Alric the Younger
Alric the Younger and Ástriðr Sægeirrsdottir
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I actually attended my first SCA event in 1989 after having met some folks at a demo. All that said, we were just two teens in green tabards soaking it all in. Since then realistically I have been in and out dropping by the odd event here and there until the past couple of years as my Wife, Ástriðr Sægeirrsdottir and I have become more and more involved.
I find myself enjoying Archery, Thrown Weapons and learning all the things. I do believe I am a true dabbler (I am tempted to create a 'Things I've Tried' list but I don't know if there is enough room.) In June - AS LII, I signed up to be an Archery Marshall in Training to help run a new local archery practice.
Alric the Younger is from 11th century England. While I have not nailed down much more than that, I do know that I would like to explore the history of 'travelers' during that time period. How safe was it to explore the different lands and areas? Could the common person do just that? I think that this would go a long way to developing a persona that truly likes to dabble in one area or another, as opposed to settling down into a single profession. As I research the Anglo Saxon world a bit more, I may choose a slightly earlier time but we will see.
I am finding that I am enjoying both woodworking and toolmaking, and my current 'big' project is to research and construct a pole lathe appropriate to the time. It is possible that turners also traveled from town to town as evidenced by wooden bowls that were 'repaired' after a crack, rather than replaced. I am thinking that this means the turner wasn't always around to make a new one... but please for the moment, don't quote me on that.
Projects & Publications
I now have a Blog! - AlricTheYounger.wordpress.com
I am looking for a better way to organize this but in the meantime in no particular order...
- I will remember finishing the tips of these in the hotel room the night before a Great Northeastern War and not getting a chance to use them the following day.
- A couple of Javelins
- These really turned out to be Irish throwing darts (is what I think someone called them, but they have spurred me to make some others.
- A Haithabu Bag AS-L
- What was great about this project is that it was the first time I wrote some documentation for an item. Documentation
- A six-panel hat - AS-LI
- Constructed using the leftover material from the Haithabu Bag, this too is all hand stitched. The wool outer shell and the linen lining are assembled. I have added an embroidered band around the brim and stitched it down in place.
- Skjoldehamn Inspired Hood - June AS-LII
- As it figures, now that I've built this hood I found another document that makes me want to start it all over again. This hood started out in white linen which I dyed using modern dyes. I then used a natural linen thread to blanket stitch the edges. The seams are sewn with a silk thread.
- A new linen tunic
- For the longest time, this has been sitting around half constructed as I really didn't like the 'teal' color of the material. I finally have found RIT Dye remover and it has removed much of the green leaving it a very pleasant blue. While not completly finished, I will someday add some embroidered trim.
- I have struggled with this craft for years and reached an Ah Ha Moment at the Market Day at Birka, 2018 during a very informal class. Thicker Yarn (as also suggested by another,) and the Finnish 2+2 Stitch made all the difference in the world. I should have a Travelers hat in no time now. A second class about a month later was also just as helpful as I had a few more specific questions and this teacher was able to add a few other tricks to the table.
- I have a pair of heavy wool trousers just about ready to go - all they need is a hem at the legs.
- Frame Saw
- This too is nearing completion and while usable in its current state, I would like to add some carving to the handles.
Future Projects (in no particular order)
- I really want to weave my own but am having difficulties trying to figure out the best method that will work for me.
- I bought a great book at Birka 2018 that I hope will inspire me to try this again sooner than later.
Guilds and Affiliations
- Member of Arachne's Web Lace Guild
- Underforester in the East Kingdom Foresters Guild
- I have begun the path as an Archery Marshall early in 2017 and am currently in training. I achieved the rank of Archer in September 2017 and was awarded the rank of Marksmen at the Market Day at Birka, 2018 with an average score of 40.33 pts.
In Case of Court
A surprise is fantastic - please contact his wife, Ástriðr Sægeirrsdottir