> Thank you very much for the links. I've been trying to develop an early period
> (11th or 12th cent.) persona. I'm looking at doing a Russian-Viking sort of
> thing from Novgorod and this info will help immensely. Can anyone recommend any
> books or links on early Novgorod?
May I recommend _Wooden Artefacts from Medieval Novgorod_?
Kolchin, Boris Aleksandrovich.
Wooden artefacts from medieval Novgorod
Oxford, England : B.A.R., 1989. ISBN: 0860546357
BTW, someone remind me to take some kind of picture of my first attempt to
imitate the painted wooden spoons from this book, and put it on the web.
I have to do some more research; one of the judges in the A&S contest I
entered it in claimed in her judges' notes that it should be lacquer
rather than paint, but the book does not say, and unfortunately, the judge
did not give me a reference to follow up on the use of lacquer in early
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