EDITING (Friday 7:00 PM, Room 105) - Are you the next great novel-writer? Want some feedback on a short story? Or are you just brilliant when it comes to semi-colons? Bring a piece to share at the first-ever editing workshop!
SPINNING (Saturday 10:00 AM, Room 105) - Round and round and round the wool, when it stops don’t let it pool...Learn the art of spinning wool into yarn. Back by popular demand. Fee
LUCET (Saturday 1:00 PM, Room 105) - Using a bit of string and a piece of wood that looks a bit like a torture device, learn how to create period-specific rope. A Hickory Arms Fiber Arts Demo.
NALBINDING (Saturday 2:00 PM, Room 105) - Not quite knotting or knitting, nalbinding is the ancient Viking craft of creating mittens. And other fuzzy things. A Hickory Arms Fiber Arts Demo.
FELTING (Saturday 4:00 PM, Room 105) - Yay for fiber and poking things! Needle felting is a dry felting technique for loose wool. Don’t forget to sign up to get the goods to make with the pokings! Fee
BOFFING WEAPON CONSTRUCTION (Saturday 1:00 PM, Room 313) - If you’re going to fight in the Boffing War, you’ll need a weapon! Fee
All are on Saturday. All demonstrations taking place on Seelye Lawn. Rain location: Davis Ballroom.
Medieval Halberd Drill - Learn to be a soldier in a medieval army! Members of the Higgins Armory Sword Guild will demonstrate the use of the halberd, a late-medieval polearm, and then teach participants battlefield drill with the weapon.
Medieval Swordplay: The Short and Long of It - The sword was the weapon par excellence for hundreds of years, and the symbol of nobility and might. During that time its techniques changed dramatically. Watch the Higgins Armory Sword Guild demonstrate authentic swordplay techniques of the Middle Ages, and compare the sword-and-shield system of Europe's earliest fencing treatise--which features a woman fencer--to the subtleties of the fully developed tradition of the knightly longsword.
Pirate Combat - When pirates took to the sea, they expected to have to fight. They used cannon for ship-to-ship combat, but when it came time to board their targets, hand weapons, especially knives and cutlasses, ruled the decks. See the Higgins Armory Sword Guild demonstrate how pirates subdued, defeated, and sometimes killed their victims.
Jedi Lightsaber Techniques of the Sword Masters - Many of the lightsaber techniques we see in the Star Wars movies are based on Japanese katana and European longsword traditions. Watch as the Higgins Armory Sword Guild presents a lightsaber demonstration based on historically accurate longsword techniques used by knights during the Middle Ages. May the Force be with you!
All demonstrations taking place on Seelye Lawn. Rain location: Davis Ballroom.
Introduction to Medieval Swordplay - The basics, footwork, and safety of wielding large pointy things.
Sword Combat - Learn the primary guards and master strikes of sword combat.