Monday, February 22, 2010

A Great Weekend

After an absence of some years I finally set up shop at an SCA event.

Caid's Queen's Champion Archery was just right for my return to the SCA. The event had been rained out from its previous date but the autocrat was gracious enough to accept me for their new date. The only question was the weather.
While southern California is typically pretty dry we've been experiencing some good rains lately. Of course, some of this rain was forecast for the weekend of the event. Saturday had a bit of rain and Sunday wasn't looking too good. But the day dawned fairly clear so the event was on with many a crossed finger. The clouds looked dark and ominous a couple times during the day but not a drop fell on the field and it turned out to be a fantastic day.

I got to meet and deliver arrows and a quiver to a lovely woman who had been corresponding with me via email. Sydney shoots a Martin Stick glass lam longbow, the same bow Fayme uses. I'm pleased to report that she is quite satisfied with both the arrows and her quiver. The quiver was one I made a number of years ago for my own use when I began archery in the SCA. I haven't used it for a long time and I'm happy it's gone on to a new home where it will see the sun and be appreciated.

I got a couple arrow orders from a gentleman who I have made arrows for in the past and holy cow, now he's the King of Caid (just goes to show what can happen when you aren't paying attention). Patrick makes harps and beautiful wood longbows. He's still using the osage bow and yew longbow I made arrows for way back when. It's an honor to make more arrows to set aside his lovely handwork.

I was gratified that so many people remembered me and my work. I just confirmed tonight that I will be at the Robin Hood Tourney on March 14.
I guess the SCA hasn't seen the last of me after all.

The humble Greenman Archery booth. My table cloth isn't much to look at but it's what I do my arrow dyeing on so it seemed appropriate.

We took a few gourds, too.

Some of the bows we had available. The wood bows are not really fancy bows but good servicable bows that fit well with the SCA archery experience.

Some of my mundane friends came along and really enjoyed the day. Due to his experience at the event there is a very good chance that at least one will soon be participating in SCA events.

These two had a great time together. One taught the other about bows and had wood finish information given in return.

Thanks to Fayme for taking all the pictures, I was way too busy.
Does she look happy, or what?

Happy Archery!


Lady Arwen of the Silver Rose said...

Now that we have time to catch our breaths, we will be able to take photos of all the new drums another other things. Stay tuned...

Mike said...

It looks like it was a lot of fun! I'm working up the courage to talk Paige into attending an event. Perhaps we'll be able to join you guys next time!

Guy Taylor said...

Mike, it would be an absolute pleasure to have you and Paige there!
As I mentioned, the next event we'll be at is on March 14 at the Woodley Park archery range. There is a fair chance that a couple others you already know will be there, too.

Iliana said...

What a great day you had there!!! I'm jealous ... :) At least I can follow your narration for the next event on 14th :)