Alfredo De Santis
is a technical
computer specialist originally from the region of Abruzzo in Italy. He
currently shares the stewardship of a flock of Shetland sheep with his
wife Caitrin. Alfredo D'Courci is a diplomate to the Court of Henry
VIII from the Italian Kingdom of Napoli.
Class: Shetland Sheep
owns Silver Writing, which offers writing and editing services to
a variety of businesses in the Ottawa area and Europe.
, she is known as Thora
a farm girl who moved to Jorvik with her husband. After he became too
ill to work, she took over his stone and bone carving business.
In the SCA, Anne le gris
was born in 1452 at Wilton House in
Somerset. After spending her formative years in Paris, she now lives
with her artist husband in Venice. She fills her days with managing his
atelier. Among other SCA projects, Anne is currently studying modal
Class: Literacy in Western Europe
is a new daddy
who spends his days working to support his family, when he isn't
researching medieval Japanese culture. In the SCA, Yoshikuri Nagayori
is a samurai from the Mutsu province in northern Japan circa 1580. At
that time the province was under the control of the daimyo Date
Masamune, a Tokugawa supporter.
Classes: Europeans in Japan Japanese Food History Japanese History from 794-1543 Japanese History from 1543-1605 Mongol Invasions Ninja and Warrior Monks
Caitrin Ollerhead DeSantis
is known in the SCA as Countess, Viscountess, Mistress, Tangwystl
d'Courci. Caitrin and her husband Alfredo live on a 20 acre farm where
they raise Shetland sheep, gaited horses and peacocks - all watched
over by an Abruzzi sheepdog named Milton.
Classes: Portraits and Clothing Design Shetland Sheep
stay-at-home mom to two daughters, born in 1997, and 2002. Most of her
time when not looking after the children is spend doing mundane
embroidery projects, gardening, cycling, playing various musical
instruments, and working on her web site. Lady Dwynwen
and raised in Wales, but found that life there was not all she wished.
She left home at a young age and traveled to the fair lands of
Ealdormere where she made her home in the Barony of Septentria where
she helped to found the incipient Canton of Greenhithe. While traveling
in the shires of Ealdormere, far from her home she met Lord Angus
MacDonnell, whom she did marry. They moved from Septentria to the lands
of the Barony of Ramshaven.
Class: Children's Interactive Activities
worked as a consultant to major museums in the field of Living History.
His major achievents include the creation of the 'Norse Encampment' for
Parks Canada and the 'World of the Norse' for the Cranbrook Institute
of Science. Darrell has worked on the Smithsonian's 'Vikings - North
Atlantic Saga' and the Newfoundland Museum's 'Full Circle - First
Contact'. He is a co-founder of the Dark Ages Re-creation Company
. A professional blacksmith, he operates the Wareham Forge
. In DARC, Darrell is known as Ketill Einarsson
Ketill, like many young Norse men from Norway, went 'a viking', and was
involved in the battles in Ireland. He was fascinated with the work of
the weapons smiths, and learned how to work iron, spending more and
more time in the forge - and less and less on the battlefield. In his
middle age, he decided to settle near Dubhlin with his wife Bera,
spending his hard earned silver on a small farmstead. He now balances
his work as a blacksmith with seasonal trading voyages to Jorvick and
Class: Iron Smelting - a Practical Guide
is a technical writer, who spends most of his spare time hunting down information on Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages. Pan Volodymyr Blahuciak Esquire
is a 13th -14th century Halician nobleman. Known for his esoteric
knowledge and research, he is currently researching the history of the
borderlands, now currently known as Ukraine.
Classes: Ukrainian Clothing from 1400-1600 Ukrainian Names and Heraldy
chemical engineer who somehow found his way into dancing in the SCA.
Thus, Darius the Dancer was born. I have continued to study and to
teach dance in the SCA for approximately 10 years, and consider myself
at an intermediate level in my research. My main goal has always been
to bring dance knowledge to the masses, and to introduce it in such a
way as to be fun and easy to follow for all who are willing to give it
Class: Renaissance Era Dance
is a house dad, and loving every
minute of it. In the SCA, Albrecht Stampfer
is a German of noble birth,
who, having fallen on hard times, has taken up the trade of fencing teacher.
He has moved to England in order to take advantage of....um... help encourage,
interest in the new fangled rapier fight.
Classes: Introduction to the Cut-and-Thrust Swordplay of the 15th and 16th Centuries Pirates of the Elizabethan Era
is a writer
and actress living in Waterloo, Ontario. She has travelled extensively
and studied at The American University in Washington, DC and the Czech
National Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. In the SCA, Wencenedl of Rokesburg
is a 12th Century Scotswoman from the Royal City of Rokesburg in the
Borders during the reign of David I. Her father felt it was important
she know how to read, so she was tutored by monks from Kelso Abbey just
across the Teviot River.
Classes: 12th century Clothing Styles 12th century Dress Accessories 12th century Hair Styles
is a Kitchener grandfather working for Ontario Hydro and has been with the SCA for many many years. Garwig der Waffenschmidt
was born in Sussex, England just before the turn of the 10th
century. Orphaned in his fourth year he was apprenticed to
a local smith from whom he learned the basics of
metalworking. Caught up by a call to battle from the local
thegn, he perforce learned the art of repair and manufacture of armour
- specifically chainmail. For his skill he soon acquired
the title of "der waffenschmidt" - weapon or armour smith.
Class: Building a Viking Ship Model
Gary van Lingen
is presently a
PhD student in the geography department at Syracuse University
(Syracuse, NY). His is focusing on heritage tourism and heritage
production in de-industrializing communities and the presentation of
the past as a political tool of the present. To amuse himself, he works
on historical epidemiology (plague/syphilis in mediaeval Europe), the
neo-mediaevalism, and the politics of public space. He has two BAs:
mediaeval history (UWaterloo) and archaeology/geography (WLU). His
MSc (Michigan Technological) is in industrial archaeology where he
looked at community development on industrial frontiers (US, Canada,
UK) and the history of technology (copper and iron smelting in
Classes: Black Death Medieval Experience of Leprosy Political Uses of Medieval History
is an undergraduate an Wilfrid Laurier and recently became a new mother. In the SCA, Satake Matsumi
lives in the Japan of the Momoyama period, and enjoys calligraphy and kumihimo.
Class: Introduction to the SCA
J. Caz Bentley
is an itinerant
teacher, carpenter, and stained glass artist who has passed his
thirty-third year and therefore counts his blessings. In the SCA, Master Alasdair of Raasay
is a traveling mercenary with an interest in many of the finer arts practiced in areas through which he has traveled.
Classes: Carving Egg Tempera Painting
is a researcher at
the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Her interests range widely,
although she tends to concentrate on such topics as Irish clothing,
sprang, and the compulsive researching of any topic that’s
mentioned to her. In the SCA, Medb ingen Dungaile
is an 11th century merchant’s daughter living in Dublin.
Class: French Beaded Flowers
is a registered nurse
practicing in Halton with the Victorian Order of Nurse. She is happily
married and has a lovely dog. In the SCA, Aislinne of Alainmor
is a 10th century saxon/viking lady. She specializes in glass bead making, textiles arts, and cooking.
Class: Early Period Beaded Necklaces
is a 38 year-old
self-employed electronic design engineer specializing in the
development of custom products for resale by local companies. He knits
and sells chain mail in several local shops and via his website at http://www.chainmailguy.com
. In his spare time he plays with things that go BANG and THUD. Gierhaerdt of Hildeschiem
is a local chain-mail knitter. Weekdays he can be found in his shop
building or repairing link armour for the pagans, and sabotaging armour
for the Christians. Weekends he can be found drinking his profits in
nearby Einbeck, where Bock beer will be invented 100 years after he
dies. His hobbies include middle-eastern drumming, reading Germanic
runes, and playing with things that go BANG and THUD.
Classes: Chainmail for Beginners Chainmail - Second Steps Practical Trebuchet
is a grade 8 Special Education teacher
in the area that used to be Scarborough Ontario. Raffe Scholemaystre
is the household tutor living
at Scarborough castle in 1380.
started medieval recreation
about 15 years ago, and started weaving narrow wares (inkle &
tablet) soon after. She first learnt the craft of the dyer at the
Kentwell Historical Recreations 12 years ago. She has been a member of
the Sudbury Weavers Guild about 9 years but only recently acquired her
own modern 4 harness floor loom. Jorunn
joined the crew of the DARC
longship for their voyage to Norstead some three summers hence. She
took her loom on board, but the distractions were great and the seas
rough so took nearly a year to weave one sleazy Saxon headrail.
Classes: Natural Dyes in Medieval History, a Workshop Textiles 101: Colour and Pattern in Dark Age and Medieval Fabrics
is the proud
new mother to a beautiful baby girl born to her and her husband just
last May. Joanne uses her lunch hours at work and any free time she has
on her love of Goldworke whether it be research or stitching. Joanna of Northumberland
is a 14th century embroideress serving the household of Edward the Black Prince and his wife Joan the Fair Maid of Kent.
Classes: The Art of Displaying your Work How to Organize your Research
is a teacher from Ottawa who does not have enough time for her many hobbies. Judith the Quiet Seeker
lives in an Anglo-Saxon village on the north east coast of 11th century England.
Classes: Library Studies Sprang
is a library
clerk at the University of Waterloo, deeply bored by her day job except
for the opportunities it provides to further her research efforts.
Karen has demonstrated various parts of the Viking Era textile process
at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Haffenrefer Museum at Brown
University in Rhode Island and at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in
Detroit, Michigan. In DARC
, Karen is known as Kaðlín Ragnarsambatt
Kaðlín was a small town girl living on the shores of
Scotland in the mid 800s when Vikings raided the nearby Church at Iona
and stole some of the women folk away. She was promptly renamed by her
Viking captor, Ragnarr, who says he can't pronounce "that pig grunt
language the Scots use" anyway. She now lives with Ragnarr in Iceland
as his ambatt (personal body slave).
Class: Natural Dyes in Medieval History, a Workshop
is a part time farmer; a member of Hurly Burly (an Early Music
Choir & Ensemble) and a researcher of Roma history, amongst other things. In
the SCA, Keja
is 15th century Romany travelling the Baltics with her
extended family, under the watchful eye of her Patron, Lord Vladimir
Class: Finger Braiding
is an at-home mother of
one 3-going-on-30 little girl and a historical costumer who takes her
title with a great deal of latitude. In the recent couple of years a
rabid anthropology researcher has emerged from under all those piles of
fabric. In the SCA, Caitlín inghean Tomáis uí Duibhir
is a widowed Tipperary, Ireland cattle woman circa 1580. Just because
Kathy has a compulsion to never do anything simply, she has a second
persona - Signorina Salvatrice D'este
, Honorate Cortigiane e
Veleno, a noble courtesan born and raised in Venice, currently residing
in Verona in the period surrounding 1575.
Class: Goldwork Embrodiery
is a programmer, software specialist and web designer, as well as an officer with St. John Ambulance. Kaellyn mac Dermott
is a 10th century Irish lady who makes all sorts of things for her family.
Classes: Naalbinding - a workshop for Beginners Naalbinding - a workshop for the More Experienced Naalbinding in History
is currently a student at Trent University with far too many
interests and not enough time. In the SCA, Urraca de la Mar
the Iberian Peninsula, but where exactly she's not telling. She is often
found on the dance floor or the archery range if she'd not working on
one of her many projects.
Class: Tablet Weaving for Beginners
has been fighting
in the SCA for 14 years, where he is a Knight, and currently holds the
throne of the Kingdom of Ealdormere. He also enjoys doing "rebated
steel" combat in the living history group Regia Anglorum. Mark also
enjoys "building things" - armouring, mail making, woodworking,
leatherworking, and anything else he can fit into his dwindling spare
time. He is also a full time software developer and father. In REGIA, Edward the Red
is a Norman Knight, a veteran of the Battle of Hastings, living in England.
Class: Flint and Steel Fire Striking
is an Accounting Clerk who lives in Kitchener, Ontario. Lady Gwendyon Casgudcath
is a young Lady from Wales whose interests lie in fighting and learning...anything.
Class: Kumihimo - The Art of Japanese Cordmaking
is an insurance broker in Waterloo. William Stalker
was born in 1050 in the Orkney's of mixed Norse and Scottish
descent. He spends most of his time hawking leather goods and
Class: Archery Equipment for Beginners
is a certified
Project Management Professional working in the software development
industry. In his spare time he is a student of Archaeology at Wilfrid
Laurier University and works with museums, libraries, and various
groups to promote an appreciation of Norse History, and the application
of Project Management to historical projects such as this conference.
He is a charter member of the PMI-CTT chapter, a member of the Ontario Museum Association, a 20 year vetran of the SCA, and the co-founder of the Dark Ages Re-creation Company
where he is known as Ragnarr Thorbergson
. Ragnarr is a tired old ex-viking who now makes his living as a trader. Never one to give up a fun hobby he is still making trouble wherever possible.
Classes: Pastimes of the Vikings Survey of Norse Bead Making
Nicholas West BFA(Bachelor of
Fine Arts); BA(History); HBSc(Psychology) I spend my weekdays locked in
a maximum security psychiatric hospital, and they pay me to be there.
On the weekends I spend my time in my shop, putting together whatever
project my Lady's heart desires. I love to research. I spend many
nights scouring the online data bases from the university of Toronto.
Embroiled in that is my active participation in the SCA. My persona is Augustyn Ely
the second son of a 14th C physician. I spend most of my time on the archery range and enjoy tossing twigs.
Classes: Box Building Knights Templar, who were they?
is currently a stay at
home mom of 4 with one son left at home. She is very lucky that he
likes to dress up and helps feed her need to costume. In the SCA, Odette
plays in 1520-1530, in Calais, France.
Classes: Handsewing: period seams and seam finishes Natural Dyes in Medieval History, a Workshop
is a playwright
and hair-stylist (who does blood-letting too). Thaninieyaieres is an
11th century herbalist. Having finished her apprenticeship with
Mistress Tamarra Amalthea of Romany, she has set up her own apothecary
called Wyte Wythy Moon. She has two apprentices and not enough time.
Classes: Herbal Workshop Plants and Stones
is a teacher, artist and musician currently busy working on his new "farm" north-west of Orangeville. In the SCA, Martin Bildner
is a pewter-caster, instrument maker and musician from the town of Wismar in the early 1300s. In DARC
is a Skald of no fixed address (his wife has a terrible time keeping track of him).
Classes: Making Norse Instruments Playing with Kennings
Dr. Ronald A. Ross is a CAS Professor of Archaeology at Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo, Canada. He teaches in the departments of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, and Anthropology. His research interests include the medieval origins of the British iron and steel industries, medieval demography and population, and archaeological method and theory. He is also the owner and director of Archaeological Research, Consultancy and Heritage Management International (ARCH-M).
Class: Iron Monks and Steel Lords: Pursuing the Medieval Origins of the Industrial Revolution in Rural Shropshire
Sarah Hughes is known as Gaerwen of Trafford
in the Society of Creative Anachronism where she portrays a woman of
Welsh descent living in the time of the Dane Law. In REGIA and DARC,
Sarah is known as Gudrun
and portrays a Norse woman living in
10th C York. Sarah's love of fibre arts has her pursuing spinning,
natural dyeing, cardweaving, inkle weaving, needlework and embroidery
though she has yet to get the knack of naalbinding. Sarah is currently
working as an Executive Assistant and provides computer consulting in
her spare time.
Classes: Natural Dyes in Medieval History, a Workshop Spinning with Flax - Advanced Drop Spinning
is known as Belgar Thorbjornsson
in the Society of Creative Anachronism
Class: Wood Working
renaissance painter working in Venice. In his spare time, he plays the
rebeq and a new instrument called the 'violino'. In modern life, he
works for the Canadian government.
project manager and business analyst, and is the former editor of the
SCA's quarterly magazine, Tournaments Illuminated . She also has a PhD
in medieval history from the University of Toronto and works as an
independent scholar of medieval popular religion and clothing. She
lives in Ajax with her husband and three cats. In the SCA, Nicolaa de Bracton
a 13th century Englishwoman, the daughter of a minor knight in the
service of Simon de Montfort. Her husband is a wealthy cloth merchant,
and they have holdings in Leicester and on the newly-fashionable shops
on London Bridge and are embroiled in City politics.
Class: Knightly Virtues
is a born-again
student taking Computer Programming with Algonquin College in Ottawa.
She always had a fascination with lettering, and at the age of 15
received a Shaffer Calligraphy Kit and has been playing with ink ever
since. In the SCA, Tatiiana Belosel'skaia
is a lady from Russia in love with an English man. Tatiiana quietly dabbles in calligraphy, illumination and tapestry weaving.
Class: Intermediate Calligraphy
works when she must but prefers to spend her days stitching at one thing or another. In the SCA, Tina is known as Lady Cairean ingen Fiachnae
who was born into a matiarcal irish family in the late 1200's, she was
raised there until her mothers death at age 8 when her father returned
to his homeland of England. There Cairean was taught to manage a
household and married at 17 to an aging lord. At 21, upon her husband's
death she returned to Ireland to her mother's people where one of her
husband's servants introduced her to his son. They fell in love, and
had 2 beautiful little girls. Lady Cairean and her family then, a
little over a year ago, moved to the Kingdom of Ealdormere.
Class: Children's Interactive Activities
has brought her
years of research and practise in the culinary and textile arts to
several museum re-enactments, and continues to provide costuming for
the Viking Age interpretive program in L'Anse aux Meadows, Nfld. In DARC, Vandy is known as Bera.
Bera lives in the recently founded city of Dublin with her husband,
Ketil. Together, they occassionally join a group that travels widely in
search of trade goods. Bera is a skilled and popular cook with the
trading crew, and fills her spare time with making cloth and clothing.
Class: Natural Dyes in Medieval History, a Workshop
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