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The mid realm is one of the kingdoms that have given a Laurel for archery (as opposed to bow making). So there is not the impossibility of recognition there. But the giving the recognition depends not only on evaluations of research, crafting, and teaching, but also enough members of the order knowing the canidate to evaluate him. Then the order can only advise the Crown. I have two former associates that deserved to be recognized as Laurels for crossbow making, but the stars did not align. One of them has continued; the other we lost to the Society.
From: James Koch <alchem@...>;
Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: What is Period Archery.
Sent: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 7:02:51 PM
>My take on this is that Knighthoods are given for martial arts and
Laurels are awarded traditionally for non-martial arts. Archery
being a martial art falls in a gray area. Most Laurels around here
are women, while all of the bowyers Of whom I am aware are men.
>A good example here in the Midrealm is Merlin. He designs and makes
his own tools, drys his own bow staves, planes shafts , and cuts
fletch from Turkey feathers brought to him by hunters. He also
enters A&S competitions and teaches hands on bow making
classes. Then he goes out and shoots the equipment he has made at
SCA period targets he has painted. If he was making his own
needles, weaving cloth, sewing it into SCA period clothing, & etc...
He'd have been awarded a Laurel years ago.
>The discussion of laurels or not inspecting archery gear as period
>accurate brings up a very interesting question/issue. I also am of
>the belief that the average laurel is not capable of inspecting
>archery gear for safety. i.e. A friend made a fine Viking bolt case
>he entered in an A&S. He put some of his bolts which he used
>regularly in the case for effect. The "judge" spent more time
>evaluating his bolts than the case which was the entry! But the
>larger issue is there are very few if any archery laurels. Have not
>folks on this list admitted to making their own arrows, bows,
>quivers, arm guards, etc? Do these things not fall into the area of
>A&S? Personally I do not believe, though it seems the standard,
>that the ONL path to becoming a laurel is skill in either fiber or
>illumination/calligraphy. I know o f one individual who was made a
>laurel for his tent making skills. Yes, I know, fiber, but
>still. Perhaps as archers we need to push our respective laurel
>communities to learn that a great deal of what we do as archers,
>particularly those of us striving for a more period accurate
>rendition of our personas, are doing things that clearly fall within
>the area of A&S and thereby laureldom. This will take time, but
>once we have a few archery laurels things will expand.
Jim Koch "Gladius The Alchemist"