Early Period Life

Welcome, we invite you to join us in learning and having fun in the Early Period Life Village.

We are proud to offer classes for all ages, including the younger war attendees. Young people must bring along a parent or responsible adult per site and society rules. Please check the schedule for classes and age limits.

Early Period Life class area is located at the west 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 village life including woodworking, blacksmithing, pottery, cooking, fiber arts and much more.


The Woodshed

The woodshed sponsored by House Boicewright broke ground in 2011 and with the help of friends and numerous class attendees constructed a beautiful building using early period construction techniques. The woodshed now hosts woodworking classes all week from 9 am to 5 pm. Come by anytime to learn or just watch the wood chips fly.

Rusty Anvil Smithy

The Rusty Anvil Smithy offers classes for beginning through advanced blacksmiths. The fires will be lit every day at 8:30 AM.

Tree’s Kitchen

The Kitchen area features a sheltered bread oven, preparation building and fire pits for cooking.

Senestor Pottery Area

The Pottery area is working on completing new and improved kiln and specializes in classes to learn the art of working clay. If your piece is completed prior to Wednesday, we will do our best to have it fired and available to pick up Saturday morning after 9 am.

Classroom Shelter A

General classes daily under shelter from the elements. Look for the red and yellow open-sided structure.

Class Building B

Features classes for fiber arts rain or shine.

Kildonnen Longhall

Built-in 2000, the longhall with a center recessed fire pit is a lovely place to hang out in the shade on hot days or around a warm fire when it’s cold outside.

Gambit Foundry

Our neighbors in Clan Gambit have a great structure dedicated to casting metal and other arts.

Lazy Sire Lounge

Featuring sheltered seating and games.

Activities in addition to classes

  • Silent Auction with wonderful donated items starting on the first Sunday 9 AM through 4 PM Wednesday when winners will be announced. Don’t miss the last minute bidding for your favorite item.
  • Open Demonstration Day with skilled artisans to answer your questions on Wednesday 9 AM to 4 PM

EPL cannot offer such a great area and class schedule without help from wonderfully talented and dedicated volunteers. Thank you to all the great teachers and staff that support the Early Period Life Village experience.

If you would like to teach in EPL, please contact us by email at earlyperiodlife@gulfwars.org or bridgetedan@hotmail.com.

Mistress Bridget Edan, OL
EPL Class Coordinator