This weekend my family went to Islip for a Regia Anglorum Viking/Saxon/Norman training and craft weekend. For those of you interested in history this is the place where Edward the Confessor was born:) in 1005.
Since I am new to the group, I am still trying to find my Viking "skill". This is not a requirement of the group but I feel like there must be some purpose to me belonging to the group. I have no interest in the fighting part of the group, which my husband enjoys, so I tried a few of the craft session offered.
The first activity I tried along with Princess was authentic painting using egg yolks and dyes. I had never heard of this painting method before but was told that it was used until the mid 1400's
Princess decided to do a free hand drawing...Dragons of course!
I on the other hand chose to do a copy of a picture.
I tried longbow archery. I wasn't too bad; I was in the general direction of the target:)
Next I tried making a wooden spoon with an AXE!!! Yes I still have all my fingers:)
Selecting my piece of wood
Drawing my inner spoon design:)
Yes I really did use this axe to begin cutting out the spoon shape.
Notice my spoon head is not level:( It will be a spoon of unique design:)
Using a tool to cut out the inside of the spoon. This was very hard on the wrist! I have no wrist strength and could only go so deep before needing to take a break. I wasn't able to finish my spoon at this work shop, however I want to see if I can finish my spoon on my own...
My husband took the leather workshop. I was suppose to join him but I got caught up in the making of my spoon:)!
We didn't leave the children behind, they spent 2 glorious days at the village hall park playing with the other children.
Little Man hung out on the zip line, his favorite park apparatus at the moment.
While Princess still enjoys the swings:)
There was of course plenty of Viking combat to watch
My husband in his chain mail armour that he bought at TORM last year.
It is not often I publish a post talking just about what I have done. Photos of me doing various activities are curtsey of my 7 year old son who stopped playing every once in a while to check up on me:) and take photos. I have lots of interesting angles of me doing my crafts most of which I will have to delete:). These were the best ones:).
I am linking up to the Field trip hop