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FW: [ShireofRavenslake] Lochlainn MacGregor Memorial Woodworking Competition

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  • Kyla
    For clarification s sake, I would like to add that items to be entered into the competion may and should be created at home, before BS4. Rose Marian is not
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 4, 2007
      For clarification's sake, I would like to add that items to be entered into the competion may and should be created at home, before BS4.
      Rose Marian is not providing tools or wood, only the challenge. 
      If you choose to work on your project at BS4, please bring your own tools and equipement.
      Kyla Pennywarden
      Ravenslake, Midrealm
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      From: ShireofRavenslake@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ShireofRavenslake@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of masanger@...
      Sent: Friday, June 01, 2007 1:00 PM
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      Subject: [ShireofRavenslake] Lochlainn MacGregor Memorial Woodworking Competition

      Greetings from Rose Marian of Edgewater.

      As many of you may know by now, on May 25th, 2007,
      Laird Lochlainn MacGregor of the Shire of Ravenslake, Middle Kingdom,
      suddenly and unexpectedly left this vale of tears.

      To honor our much missed friend, and remember his life on this earth,
      and with his widow, Marie la Fauconniere' s blessing,
      I am sponsoring :

      "The Lochlainn MacGregor Memorial Woodworking Competition"
      to be held at Border Skirmish 4 on June 23rd, 2007.

      There are two divisions: Youth (under 18) and Adult.

      Lochlainn loved children, and loved to teach them. If you are skilled in
      woodworking, please share that knowledge with the youth of your
      acquaintance so that the mystery and love that is woodworking may be

      Youth entrants should include their age with their entry and whether this
      piece is their first in woodworking.

      Adults inspired to try woodworking for the first time should also indicate
      this fact with their entry, so that the piece may be judged accordingly.
      Lochlainn loved to encourage folks to learn!

      Woodworking was one of Lochlainn's great loves.
      He was particular in certain ways about the things he made.

      Thus this competition will follow his preferences:

      1. Utility - Lochlainn was a very practical man, and anything he made was
      meant to be USED. He had issues with folks who did well researched pieces
      that were too delicate, too small, or too awkward to be used.

      All entries must be a useful item, something someone could use right now.
      It could be anything. Furniture, feast ware/ boxes, toys, etc.
      Wooden articles made to cover more modern niceties qualify for this

      2. Transportability - Lochlainn didn't make pieces to just sit around, he
      made them to travel to events and be used to enhance the SCA experience.
      So he made them transportable, meaning either compact, or useful to store
      other cargo, or able to break down to fit in available cargo space in a

      All entries must be easily transportable. Whether it will fit along with
      other gear (or contain other gear) in the back of a small SUV might be a
      good reference to use for transportable storage space for the entry.

      3. Design and Craftmanship - Lochlainn had issues with works that had poor
      design and shoddy craftmanship.

      All entries should be of a practical design and demonstrate good workmanship.
      A simple design made well may be assessed higher than a complicated
      design executed poorly. Well made joints, if used, count. Finished,
      smooth surfaces count. A cover on a chest or other article that closes
      plumb counts. These are general examples of what the judges will be
      assessing in an entry.

      4. Durability - Lochlainn made pieces to LAST. Anything he made was
      BUILT (and sometimes Overbuilt.) If he didn't feel a period design would
      stand up to the rigors of the Current Middle Ages (regular transportation,
      use in outdoor conditions, etc.), he modified it accordingly (if that
      meant using plywood in the bottom of a chest instead of planks to
      stabilize it and prevent warping, that's what he did.)

      All entries should be made for long use and life (would it survive a major
      weather event, as is sometimes seen at Lilies, or WW, or Pennsic? (or for
      the Northshielders, as seen at Siegfried and Gwyneth's Coronation?) )
      Will it stand up to being sat on by a fighter in armor, or being used as a
      prop in a melee scenario, or being used as a defensive weapon if the
      bearer of the item is attacked? These are some examples of a durable item.

      Questions should be directed to myself at masanger@kwm. sca.org

      Entry forms will be available at the Gate, or from the A&S Coordinator,
      Lady Deonysia of Rye.

      I hope to see many entries in this competition.
      Lochlainn would have liked that.
      My plan is to make this competition an annual part of Border Skirmish.

      I'll look forward to seeing everyone's entries.
      Help honor and remember a good, hardworking, honest man.

      in memoriam,
      Rose Marian

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