of Apothecary Basics”. Class researched and information compiled by Viscount Seamus O’Caellaigh, OL, author of Pustules, Pestilence and Pain: Tudor Treatments and Ailments of Henry VIII.

Youth ages 12-18 may attend.

Herbalism & Apothecary Guild Meeting
Instructor: Jehanne de Montauban Time: Friday, 4:00-5:00 pm
Location: Artisans’ Row

This is a simple Meet & Greet to discuss where we are and where we want to go as a guild. Members and any other interested persons are invited! As a bonus, this will fulfill the requirement for a meeting in the Southern Region.

Youth ages 12-18 may attend.

Easy Viking Cap
Instructor: Vanessa de Verona
Time: Saturday, 9:00-11:00 am
Location: Artisans’ Row

Make your own hand sewn ladies Viking cap.
Please bring: Sewing kit with scissors. If specific fabric wanted, bring 1/3 yard. Donations accepted.

Youth ages 12-18 may attend.
Limit 8. Non participants may attend.

History of the Ansteorran Longship Company
Instructor: Ivar runamagi
Time: Saturday, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: In front of the bathhouse

This class will discuss the beginnings and history of the Ansteorran Longship Company. Much of the history of the group is most interesting since a lot happened outside the SCA but made it possible for the group to be better and more involved in the SCA. There are some parts of the Longship Company that no one knows about, except us. We are far more than those guys that fix the omelets. We have the only actual sailing viking longship in the Kingdom, or either state.

Youth ages 12-18 may attend.
Safety Notice: You cannot get on the longship!

An Intro To Skaldic Poetry
Instructor: Roric Rainerson
Time: Saturday, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: Artisans’ Row

What makes a Skald a Skald? Come learn the basics of the most complicated form of Skaldic Poetry and how it’s written.

Youth ages 12-18 may attend.

Construction of Skelmir, smaller of the longships of the Ansteorran Longship Company
Instructor: Ivar runamagi
Time: Saturday, 12:00-2:00 pm
Location: In front of the bathhouse

This class will discuss, using Skelmir as an illustration, the construction of the smaller of the two longships of the Ansteorran Longship Company (ALC). Skelmir is a 22 1/2 foot sailing longship styled after the Oseberg ship. The construction uses modern materials but has the appearance of a ship built using period techniques. Students will learn that the construction of a longship is a LOT of work and should not be tried by anyone that wants instant return on your investment. And they cost a LOT of money.

Youth ages 12-18 may attend.
Safety Notice: You cannot get on the longship!

Brewing with Stones and Fire
Instructor: Daria von Drachenwald
Time: Saturday, 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: Artisans’ Row Courtyard

How did they brew before they had big metal pots? With Fire, Rocks, and Wooden Barrels! This is a hands-on Class focusing on making Mead.
Note: If there is rain or a burn ban, class will be canceled.

If you are under the age of 21, you MUST have a parent with you as we will be sampling some finished brew. (bring a mug)
Safety Notice: Messy and sticky. No loose sleeves or jewelry as we are working with a campfire.

Skirllig – A Scottish Breakfast
Instructor: Willoc MacMuiredaig
Time: Saturday, 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: Artisans’ Row, Willoc’s Outdoor Kitchen

Come learn to make Skirling, a simple Scottish meal involving bacon, onions, and (gluten-free) oatmeal. Participants will leave with samples to share with their camp (enough to feed 2-4 people).
The class size limit is for individuals, or a pair working together – register the morning of the class. Volunteer dish-washers are always welcome at the end of class.

Youth ages 12-18 may attend.
Limit: Up to 6 participants/teams
Fee: $8
Safety Notice: No loose sleeves – we will be cooking over an open fire.

Poisons and Antidotes
Instructor: Catrin ferch Rhys
Time: Saturday, 1:00-2:00 pm
Location: Artisans’ Row

A lecture class on the sources and types of poisons found in period. Poison sources (animal, vegetable, mineral) and period antidotes. A limited number of handouts will be available.

Adult (18+) only
Please bring: Bring a pen/pencil for note taking if desired.

Making Roman Jewelry
Instructor: Madalena de Orozco
Time: Saturday, 2:00-4:00 pm
Location: Artisans’ Row, Madalena’s Workshop

Learn how to make a bracelet in the Roman style! We will be learning how to make a necklace with either brass or stainless steel wire.

If you want to bring your own tools, you will need: flush cutters, round nose pliers, flat nose pliers and a bead board.

Youth ages 12-18 may attend.
Please bring: Chair. I have tools for 6, but if you bring your own tools, you are welcome to attend. There will be plenty of beads available.
$5 supplies cost

Apothecary Shops: History and Equipment
Instructor: Jessimond of Emerickeskepe
Time: Saturday, 2:00-3:00 pm
Location: Artisans’ Row

One of twelve classes offered by the Ansteorran Herbalism and Apothecary Guild as part of its Certificate of Apothecary Basics. These classes were researched and developed by Viscount Seamus O’Caellaigh, OL of An Tir.

Youth ages 12-18 may attend – Limit 10

A Deep Dive into Middle Eastern Cookery
Instructor: Nafisa al-Nahdiya
Time: Saturday, 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: Artisans’ Row Courtyard

A live cooking demonstration and discussion. (Dish TBD) Please bring: A pen and notebook
Donations welcome

Youth ages 12-18 may attend.
Safety Notice: Need to know food allergies.

A History of Herbals
Instructor: Jessimond of Emerickeskepe
Time: Saturday, 3:00-4:00 pm
Location: Artisans’ Row

This class is one of the Ansteorran Herbalism and Apothecary Guild classes that comprise the Certificate of Apothecary Basics researched and developed by Viscount Seamus O’Caellaigh, OL of An Tir, author of “Pustules, Pestilence and Pain: Tudor Treatments and Ailments of Henry VIII“.
Anyone wishing to review the class material ahead of time may visit the Guild’s website: https://ansteorra.org/herbalismapothecary/classes/

Youth ages 12-18 may attend – Limit 10

Morning stretch
Instructor: Adria Lorelle
Time: Friday and Saturday, 8:00-9:00 am
Location: BFT

Basic belly dance stretches for fighters and non-fighters alike. Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in.

Youth ages 12-18 may attend.

Traditional Mongolian Food
Instructor: Adria Lorelle
Time: Saturday, 2 parts– 10:00 am and 3:00 pm
Location: Adria’s Camp

2-part class in my camp ongoing traditional mongolian food. AM class will be decision and making dough for bread, hand pies, and cookies. PM class will be preparing hand pies, meat cakes, and cookies.

Adult (18+) only Limit 6