|A couple Hundred Years War era (style) tents lend a good medieval atmosphere|
to the festival
I only thought to take a picture of this as everyone was packing up to leave
It was a rather small affair with only a dozen or so demonstrations, and a small audience of 50 or so, but nonetheless it was an enjoyable event. For me, the highlight was a play put on by the Latin and Greek club, which included my new friend who was actually responsible for getting me connected with this event. The play was an English translation of a play written in the 12th century by Vitalis of Blois. (which was an adaptation of a Roman play written by Plautus, in the 3rd century BC) It is a comedy, and quite a good one at that. I would highly recommend everyone to try to read it, but was unable to find any link to it on the web. I was also too engrossed in listening to it to think to take a picture of the performance.
|My table set up with a few medieval items as well as a few tools I have made|
over the past 15 years
|Discussing the Middle Ages in a renaissance costume using a computer|
and a microphone. This was a hard-core-authentic group
|Discussing how gesso is made and used|
For my demonstration I wanted to do a little planing but I realised that it would not be good to be doing a 'medieval' demonstration with an 18th century plane, especially since I am keen on dispelling the myth that "planes did not exist before the 14th century". As of Friday, I had no medieval plane, though I have thought many times that I should and would like to make one. I realised that necessity is a great motivator, and so I managed to design, make, decorate, and finish one in less than 10 hours. (and it even worked)
| A new plane made in time for the festival; it is based on existing |
4th through 9th century examples
The blade is borrowed from an 18th century style plane I made 12 years ago
I thought the wood was Bradford Pear when I pulled it out of my firewood pile 10 years ago, but since then I have realised it was not, What it actually is, though, I cannot say; it has a lovely curly figure to it.
|An example of a small bone plane|
|A wooden example; this one with a bit of Migration Period carving|
both planes ca 5th-8th century
These two planes have been an inspiration to me since I first saw them; they were the prototypes for my plane which is actually larger then these are, but in the same style.
|I do not like copying anything, but I draw heavily on appropriate examples;|
this ornament derives from the Book of Kells
|Decorative embellishment in the Book of Kells which served as inspiration|
Since one of the prototype planes had knot-work ornamentation to it, I felt that that fact gave me license to make my own strap/knot-work design. Believe it or not, working it out on paper and then carving it took as long as the entire process of making the plane in the first place. That knot-work did my head in for a while. I did not get it all correct, but I learned enough doing it that when I do another one it will be much easier. I always have to admire the skill and patience which went into these interlace decorations; if you start to actually study and examine them closely, you will find many of them are mind-boggling!
|Demonstrating the new plane|
|It seems to work. This is actually a smoothing plane|
but the table did not lend itself to using it as such
Hopefully this will be the first of many future events of this sort. Vivamus Historia!