Another great day at Camp today. I started to cut my windows in the tower, and made a mistake by cutting them the exact size as the wood window. Once I sanded the opening after cutting, I quickly realized the holes where two small. Since there was an inner wall on this side (to hold up the ceiling), I was lucky and cut the inner wall smaller and the wood windows can lie back on this panel. I decided to wait for another day before attempting to cut the remaining windows!
I decided to move on to carving the stone. At this point I made a big decision. Instead of having a stone floor, which most medieval castles had (if not mud), I decided to have a rough hewn wood floor. I was told that only the upper floors were made from wood, so we will all have to pretend there’s another level under this floor that we can’t see right now.
I drew my pattern unto the foam with a pen first, then scored it with my sharp Olfa knife, and then using a wire brush, I dragged it through the planks to give it the rough hewn effect. I hope you can see the difference in the “planks” before and after I added the grain. I still want to add nailheads, but we are tossing around a few ideas on how to do this effectively. It’s a job for another day.
Then I moved on to carving my first stone wall. Again I laid out a pattern on graph paper first, then drew it on the wall using a ball point pen, and again I made a mistake, but once it’s painted you won’t see the two lines that are drawn in the wrong spots!!
I carved out the stones with the same knife, and it looked too perfectly straight, which wouldn’t be the look of an old castle, so then I proceeded into chipping away bits of the stone to give it a more authentic look. We also textured the walls using a rolled up piece of tin foil. It leaves an extremely authentic look to the “stone.”
I don’t seem to have accomplished a lot today, but I never stopped all day! Just the planning of the walls and floors is extremely time consuming. This project will definitely not be completed in the five days. Thankfully the organizers and teachers recognize this as well.
During our lunch break we got another bag of tidbits from the other attendees. Again I received some wonderful items. A beautiful wood candlestick with dripping candles, a leather bound book and feather pen, a Tudor styled water jug in a carrying strap, a beautiful hand turned pottery bowl, “silver” desk accessories, some jar of potions, and a beautiful Tudor chair. The chair came with a note explaining it was Mistress Ann’s Bogchair. The original was built for Mistress Ann by Lord Sylan of Thor’s Mountain – to be potable and set up at different garden events – so that Mistress Anne could use it for the whole event she attended!
During the evening session we exchanged gifties and I received a beautiful Tudor chest.