This Schola event is being held at Stony Brook University, in Room 169 at the Student Activities Center (SAC) between 10am and 4pm on April 22, 2023. Contact Vetra Trys Kaukoles with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scroll all the way to the bottom of this page for the class schedule!
KNOTWORK FOR BEGINNERS, by Nico da Palermo
Would you like to learn a quick and easy technique for adding knotwork to your illumination? Then you’ve come to the right place. This class teaches step-by-step how to lay out and draw knotwork using a grid pattern. Once you’ve learned the technique you can start applying knotwork to every piece of scrap paper around you, and occasionally to your scrolls as well. 30 minutes.
HAND DRAFTING FOR SCRIBES, by Nico da Palermo
I know: crooked lines and uneven spacing are perfectly period. But a clean design with straight lines looks better, an learning to use basic tools for hand drafting is a good way to accomplish that.
This class will teach you which tools you need and how to use them to prepare your layouts. It will cover basic techniques for using a T-square, triangles, compasses, stencils, and the Holy Grail of drafting tools: The Ames Lettering Guide, as well as various and sundry other items.
Please bring any drafting tools you have. I’ll bring tools to teach with, but the more tools people bring, the less they have to wait to share mine. 1 hour with hands-on instruction.
BASIC SOOTHSAYING, by Siiri Rannast
This class will entail; basic history of soothsaying, overview of the different types of soothsaying, and a demonstration of a reading if people are open to the idea.
BUILD YOUR OWN VIKING CHEST, by Michel Biornson of the Isles
Is the smell of sawdust just what you need in the morning? Do you need more ways to store your trinkets and valuables? Then join us in preparing for journeys across the seas by building your own (small) viking sea chest! We’ll be going over some of the history of our humble chest and constructing small ones for everyone to take home. This is an interactive hands-on class where participants will get to make their own small Viking chest. The class will be limited to 8 participants and has a materials fee of $15.
Link to blog post: https://wanderingbear.blog/2023/04/21/make-your-own-sea-chest-schola-2023/
SEASHELL AND AMBER CARVING AN INTRODUCTION, by Eanraig the Bonesetter
This class will be a primer on carving seashells into useful items, tools of the trade, and techniques used by both medieval craftsmen and Native Americans (the Skraeling). An overview of use of the tools and polishing techniques will be presented, with a hands-on approach. Amber, a softer material, will be the second part of the class, and all participants will leave with the starting of their own amber bead. NO FEE for materials. We will be working with black amber, and examples of baltic amber will be available for comparison. Seashells will be provided, courtesy of my aquatic habits.
BEGINNER ORIGAMI, by Hugoline the Delicate
Learn the basics of origami as you make simple designs like foxes and swans. This class is for beginners and is accessible to students of all ages. Class size 12. 1 hour.
WIRE WRAP RINGS, by Hugoline the Delicate
Learn the basics of how to make a wire-wrap ring similar to the ones found at the Birka site. Participants will each have the opportunity to make their own ring. Class size 8. 1 hour.
INTRODUCTION TO MEADMAKING by Fiona the Volatile
Are you interested in making mead but unsure of where to start? In this class we will go over the necessary equipment, and the nice to have but not necessary stuff. We will learn brewing vocabulary, and the brewing process. Finally I will share a few simple recipes, and some great sources for more information. 1 hour.
Link to slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/13AgXiIeyo8SP_C73c4kbCJw1vHp5cXqkn11ZI9TiTiI/edit?usp=sharing
LET’S TALK ABOUT SILK, by Michele the Ubiquitous
Ever wonder what the difference is between wild silk and cultivated silk?
What is raw silk? What dupioni is?
What is organzine vs tram?
This class will attempt to demystify all the terminology, by passing around samples in various stages of production, so attendees can look, touch and feel. Microscopes will be available for use. Please bring questions and samples for discussion.
Link to bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ud6yYKCdK5zlVm_LP1iOlHmvKow_7lEm/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=116719305571715652502&rtpof=true&sd=true
INTRO TO CADELS, by Vettorio Antonello
Did you enjoy doodling fancy letter in the margins of your notebook in school? Did you enjoy adding unnecessary, and often confusing, extra lines when writing cursive? Well then Cadels may be for you! Come learn how to make confusing and unnecessary lines in a period way with Vettorio!
MY WARRIOR CAN KICK YOUR WARRIOR’S A**, by Vladimir Bathory and Andrea Noelle
Join us for an appreciation of cinematic clips of 8+ medieval/fantasy sword fighters ‘cleverly disguised’ as a debate class. 8 combatants are selected (Robin Hood, King Arthur, Aragon, etc) and with a single elimination format, fights are shown, we debate who would win, then vote on who advances, until The Ultimate Warrior stands victorious! 1 hour.
THE MEDIEVAL TABLE: FORKING IN THE MEDIEVAL WORLD, by Khalil bin Nawfal
Would you have been forking some grouse, spooning your pot au feu or poking some pheasant? When was the fork invented? When was it brought to Europe? Does your feast gear match you persona? Take a journey through the history of eating utensils and learn what your persona would have eaten with.
Link to slides: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1psTMBlylA4A1FQDov9L-y08-7wtcK0N-/view?pli=1
INTRO TO PERIOD GAMING, by Fearghus mac Cailin
Attention gamers! Join Baron Fearghus mac Cailin for an introduction to period board games, where he will discuss a brief history of games and will teach you how to play a handful of fun period games. We will discuss 3 in a row games (ROTA), draughts games (alquerque), mills games (nine men’s morris), and race games (royal game of UR). This class is meant for beginners interested in period gaming. There will be handouts that can be printed and played.
BEGINNERS GUIDE TO MAILLE CONSTRUCTION, by Robert D’Whitmont
Tools and supplies provided for an introduction to period chain maille construction.
INTRO TO SOAPSTONE CARVING, by Jean Xavier Boullier
Jean Xavier will demonstrate soapstone carving during the day, but not on a strict schedule.