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 As an educational organization one of our most important endeavors is  the research and use of arts and technologies that were used in our  period of study. Every member is encouraged to engage in some manner of  craft or study that furthers their understanding of the medieval era and this hopefully can be shared with the wider populous to enable our  recreation to be more enjoyable and interesting. As such period  materials and techniques are looked with great admiration, although we  being modern people used to modern tools and materials will on occasion  resort to less authentic methods if our time, skill, or resources does  not permit. For example materials now known to be hazardous would not be utilized in projects.

 We are delighted here to show some of the results of our shire's talented members and we look forward to those  that would join us in their own adventure in understanding the medieval  era.

Projects: Shield

shieldWithin the SCA, combat is a very important aspect of the way our  organization operates. The king and queen are even determined by combat. Large scale battles occur at some of the greater events with many  hundreds of participants. The colours of the heraldry are one of the  most pleasing wonders that occur in the ensuing tests of skill and  chivalry. Every individual is entitled to obtain their own device or  arms that they might display them on their shield or banner or in other  fashions. The arms granted by the Laurel Sovereign of Arms displayed or  emblazoned upon this shield are that of the Shire of Oakford. The  blazon, which is written in the manner that heralds of old would use, is "Argent, four oak leaves conjoined in cross within a laurel wreath  vert, a ford." This is an excellent example of canting arms, meaning  arms that contain a visual pun, where there is an allusion to the oaks  and a ford which is represented in a stylization of three wavy blue  bands. It is proud thing to see a group of fighters carrying the Oakford device into combat.

Project: Bracer

bracerBecause the S.C.A. in its efforts to recreate aspects of the Middle ages has many tournaments and battles it does not mean that we wish to  recreate the dangerous aspects of actual armed combat. Our armour  standards are quite rigorous and we take safety very seriously on and  off the field. This bracer is a fine example of the gear used to achieve that end. It was created by Daniel of Oakford. He assembled it together from bits of leather, a glove and a specially made steel piece that  protects the elbow. Though it is possible to buy such an item from a  vendor many people choose to learn new skills in order to make an item  exactly the way they want or save money. Often these skills have a way  of being needed in normal life when least expected.

Project: Oak leaf

oakleafIn the S.C.A. almost every type of art or craft from our era of study  has been attempted and there are people that are willing to demonstrate  the results or methods. This particle piece was a study piece for a  larger work. It was carved from a limestone known as "Texas Cream." The  tools used, a wooden mallet and chisels, were identical in type to those available to masons of the period.

Project: Flower

flowerThis drawing is a copy of a drawing by Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617).  The use of the pen and ink is a strongly used art in the S.C.A. one of  the absolute wonders is the creation of documents of awards which are  fully illuminated and penned in calligraphy.

Project: Spoon

spoonEveryone has to eat. One of the most enjoyable things about the S.C.A.  are the often extravagant feasts prepared with great care and amazing  attention to detail being based on descriptions and recipes of period  feasts. Such feasts can run to many courses and last several hours and  have food presented of such fine quality and delectable taste that one  is surprised at the excellence of such dishes. Some people are so  interested in food that they even go to such lengths as making  everything from scratch, from beer to cheese. This spoon was a result of a curiosity about how carving such an item might be done.

Project: Goblet

gobletThis elegant goblet was turned on a lathe by Cuilen, he was so  enthralled with the process that he went off to study woodworking with a master woodworker.

Project: Box

boxThis box was built to contain a ladie's stiletto it is surrounded with a curtain of repeating patterns using a technique called intarsis. This  the result of gluing together long pieces of differing woods and thinly  slicing wafers off the resultant block. This type of decorative  treatment was popular during the Renaissance.

Project: Knives

knifeThis knife was a somewhat crude first attempt at making a knife. It  was made from a file ground to shape which was then wielded to the  quillon and pommel. After this the handle or grip of maple was glued  into place. The sheath was made of ash and covered in leather. Such  daggers were often carried by men. Most such daggers were double edged  and were used for many purposes.knifes

knifeThese two knives were a more recent effort and meant for use as feast gear.  They were modeled after some 16th century knives that were found in a  shipwreck.

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