Buckthorn for inks and pigments

I have been trying for quite some time to find Buckthorn berries in the wild. It’s surprisingly difficult. When I started in the SCA first, or rather, when I decided ink making was for me having found the SCA, I found the Special Collections Conservation Unit of the Preservation Department of Yale University Library’ pamphlet…

Extracts from somewhere else

I feel like I’m been busy forever. It is difficult to get time to assign to the things I really love. I did manage to get some thoughts on paper on another subject recently and it occurred to me some of the findings could reasonably be housed here, so I can come back to them…

An inkmaker’s kit

Some time ago I signed up to help out at an Eplaheimr demo in Loughrea, at the Medieval festival ( ‘Echoes of our Past’ – in partnership with Irish Walled Towns Network, Galway County Council and The Heritage Council.) there. The brief was to bring something as a sample of what I do that I…

Essential tools for early pyromaniacs.

Long, long ago.. okay it was April-ish … I heard many excellent tales about an event called Serve it Forth, held in Polderslot.  It appears to have been an event I would have enjoyed very much, featuring cooking and food related classes, and I was sorry to miss it.  The bit that really made me…

When things go wrong

I had to call a halt to SCA, mundane work just got too busy and too fraught, my health took a little interesting detour and I’d end up an awful lot of evenings utterly unable to remember my name yet alone how to SCA or anything like it. There was an occasional wave through a…

A rose by any other name would ..taste? as sweet

I’ve spent quite a lot of hours on making flowers for a wedding cake, and the practice of making real world items in sugar is most definitely a medieval one so I get to cheat and include them here. This is another not exactly SCA post, more interest adjacent.  I am due to return to…

Tentative pokings

I haven’t been around much.  Some might say at all.  SCA stuff was a bit hard to keep up with with other stuff going on life and mundane work wise.  I’ve found myself going “I should look into that” and “I should try that!” again, so maybe that’s a sign that things are coming back…

Small acorns from mighty oaks

I was working on a project to present something I made to my very awesome laurel for my anniversary event Champions of Lough Devnaree (an excellent event, as always, ably run by Lord Jasper Rose and his staff with a truly magnificent lunch and feast cooked by Mistress Caitriona of the Ravens and her excellent…

No, really, just no..

Things I did not need in my life – A recipe for cooking cat “123. ROAST CAT (98) AS YOU WISH TO EAT IT” from Ruperto de Nola’s “Libre del Coch” I’ll spare you the gorey details. It says not to eat the brains “for they say that eating the brains will cause him who…

The dreaded tooth worm

The attendant extravagances of pain associated with dental problems in the 21st century make me seriously wonder how humanity survived to this point.  I had a ‘lovely’ time not all that long ago with a dental abscess, followed quickly by more problems in teeth close  to the same spot (the original problem causing tooth having…

timthacmang

I couldn’t resist it, I think it’s a fabulous word.  As I think I mentioned, I’m currently researching forestry and the importance of trees in Medieval Ireland.  In the course of it I’ve run across this word, which gives me the perfect opportunity to tell you about eDIL – the Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language…

Hello on the other (hopefully) side

I had to take some time out – for lots of reasons, some not good, some pretty great – and while  I have been still a bit involved in a pared back version of things SCA, I haven’t been truly with it for just about a year now.    I taught some classes, (glass bead…