Hartwood Spring TUTR


Hosted by Device of Hartwood

The Shire of Hartwood (Nanaimo, Campbell River, Courtenay, Port Alberni, BC )

Event Summary

Event Main Contact (Event Steward): Cunegonda
Date: April 30 , 2016 until May, 1 2016
Site opens at: 12:00 AM on April 30th 2016
Site closes at: 12:00 AM on May 1th 2016

Event site:
136 RCSCC Amphion
750 5th St Naniamo, BC V9R 7B4

Hartwood will once again be hosting it’s annual educational event,
the Spring Session of The University of Tir Righ. In addition to
several classes there will be a potluck revel on Saturday, a
competition for our Craftsman Champion, and a pancake breakfast
Sunday morning. Students may avail themselves of the Hartwood Inn
by staying over Friday and/or Saturday night on site; ferry
pick-ups are available upon request.

Event Team:

Event Steward: Cunegonda of Hartwood | moc.liamg@vynnacnu | (250)
898 – 8781

Class Organizer: Symonne du Bois


9pm Friday, April 29th through Sunday, May 1st. 

Note that there are no activities on the Friday night; we’re simply
permitted to stay overnight in the hall.


136 RCSC Amphion

750 Fifth St, 


Registration Fee is $25 per adult for the weekend; there is a $5
discount with proof of SCA membership.

Youth 18 and under are free. (Class fees still apply)

Revel Only: $15; $5 discount with proof of SCA

Instructors who take no classes will be offered a further discount
of $10.

The Inn suggests a $5 donation; proceeds will help offset
instructor’s travelling costs.

The pancake breakfast Sunday morning will be $5.

Individual classes will have fees based on cost of

The Classes:

Registration opens Tuesday, April 5th at noon and closes April
23rd, noon. Pre-registration is mandatory for all classes. Payment
instructions are on the registration page.

To Register, please go to:

Classes include:

  • Sugar Paste

  • Sprang Basics: Make a Bag

  • SCA Sponsorship: Helping New People to Acclimatize

  • Introduction to Plate Armouring — a full weekend!

  • Assisi Void Work in Long Arm Cross Stitch

  • Writing Runes

  • Chivalry & Courtesy

  • Have Your Cake & Paint It too

  • Making Your Own Set of Runes

  • Cording: Various Techniques

  • Period Pasta

  • Medieval Poetry

  • Ruffled Veils

  • Target Archery Marshalling

  • Reading Runes

  • Practical Field Heraldry

  • Introduction to Pewter

  • Drop Spindle for Beginners

The Coachmen, the Revel, and the Inn:

Hartwood has several coachmen who have volunteered to pick walk-ons
off the Ferry, which is very near. To arrange a pick-up, please
contact Cunegonda.

Classes end at 6pm; the Potluck dinner will begin somewhere around
6:30pm. We do have a full kitchen, but it will be in use for
classes straight up to 6pm, and therefor off limits until then; if
you are cooking, there will be plugs available for crock

Non-students are welcome to attend the Revel and even stay over at
the Inn. In addition to good conversation, we hope to have music,
dancing, and much laughter. The Seneschal will interrupt at some
point to invest the newest of the Seneschal’s Guard, the Craftsman

There will be some quieter rooms available if you’re an early
sleeper; if you need privacy (as opposed to the common room), know
that instructors get priority. Please contact Cunegonda for further
information. Those availing themselves of the Inn are asked for a
small donation to help offset the costs of travelling

The Inn will cook up a $5 pancake breafast Sunday Morning,
available from 8am – 9am, when classes begin again for the day.
Coffee and Tea will be available. Anyone may come for breakfast,
not simply those who stayed overnight.

The Championship:

Hartwood is looking to add another member to the Seneschal’s Guard;
the Craftsman Champion. This individual is to present a crafted
item that demonstrates skill and an apprecation for both function
and form. We ask competitors to contact Cunegonda with their intent
by April 23rd, so she may schedule presentations with

Competitors will be asked to fill out the very basic documentation,
created by Ariel de Courtenay and found at:

They will undergo an oral presentation with the Judges in the
evening. If this timing is an issue, contact Cunegonda and we will
arrange an earlier meeting.

The judging criteria, as written by Mistress Cecille de Beumund, is
as follows:

Craftsman: /30

Written Documentation: /5

Entrant answered the five questions clearly. Full points will be
given for either a) giving very full answers to each question or,
b) looking at the questions from more than one angle. (ie. Culture:
What culture would have used this item? Who in this culture would
have used / made this item? Are they different? Does that affect
the use of purpose of the item?)

Oral Documentation: /5

Entrant presented item in a clear, organized manner either by
memory or with quick ability to produce answers from materials
brought to moderate depth questions.

Authenticity: /5

Entrant has demonstrated that the item could have been made and
been used during a particular culture and time between 500 – 1600
CE. Materials and techniques used to make item are appropriate or
good substitutions for ones that would have been found in

Technical Ability: /5

Entrant has displayed good knowledge and control of techniques
needed to create the piece. Work is well executed for the style of
item presented. (ie. rough hand-woodworking does not look overly
smooth and machine finished, embroidery doe snot look uneven and

Complexity: /5

This category covers a range: process(es) to create the item took
much time; much skill or skill development was needed to make the
item; item required many techniques; item required working with
many different elements; item was difficult to

Judges Bonus Points: /5 (Judges must give reason for each

Suggested reasons: translation required for study of item; made own
tools / fabrics / etc; did original research; did original pattern;
entrant went above and beyond requirements because of ________,

It is my sincerest hope that craftsmen of all levels of experience
will feel comfortable in entering.

The Merchants:

There will be some merchant tables in the common room. If anyone
would like a table themselves, please contact Cunegonda. There is
no merchanting fee. Thus far we have Lady Freydis (her fruit
leather makes coin fly from my purse), HL Doireann and her lovely
nalbinding needles (they fit so well in the hand!), and Lady
Katerina of Skye with a variety of goods that catch the

Local Amenities:

10 minutes from the Duke Point Ferry, in the heart of Nanaimo and
very near Vancouver Island University, there are a multitude of
shops and hotels in the area.  I will update with specifics in


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