Alric the Younger
Alric the Younger and Ástríðr Sægeirsdottir
Submitted to College of Heralds for approval: Vert, a boar's head erased close and on a chief enarched argent four broadheads vert.
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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, Ástríðr Sægeirsdottir 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
- Novice in the East Kingdom Foresters Guild, The Forest of Stonemarche
- Member of the Royal East Kingdom Moneyers Guild
- Member of the East Kingdom Blacksmiths Guild
- Member of the Fiber Artists of the East Kingdom
- Stonemarche Apothecary Guild
- Stonemarche Dabblers Guild
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