Laurel’s Prize Tourney: FOOD!

The array of foods to try–oh wow! I didn’t even get to try all of it. I missed one because it was too early to eat when I was there, and I never got back to it, which grieves me.

I begin with the youngest to display. Roman Cooking demonstrated from more than one source is always a good beginning. Shannon of Fynnon Gath made a nice presentation and her samples tasted good.  I can see her being lauded for a feast in the future!

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Sigridr Ranglatr presented a beautiful selection of sweets that could be enjoyed on bread. I could very happily eat any of her delicious concoctions at a meal. She displayed her mortor and pestle which would have been a common kitchen tool in most of the SCA period.

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Gaelan Garrett created samples of preserved foods. He cured meats and made fermented preserved items.  He also displayed samples of puddings and other period means of making certain foods taste good past their prime, and also to make them go further. This was the ONE food booth I intended to return to and sample and ran out of time. I sadly missed my chance to taste what promised to be very interesting dishes!

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Alianorra MacKkye presented deserts and a vinegar drink I could drink all day long. She had various candied fruits, and ginger, which I sampled. I did not try the meat dish, although I was tempted but I didn’t want to mess up her lovely spread before the Laurel’s got to see and taste it first.  I came back and refilled my drink cup from that cold vinegar beverage, shown in the glass container with spicket, several times over the course of the day. Yum!

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Marie de Girau presented SAUCES. The garlic green sauce was spectacular. The mild garlic sauce really didn’t have much garlic flavor, but was pleasant otherwise.  She made meatballs for the sauces, but I liked it on a cracker just fine. I think it would do fabulously well over any meat.  The mustard sauce was good, but the garlic sauce–wow!  She also does garb.

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Marianna de Salamanca did not cook food. Her display probably should not be in this blog post, but I have no idea where to put it.  She made things for the skin, things to make you smell good, things to freshen clothing, things for cleaning teeth, and other similar items.

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This wraps up the Laurel’s Prize Tourney blog posts. I hope you enjoyed them, and I hope I did not make too many mistakes on names.  As of the time of writing this, I found one wrong name and changed what I wrote but that leaves me with another person whose name I did not get.  Not bad for my first time attempting to document this, one of my favorite events.

Laurel’s Prize Tourney: Armor, Weapons, Battles and the Horse

This is a broad category filled with some of my favorite displays. I placed only four artisans in this category. I wish I had been able to spend more time with them as their work is exciting!

Bridget Rede of Dunvegan’s display was located right at the door so there I began my day. A horse crazy gal from infancy, I have read and read and geeked out over horses my entire life so her display of all the things she had found that claimed to be period but she had shown were not period not only caught my eye but proved delightful. She had a nice selection of period literature and other documentation as well. I would love for her to dive in and MAKE a set of period tack so she can display what IS correct.

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Aubri de Baudrecourt had a display, complete with maps, of the battle of Lepanto. The degree of detail and his application of the techniques used to rapier showed a great deal of thinking had gone into this. I wish I had been able to talk with him more about his documentation and sources. He also was familiar with Chesterton’s epic poem about this battle and I rarely meet anyone who knows that piece.  Lepanto was one of those historic battles that saved Christian Europe from being conquered and nobody hears about it in history classes.

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Galen of Ockham displayed some lovely tools of navigation.

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Karl Thorgeirsson  displayed much of woodcraft, ranging from crossbow and musical instruments to chairs and drinking vessels. I did not get to ask him if he made every thing there. It looked like it. I also didn’t get to talk to him about the instrument. I wanted to pick it up and try it but without permission that wasn’t possible.  I’ll let the photos speak:



Finally, someone researching ancient roman armor. He had GREAT sources, fabulous documentation, eamples done period style and more of the substitute metal in which his project would be done. Only thing, I failed to get a name.  I love what he is doing. So, somebody tell me his name so I can friend him on facebook and pick his mind on books!


Laurel’s Prize Tourney: Heraldic and Scribal Arts

Scrolls galore!  I saw so many gorgeous, colorful, detailed and magnificent scrolls that my head spun and I could not have kept them all from blurring together with out the aid of my magic casket and its ability to store images.

I think I will begin with a single, random, framed, illumination displayed by Osama van der Linden:

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Aibhlin inghean Daibhidh is another artisan of the Scribal Arts, among other things:

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Biau-dou de la Mere is another artisan whose name uses the one letter my keyboard will not do– so my apologies.  I was fascinated by the many tiny bottles of colored inks, and the beautiful details in each illuminated page. I cannot imagine the patience it must take to create your own colors from what can be known from history.

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Elena Kirchenknopf does calligraphy, and illumination, but I found the calligraphy particularly handsome on this piece.

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This young lady, Deanna della Penna, has done a very nice job writing her icons. I do object to Our Lady of Guadalupe with lighter brown hair, icons are conservative and would be properly done with a very dark brown or black, but she had to use what her instructor gave her. I particularly like her tryptic in progress with the accompanying angel panel and the central panel of the Virgin Mary with Christ Child, already completed. She shows a talent for the work.  I hope very much to see where she takes it.

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Elena Wyth is another calligrapher whose work in color is lovely:

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Francisca Sastre de Arellano had a lovely abundance of beautiful scrolls to display. I particularly liked her documentation. I hope I did her work justice with my images:

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Hillary Rose Greenslade is the last of the scribal to share here. She showed many beautiful pieces:

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I am not certain where to categorize this beautiful work in glass. It glows with light, as does an Illumination. It is a story written in glass which in the West did a similar job of catechizing that the Icon did in the East. So I am including the work of…. uh-oh, I seem to have failed to get his name card! Please let me know who he is if you know! The work is lovely.

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Laurel’s Prize Tourney: Fiber Arts Part II

There were so many beautiful displays of fiber arts that it took more than one post to cover them all. Even so, I may have managed to miss someone. Stellar Event!

This artisan was absent from her table when I arrived to take photographs, but Jean Marie Laverriere’s delicately beaded linen caught my eye. I didn’t get to ask about the pretty pieces but it was easy to get a photo or two without anyone blocking my path.

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HL Miriam Armstrong attended with her mother. I liked the drum in the midst of the lovely stitching.

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Bertina Battista had a basket of colorful yarn that I so badly wanted to sink my hands into!! Lovely colors and they looked so soft.

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Emelisse de Loupey had displays about dyes and their effects. I failed to do a close-up of the framed portion of the display. I humbly apologize for that failure.

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This is the last of the artisans I collected as Fiber Arts. Short post, but the other was as long as I ever make them. So here, is the last, the work of: Ealasaid Mac al Bhaired (al Aeryn)

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This wraps up the Fiber Arts– unless I find pictures that I haven’t already put into one of the posts.  My eyes a blurry from staring at so many images, trying to guess which fit together and which artisan goes with which name.  As I said before, if you see an error, please let me know.