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…

The Oak Gall’s connected to the Oak twig

I’ve mentioned before, I think, that as a kid I had known oak galls as oak apples.  Turns out I was partially right.  They’re one type of oak gall and not even the one I was associating with the name.  I’ve been doing a little research into my favourite ink making ingredient (as every good…

Preparing for class

Lately most of my time has been going on new website stuff with Lady Sela and that’s been great.   A&S wise, I have a big but secret project ongoing that’s been keeping me busy, but I also have a lamp work glass class to give at the Althing in Eplaheimr in October.  I realised it…

The basket case

There have been a few adventures recently, in glass bead making and teaching, in lichen dye research and in my top secret project that I’m trying to get finished for first weekend in September.   The one I can blog about most easily right now is my foray into basketweaving, because I have a bunch…

On creating scrolls for friends.

I think I mentioned before that creating scrolls for friends is a very special thing.  I like trying to personalise it to something about them in particular.  It’s also a bit nerve wracking because you *really* want it to go well but as someone still learning the skills you know you’re not going to be…

Casting about for tokens

Dun in Mara successfully bid to host Drachenwald Summer Coronation at Newgrange Lodge in June.  The event was a big success and I will write about it separately but yay for Lord Aodhán dhá Cheist for his event stewarding skills, Lord Jasper Rose for his highly successful minion wrangling, Lady Sela for excellent reservations wrestling…

Coronet Tourney – post the second

So it’s been a while and the reason is probably also behind why I felt Coronet Tourney came in 2 parts, a great bit and a not so great bit.  Part 2, the not so great bit, was feast prep and feast itself.   I had a very hard time letting myself off the hook…

Coronet Tourney- post the first.

My thoughts about the recent Coronet come in two distinct flavours, so they will be split into two posts.  The first post, this one, is about the Coronet Tourney itself, since it was a bit special – the awesome Lady Gytha Ui Bhanain and Lord Aodh O’Siadhail were fighting in a Coronet Tourney for the first…

Parti-coloured gown plans, the prologue.. 

I have been planning to make a particolour gown for some time, I thought I might have had a chance to get it done before Coronet (more in that later) but my mundane working life has been a bit all consuming of late. I found this and I wanted to make sure I didn’t lose…

At last, I get to play with glass..

I have wanted to try working with glass since I was about Art’s age.  Last October he and I went on a short trip to Waterford for a couple of days and, after watching the glass blowing and crystal cutting at Waterford Crystal, it’s interesting to learn that he is now similarly captivated by the…

Writing tools for going to Universities

I started this just after Kingdom University, and then got sidetracked by becoming quite horribly ill.  Let’s just say I don’t recommend meddling in the affairs of pneumonia germs, they are subtle and quick to knock you off your ass and lay you low for weeks. I’m finding it difficuly to try and fit myself…