reetings unto all whom these presents may come from Lord Eldred Ælfwald!


elcome to the Barony of Nottinghill Coill! I am Eldred Ælfwald, Minister of Arts & Sciences for the Canton of Falcon Cree. I have found the SCA to be a wonderful place to spend much of my spare time. The people you meet and the friends you make are fascinating. At the risk of being "gushy", you will not find a better group of people to include in your circle of friends. I could wax on about the Age of Chivalry, and the ever-popular "Dream", but others have spoken about it at length and more eloquently than I.

I first discovered the SCA when I was a student at Carnegie Mellon University (1986). A group of people were on the campus lawn in armor practicing fighting techniques, and still others were playing music and embroidering. Seeing such an interesting group of people, I became curious and talked to them about what they were doing. I was invited to a meeting, started practicing archery with them, and went to my first event--Viking Winterfynde (spelling anyone?) I thought to myself, "What a cool group of people!" Unfortunately, the pressures of engineering classes outweighed my desire to participate, and so my activities were curtailed. When I left CMU, I neglected to get contact information for the groups back home.

Obviously, my story has a happy ending. While I was enrolled in graduate school at Clemson University in 1990, I rediscovered the SCA via the Internet. Quickly, I contacted the local group, and the rest, as they say, "is history". Depending on how you look at it, I've been in since 1986. Or I have been in since 1991, when I became a card-carrying member.

In times past, I have been the heraldic officer for the cantons of Falcon Cree and Cyddlain Downs, and was the Baronial Herald for a period of 7 years, earning the title Gordian Knot Herald. I have also been the Seneschal and web-minister to the Canton of Falcon Cree and am currently serving as deputy web-minister to the Atlantian Clerk Signet. While in these offices, I have been called upon to perform a variety of services for the cantons, the barony, and the Kingdoms of Atlantia, East, and the Middle. For the visually inclined, I have displayed the arms of each of these realms below in my "Heraldic Resume". My tasks have ranged from submitting armory, education and consulting, commentary on submissions, court and field heraldry, helping rewrite the Atlantian Heralds' Handbook (Vol.s 1 & 2), and teaching classes.

Although being a herald once consumed much of my time, I do have other interests that I pursue. Woodworking and carving, for instance. Meadmaking is an art that requires a great deal of patience, and in some cases, experimentation. With no small modesty, I am very proud of the batch of "Broken Glass Mead" that I brewed almost 2 years ago--and am still experimenting with.... Mead making is a rather ironic hobby to have when one generally avoids alcohol.... To hear the tale of the "Broken Glass Mead", head down to the Cellar.

  To complement my heraldic activities, I am also a scribe and illuminator. Although my portfolio is somewhat small, my work has found its way to other Kingdoms, and even to the modern world. My scribal resume consists of those groups that I have specifically illuminated and calligraphed scrolls for. They include the Canton of Falcon Cree, the Barony of Nottinghill Coill, the Kingdom of Atlantia, the Shire of Afonlyn (Middle), and the United States Marine Corps--certificates of appreciation for allowing us to participate in their Toys for Tots program. Check out the "Scribal Resume".

  Other interests include architecture, archery, stained glass, 12th century English history, coin-making, and metalcasting though I have little time to pursue those last two topics. Eventually, I will expand this site to include more about those interests. At the moment, I am working on two painted rose windows (real glass is a paint to transport safely) and Baronial thrones based on the famous Glastonbury chair. If you wish, contact me about any of these topics, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

In service,

Eldred

Disclaimer:

These Web pages are not Official SCA Web pages, and do not delinate SCA policy or by-laws regardless that I am a card-carrying member and officer of this Corporation....
Credits:
Background courtesy of MagickLass

Some heraldic images "borrowed" from the Official SCA web pages

Other images probably done by ME!
Opinion:
Any society that requires disclaimers has too many lawyers....

Last Update: November 20, 2002