Early Period Life
Early Period Life class area is located at the end of Queen’s Highway on the right side of the road. EPL offers a wide variety of classes focused on Western Europe pre-1066. In addition to the old favorites, Rusty Anvil Smithy, Kildonnen Longhall and covered general class shelter, we would like to entice you with the Boicewright Woodshop, the Gambit Foundry, a pottery area, a cooking area with braziers and bread oven and much more.
Last year, the Boicewright Woodshop started to take shape as our Master Woodworker oversaw raising the building framework and he intends to have a roof on the shop this year. Daily hands on classes from 9am to 5pm will continue teaching a wide variety of wood joining and construction techniques used during the Norse era. Come anytime and stay as long as you like to learn or just come to watch the wood chips fly.
The pottery area returns this year by popular demand and hopes to have the new Anglo Saxon kiln ready to fire during the war.
There will be an open demonstration day on Wednesday. Skilled artisans will be available from 11am to 4pm to share their knowledge, expertise and answer questions. Visitors are welcome to tour Kildonnen Longhall and the class area as well as the Bastermark camping space past the longhall. Please note that the tents are not part of the EPL Class Area so although all are welcome to enjoy the encampment we would appreciate it if you would please ask before photographing or entering anyone’s tent.
The EPL cannot offer such a great class schedule without help from wonderful volunteers like you. If you have a class in mind or expertise on a subject related to pre-1066 not only for Norse but Norman, Roman, Rus, Germanic, Irish, or any of their historical neighbors please contact the class coordinator to be added to the schedule. If there’s something you think is missing, please let us know. We’re always looking for great new ideas.