[CAM] Lochlainn MacGregor Memorial Woodworking Competition

masanger at kwm.sca.org masanger at kwm.sca.org
Fri Jun 1 12:59:52 CDT 2007

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 at 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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