Class Repertoire

These are classes that I can prepare and teach with 2 weeks’ notice (and would be happy to do so!).

Baltic Studies

Introduction to Tribal Baltic Persona Development (1 hour) (handout)

  • This class focuses on the pre-state Balts from a re-enactor’s POV and deals extensively with persona and personal presentation topics.

The Last Pagans in Europe: The Baltic Tribes Before 1400 (1 hour)

  • This class covers the same territory as above, but with a strictly historical/archaeological treatment.

Iron Age Northern European Extant and Reconstruction Undergarments (1 hour)

Interpreting Museum Garment Reconstructions for SCA Purposes (1 or 2 hour)

Period Cooking and Food Culture

Introduction to Recipe Redacting (1 or 2 hour)

  • This is a HANDS-ON class. Participants will leave with a recipe ready to prepare in their own kitchen.

Starter manuscripts (1 or 2 hour)

  • Introduction to a selection of 3-5 manuscripts from a variety of cultures, readily available in English on the Internet, with abundant recipes accessible to the modern palate, good for building one’s first luncheon, feast, or encampment meal plan.

The spice market (1 hour)

  • Hands-on exploration of spices no longer used in Western cooking, but heavily used in period, and now used in Asian and Middle Eastern cooking and reliably available from ethnic grocers. Attendees will handle and taste spices both loose and in period dishes.

Weird Meat! (1 hour for overview format, half day or full day for comprehensive format) (handout)

  • Access to a kitchen is required for this class. Half-day and full-day versions of the class include cooking dishes from start to finish.
  • Successfully cooking and serving seafood, game, specialty meat and poultry, and other delicacies to an SCA audience. This is mainly a mundane cooking technique class (if you’ve only ever roasted a chicken, what do you need to know before roasting a duck?) with medieval references and context. Tasting platters will be provided, no materials charge but donations gratefully accepted.

Weird Vegetables! (1 hour for overview format, half day or full day for comprehensive format)

  • Access to a kitchen is required for this class. Half-day and full-day versions of the class include cooking dishes from start to finish.
  • Successfully cooking and serving vegetables common in period to an SCA audience. This is mainly a mundane cooking technique class (what do you do with white-flowered gourd, and where do you find it?) with medieval references and context. Tasting platters will be provided, no materials charge but donations gratefully accepted.

Textiles and Costuming

Drop-Spinning Silk Even If You’ve Never Done Drop-Spinning Before! (1 hour)

  • This is a HANDS-ON class. There may be a fee.

Indian Block Printing: The Fustat Textiles (1 hour, 2 hours, or half-day)

  • This is a HANDS-ON class. Participants will be encouraged to bring an item to be printed. For half-day versions of the class, participants will have the opportunity to carve a printing block which they will be able to take home. There will be a class fee for the half-day version only.

Period Patterns (1 hour, 2 hours, or half-day)

  • This is a HANDS-ON class. At the end of this class, each participant will take home 1-3 ready-to-use muslin patterns. Participation will be limited and there may be a fee.
  • It is a general-interest class but can be narrowed to specific time/place topics, as long as appropriate primary sources exist.  This class was taught as “Patterning the Fashions of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella” at Something Yummier III, a Spanish-interest collegium hosted by the Shire of Windkeep, Kingdom of the Outlands, on April 20, 2011.

Other

Using Public Library Resources in SCA research (1 or 2 hours) (handout)

  • Participants will be encouraged to bring a specific research question. Internet access is required.

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