West Coast Hammer In
First, a disclaimer. While this is slightly OOP and OT, and while this is
not an SCA-sanctioned event, I thought it would be of interest to the good
Gentles and Ladies of this list to know that the Salinas Swordsman and
Darkmoor Armoury are hosting the Second Annual West Coast Hammer-In in
Salinas (about 2 hrs south of San Francisco) during the weekend of September
14-15. If my posting this non-SCA event on an SCA list is inappropriate,
then I apologize.
The purpose of this event is to have people who share a common love of
making armour come together to pound steel, share tips and techniques, and
maybe even teach a class or two to educate the rest of us hammer-jockies.
Last year, we had several local people attend, as well as a gentleman from
Oregon and one from Utah.
The Hammer-In will start around noon on Saturday and end around 7 p.m.
Sunday. You are encouraged to bring a tent and stay over with the rest of
us Saturday night. We'll be camping out behind our castle, which you can
see at the URL below. We'll start armouring around noon or so, and make
noise until dark. Sometime in the afternoon, we'll be barbequing some
animal flesh and in the evening we'll be sitting around a bonfire, having a
few drinks and telling lies to each other ;-) Sunday we'll do more of the
same until around 7 p.m. when we start cleaning up. You're welcome to come
and go anytime you like during the festivities.
Our shop is pretty well stocked in terms of tools and mild steel, but if you
plan on working with leather, stainless steel, or buckles, we recommend that
you bring your own supplies like that. You shouldn't need to bring many
tools with you since we have a Beverly B2, B3, MIG welder, grinders, gloves,
ear protection, and about 50 hammers, (plus a ton of other stuff) but if
you've got a specialized tool you want to bring, by all means bring it!
The cost for this event is...well...free. I'm not sure how many people from
this list are interested in coming, but if there end up being more than
10-15 people, then we may end up asking for help in the form of food, beer,
or maybe a couple bucks from attendees.
This event is pretty informal in that we don't have much of a set schedule
for anything. I'm working on trying to get a few people out here to teach
things like acid etching, cuir boille armour, and stuff like that there. If
anyone has a useful armour-related craft they think we'd be interested in
learning, please feel free to email me at prince@... and we
can work something out! Also, if you'd like to get some fighting in, or
even try fighting with an entirely different combat system (our group's),
then feel free to bring your gear.
I look forward to hearing from folks interested in attending. To RSVP,
please contact me at the address above and let me know what day you plan on
arriving and how many other people you're bringing, if any. Thanks.
Prince of Darkmoor
http://www.castledarkmoor.com - our group's webpage
http://www.darkmoorarmoury.com - Darkmoor Armoury