Great Southern Gathering 2010: Class Listing
(At this time, these are proposed classes and times: to be confirmed, closer to the event)
To book for classes, please contact Katerina da Brescia.
A stroll through the Walpurgis (I33) manuscript (Rapier)

The I33 or Walpurgis Manual is the earliest known fencing manual dating from around 1300. Unlike most subsequent manuals the Walpurgis manual was constructed around a set of quite detailed illustrations which are sequenced in short sections, rather like a cartoon, in order to provide a visual example of sequences of action. While the attached text, originally in Latin and German, is useful in helping us understand the illustrations and the fighting strategies employed in this style of sword and buckler fencing, it is possible to explore the style largely using the illustrations. A number of authors have written interpretations of the Walpurgis manual and these have changed significantly over time. As an introduction to the Walpurgis manual, and the fighting style it described it is useful to go back to the original source and play with the illustrations and text. While they are not essential, if you have a sword and/or buckler bring them along. We will stroll through the manual exploring its possibilities in a relaxed and open ended way.

William Forrester de Blackwode
PROPOSED DAY/TIME: (These times are subject to change).

Sat PM
Basic Tablet Weaving (A&S)
Card weaving, also known as tablet weaving, is a type of weaving that  produces narrow textile bands such as braid/trim, belts and straps.
Sometimes such bands can be found woven into the selvages of a garment.  It is an ancient and wide-spread art - with archaeological  evidence of  its use from at least 400BC (Spain) through many other cultures and time periods.  Evidence of its use can be found in diverse archaeological  sites: from Norse/Viking Scandinavia, Anglo-Saxon Northern Europe, to a variety of the Medieval/Middle Age sites,  including finds of extant clothing and ornate silk ecclesiastical vestments.  During the 1600s, inscription bands were woven for pilgrims to Jerusalem, with some bearing the pilgrim's name and date of the pilgrimage. Generally, the tablet woven band produced is both strong and sturdy - and it can be infinitely decorative.  The beauty of tablet-weaving is the variety of patterns one can produce: ranging from simple and easy, to elaborately patterned and very time consuming.  This lends itself to an art that will grow with the skill of the artisan. A pack of cards & Cotton threads (cost $5) will be provided to make 1 length of tablet woven braid from a selection of simple designs.
(Booked Place to date: 6)
Lorix (Louisa Lyppard de Cattone du Lac) Sat AM
Basic KumiHimo Braidwork (on a disc) (A&S)
KumiHimo is a Japanese form of Braid that dates from the 8th Century. Braids were usually made of silk and were used to decorate clothing, weapons & sword hilts; tie robes; lace amour; harness horses and hang banners.  Thus it certainly has a multitude of uses in the SCA! A pack will be supplied for you to make a basic piece of 8-thread braid from several patterns
(Cost: $5)
(Booked Place to date: 4)
Lorix (Louisa Lyppard de Cattone du Lac) Sun AM
Basics of Rapier (Rapier)
Don Aylwin will give pointers and discussion on stance, attacks, parries etc.
Don Aylwin Greymane Sat AM
Beginner's Lampworking  (A&S)
A 2 hour, hands on session learning to make glass beads. Learn how to make a round bead, apply dots and pull stringer, and hear some of the history of the art form. Hands on participants will be limited  but observers are welcome. Please wear non flammable material, without flowing sleeves, and tie back long hair. Closed shoes should be worn. Observers should bring a pair of sunglasses to use as safety glasses (participants will have glasses supplied).
Limited Numbers: 8
Cost for Materials: $5  
(Booked Place to date: 8; CLASS FULL)
Arganhell merch Briauc Sat AM

*NB. TIME CHANGE.*
Cooking 1: 15th Century Italian Food: Pasta without Tomatoes
This class will intorduce you to some of the dishes the Italians were eating in the fifteenth century - including medieval pasta. As part of the class we will be cooking lunch for the other attendees, so this will also be a good opportunity to get a simple introduction to feast cooking. Please book for this class: NOTE: This class is now starting earlier.
(Booked Place to date: 4)
Angharad Sat AM
Cooking 2: Mediaeval Desserts (A&S)
Everybody loves dessert - but did they really have it in the Middle Ages? In this class we will talk a little about dessert and how it came about, and cook soem delicious sweet dishes as well. Please book for this class, so ingrediants can be organised. Cost for materials: $2. (Booked Places to date:7 ) Bookings closed.
Angharad Sun AM
Dagger Work (Rapier)
This class will cover: Offensive angles, defensive angles, Holding the dagger for maximum effect, Engarde with a dagger, Givign an invitation, Taking the blade, What to do when blade is controlled, Effective parrying with a dagger, Q&A.
Juliana de Northwood Sat PM
Designing a Personal Device (Heraldry)

Currently heraldic submissions are free for this calendar year in Lochac. This provides an ideal opportunity for people who have yet to register a personal device, and who would like to do so, to produce a submission. I will briefly go through the basics of designing a device and pointing out some of the things to encourage and some of those to avoid. We will have a quick look at some aspects of the SCA’s Rules of Submission and the processes that a device submission goes through before it is finally approved. If time allows we can have a look at individual’s current thoughts about their device.
(Booked Place to date: 2)

William Forrester de Blacwode. Sat AM
Drop Spindle Spinning (A&S)
Bring your own spindle and wool, or purchase an 'Alex the Potter' whorl spindle and 30g of wool ($10).(Limited numbers available for purchase).
(Booked Place to date: 5)

Juliana de Northwood
Sat PM
Glassy Glassness of Glassitude. - Glass Blowing in Ancient Times (A&S)
Unfortunately, this class has been cancelled due to work committments.

Playing the Harp. (A&S)
If you are interested in learning to play the harp and are interested in this class, please contact the Event Steward. 
You will need to bring your own harp. (Booked Place to date: 2)
Arian of Shadowvale Sun PM tbc
Italian Rapier Fundamentals - Gaining the Sword (Rapier - Guild of Defence)
Fabris, Giganti, Capoferro and the successive authros of the Italian Rapier system all describe the gain ofthe sword as the most findamental skill required for keeping onself alive in the fight. Without mastering this skill it is impossible to fence in a trude Italian rapier style, as all actions build upon the gain of the sword. We will be learnign how to form the correct guard and how to successfully gain the sword, laying the foundation for the individual's exploration of the Italian Rapier system.  Equipment required: rapier, mask or helm, dagger (optional).
Guildmaster ibn Jelal Sat AM
Limning (cancelled).
However, if you are interested in doing Limning, please contact Mistress Leofwynn, as she can organise a local class during regualar Scribes Workshops in Innilgard. These are held 2-3 times per month.


Making A Leather Rainguard for a cross hilted sword (Rapier)

There are a number of surviving period cross hilted-swords that retain a thick leather wrapping around the ricasso (the part of the blade immediately in front of the quillons). While the origin interpretation of these leather wrappings was that they are to stop rain entering the scabbard, this explanation seems inherently unlikely and a more convincing explanation for this leather attachment has come from a number of German historical fencers. They have argued that the “rain-guard” is actually a means of deflecting sword blows from the thumb of the right hand which otherwise is vulnerable to attacks. My experience with a rain-guard on a two-handed long-sword is consistent with this suggestion. As Cut and Thrust fencers often find themselves suffering unpleasant blows to the thumb when fighting vigorously using cross-hilted swords we will explore ways of making these simply attachments and I will demonstrate my current technique for constructing a “rain-guard”.

William Forrester de Blackwode Sat PM
Manciolino's Movement System (Rapier - Guild of Defence)
Manciolino's fencing treatise of 1531 shows a systematic approach to the art of fencing and a large part of that art depends on the use of the feet to deliver or evade the blow, control distance and confuse the enemy. We'll be exploring how Manciolino uses footwork to both control and change the dynamics of the fight. This class is not intended to serve any particular rule set, and would be appropriate for use on the rapier field, the C&T field or armoured combat field. Equipment required: sword (preferably 94cm (37") blade or shorter (longer blade is workable)/ mask or helm/ bucler or rotella
Guildmaster ibn Jelal Sat AM
Preparing Panels for Egg Tempera Painting. (A&S)
Participants will learn how to make gesso from whiting and rabbit skin glue / edible gelatine and how to gesso a panel for painting. Wood panel and gesso materials provided, however particpants need to bring their own brushes (either a 1" house paint brush or a small gesso brush) I'll also discuss some of the special techiques for embellishing the gesso, such as moulding and carving. You do not have to do this class to do the egg tempera painting, as prepared panels will be available.  
(Booked Place to date: 7
)
Antonia di Lorenzo Sat PM
Panel painting in egg tempera:  (A&S)
participants will learn how to prepare egg tempera and the basic painting techniques.There will be a choice of painting either a sampler (suggested for beginner painters), or a simple medieval Italian style icon.Gessoed panels and all paint materials will be provided, however
particpants need to bring their own brushes: soft, round brushes in size 2, size 0, and size 3/0
Costs: Panels will be available (limited numbers).  Starter sets of pigments will also be available to purchase after the class ($41 containing  a collection of 12 plus pigments).
NB: price change due to increase of sample sizes and number of colours. Notes are available on CD for $1.
(Class Limit: 10 students)
  (Booked Place to date: 7)
Antonia di Lorenzo Sun AM
Pottery: Making a Pottery Bowl (A&S)
Hand building with clay. There will most likely be a follow up of your work, in the afternoon. For safety reasons, it is recommended that your Tetanus shot is up-to-date.
(Booked Place to date: 6)
Madelaine de Bourgogne Sat AM
Pottery:  Sprig Moulds. (A&S)
Making pottery Moulds. You may need to supply empty, plastic yoghurt containers (no lids) and soft soap.
(Booked Place to date: 1-5?)
Madelaine de Bourgogne Sun AM
A Quest (Intrigue)
Something dark and decieptful is unfolding in Innilgard. Can you find the clues and foil the plot? A quest exploring the Babington plot and Elizabethan cryptography. Will take place across the day, but with a maximum of 30 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants will need their own pen and paper.
(Class limit 30: Booked to date: 4 )
Iseldis of Winchester Sat  9am-3pm
Rapier Prizes (Rapier)
The Lochac Guild of Defence will be will be holding prizes on the Sunday morning 9-1pm. If you are interested in fighting your prize, please contact Don Aylwin. We currently have the following prizes confirmed: Josh, Tobias, Yeven, Tone and Edine.
Sun
9 am -12 noon
Sewing Fur (A&S) - sorry, this class has been cancelled.
both fake and real fur.
16th Century tailoring techniques based on extant clothing found in Florence and Pisa. (A&S)
Discussion and examples of experimental recreations (practicle, if requested) of the construction and sewing used in the Red velvet Dress (Pisa), Eleanora's burial dress and the middle class linen/wool dress (also found in Pisa), following my trip to the Costume Colloquium in Florence. If time, we can discuss cappotto (Don Garzia's burial cloak). This will follow on from a class on Patterns, at Suth Moot 2.
(Booked to date: 4)
Katerina da Brescia Sat PM
Tablet Woven Edges  - sorry, this class has been cancelled 

Thread Covered/Woven Buttons (A&S)
These buttons are made with a wooden bead base, using threads to cover them. Examples can be found on extant clothing, particularly of the 16th century.
If you want to make buttons on the day: You will need some wooden beads (approx 10-12mm in diameter) and silk or linen embroidery thread, or cotton crochet thread, a large eyed needle.
(Booked to date: 6)
Katerina da Brescia Sun PM
EXTRAS:
Rapier "How to" (Rapier)
based on Segno diagram : http://webpages.charter.net/kenelson/  These sessions will look at Stance, Balance, Power delivery, Range, Timing and effects a swinging sword has on balance and is a structured intoduction for rapier fighters wanting to get into heavy fighting.
This is tentatively offered as a filler if the rapier prizes finish early
Everard Sun AM
tentative


updated 30/09/10