When we last spoke, I was near completing my chair for my trip to Pennsic. My chair is finished and, as you can tell, it is fully functional.
I still need to create and install the headrest piece. There is no great rush for this so I will take my time and make it how I want it to be. The chair is finished with 3 coats of water-based varnish-finish-stuff. It would have been great too use an oil-based finish and take advantage of the ambering effect but there was not time for it to cure before coming to war. Compromises had to be made in appearance for the sake of functionality.
So, welcome to Pennsic! As I write this, it is the 2nd Saturday of the 2 week event (August 4th). Over yesterday and today, a lot of people are moving in and setting up their camps. As of 9:15pm on Friday, there were 7,575 people in site. It is staggering to me how vast Pennsic is.
I am currently planted in a shady spot enjoying a wonderful breeze. Before me, a lady is embroidering a tunic. My friend Bjorn is completely wiped out from being on the battle field most of the day. Behind me is the Middle Eastern pavilion and they are working on some drumming and singing. Off in the distance, from multiple directions, I hear more drums and some form of string instrument. I can honestly say, I have never experienced anything like this. It is strangely soothing and delightful.
Earlier today I was taken on a tour of the market place. There you jcould buy, well, anything really. Leather work, hand forged iron goods, weapons, armor, tunics, dresses, clocks, footwear and all of the materials and tools to make anything related to life, war and craft of the middle ages. Myself, I bought a belt and a knife for spoon carving (it’s a basic Mora Knife. I believe it is a #1). There is a distinct possibility that a bow and quiver of arrows may follow me home. I have wanted to get into archery for a looooong time and today I learned that there is a shoot not far from my home every Sunday. My friend Kristie will be starting to attend regularly with her son plus my girls are interested as well so… Yeah, it is meant to be.
Tonight, our resident Bard/Herald/Laurel, Hector, is hosting a feast. There are 70lbs of lamb roasting over flames in camp so methinks we will be eating well tonight. I will write more later.