Posts Tagged ‘ Encampment ’

SCA Encampment Kitchen Additions – Viking Edition

January 2, 2013
I co-opted an A-frame tent from a friend of mine who isn't camping much anymore to use as a kitchen tent.  Here it is set up with the side raised.

My big project for last year’s season was to begin to put together a better encampment kitchen setup.  I made some good progress and expect to continue to work on it this year.  Here is a gallery of photos showing what we were up to.  I hope you enjoy these pictures.  

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Wooden trenchers

April 19, 2012
Wooden artifacts from the Oseberg finds.  Photo © Cambridge University Press 1979

This week, we started  making wooden trenchers based on ones in the Oseberg grave finds.  I don’t have a lot of information on the extant trenches like size and the type of wood from which they are made.  We are just going off this one picture I was able to find. In the wood shop, we had some nice 5/4 X 9 inch fir boards that were bought for a different project and never used.…

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Putting together the new jurta door

April 10, 2012
And there you have it.  A door!

Last winter, my husband built a new door and frame for the jurta.  The primary requirement was that it would easily break down for transport, unlike the red and black doors,which were transported in one piece.  The construction was inspired by a yurt door design in “Yurta: a Central Asian Nomad’s Hearth and Home”, a video produced as part of a kirghiz yurt exhibit at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego in 1997. In…

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A mystery solved – Tinder tube

April 5, 2012
A mystery solved – Tinder tube

For years, I’ve been puzzling over a picture in the book, “Ancient Hungarians” as it is literally the only picture in the entire book that shows textile fragments.  In the picture, there is a strange metal object; a tube.  It looks unlike any textile tool I’ve ever seen.  Clearly, the authors were as stumped as I for the description of the object is as follows: “Bronze tube bent of sheet metal.  One end tapers slightly,…

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Jurta and encampment

March 27, 2012
The jurta with a new door and roof ring.  The belly band is also new this year having languished in my project pile for years.  It was finished for me in December by a dear friend.

I’m at an SCA event this week where the weather is sunny and gorgeous, something that is somewhat rare where I live. It’s a perfect time to take pictures of my camp. I hope you enjoy this new gallery.

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Jurta Refurbishing–A New Roof Ring

February 6, 2012
roofringassembled.jpg

We haven’t had to do a lot of repairs to the jurta since my husband and I build it in 2000 despite a near catastrophic accident several years ago when the tension band gave out after the yurt was fully set up.  That resulted in a roof ring splitting out and a few broken ties on the jurta walls.  We repaired the roof ring with strapping tape.  Believe it or not, that repair held, ugly…

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A new door for the jurta

December 24, 2011
A new door for the jurta

Edited to add:  The door described in this post is now mounted on the wall of my sewing room.  After eight years, we built a new, new door in 2012. Tourney season is coming up and I really need to stop procrastinating. You see, in September of 2001, as we were coming back from a crown event, my jurta door, which was bungied to the roof rack of my SUV, came loose and went flying.…

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My jurta

December 24, 2011
My jurta

This article was written around 2003.  I’ve had my jurta for 13 years now.  I’ve replaced the door a couple of times, the roof ring once and last year we redid the leather ties that bind the wall together for the first time. For a look at how my  jurta looks now, go here. Being inside a yurt for the first time was a life altering experience for me. Previously, my husband and I had…

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