The other day a leatherworker I really respect posted a beautiful piece of work he did of tooling a leather chair cover. It was a great way to make a non-period bag chair seems a little less glaringly modern. This of course led to a discussion of the over use of bag camp chairs as this is probably one of my largest pet peeves in the SCA.
However, as the Facebook backlash hit, it was obvious not everyone held my views.
Now, for anyone who knows me, knows that I would NEVER alienate someone or put them down for not using a non-period chair. However, enough people have in the past done the exact same thing that I was easily lumped into the villainous category.
I am a firm believer that everyone who takes part in the SCA should make an attempt at doing things more historically accurate. No, that does not mean that after you receive your AOA, that you should be required to have a completely historically accurate set of garb, fighting kit, pavilion, feast gear, ext…. but I think you should start to think about it and slowly make the things you take to events, slightly more historical.
As everyone’s inspiration for being in the SCA is unique, so should their path of historically accuracy. For some, they want to have period clothing ready before they go to their first event, others might wear plastic armor while they slowly put their kit together… both ways are ok.
However, as I am passionate about approving the general appearance of SCA events I have decided to start a series of blog posts on small ways people can improve their historical accuracy of every day items or items we regularly use in the SCA.
Some posts will be about how I am trying to improve my own encampment and person, others will be a compilation of links to articles and patterns, and some will include original patterns and research.
If there is an item or concept that is regularly modern in the SCA, and you would like me to discuss it, please let me know in the comments below or via email.
This project is all about inspiring people to change little things and giving them the knowledge and resources to do so. After all if enough people focus on the little things, think what a big impact that would have on the society as a whole