I have not been quiet, I have in fact been busy. The first two weeks of August are the busiest time of year for my hobby Viking Age Reenactment (I guess I cannot classify woodworking as a hobby in my life any longer, words like addiction or passion would probably serve better) We have a big show up in Ishpeming Michigan for a renaissance faire on the first weekend in August and our annual Midsummer Feast and Tournament the second weekend.
Now there was some woodworking involved in both weekends. When we set up our encampment at a faire I bring along my portable joinery bench and set up doing some woodcarving demonstrations for those interested. I love doing this because other woodworkers I have never met before stop, look, and then begin to talk sawdust with me.
|The steel is just for light demonstration, so far. We are working towards passing the padded weapons on and using wooden ones, and in some cases, real steel weapons.|
The next weekend was the feast and tournament. I did a short presentation on carving techniques for the members in attendance.
|I took second place in archery.|
|Second place in the axe throw|
|First place in the spear throw.|
|I took first place in the balance log combat, were we use our weapons and sometimes our bodies to remove our opponent from the log first.|
|And I took first place in the heavy combat tournament, a great weekend for me overall which added to me winning the overall competition and the prize of a couple of pieces to add to my armor.|
In fact I just put in an order at my hardwood dealer Big River Lumber Company for 60 board feet of 5/4 poplar. I'm starting work on a traditional tool chest in an Anarchist style. So from here on we'll finish up talking about my build of Chuck Bender's William and Mary Book Stand, and we'll talk about my finishing of a carved box. After that we'll follow up on my build of an anarchist's tool chest and some of my own individualist ideas I intend to include. (Nothing really too far off the map though) Until then. . .
Ratione et Passionis
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