Eldred AElfwald

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Eldred Ælfwald
Information
Resides: Barony of Nottinghill Coill, Atlantia
Status: Active
Awards: Order of Precedence Entry
Heraldry
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Azure, three wheels and on a chief argent, a dragon statant azure.

Introduction

Eldred is currently Triton Principal Herald of Atlantia. He is also a Companion of the Order of the Pelican, and a Companion of the Order of the Laurel (primarily for calligraphy & illumination). His introduction to the SCA was at a few events in the mid-1980's in the Barony Marche of the Debateable Lands where his interest in archery was sparked. In the early 1990's, he began attending events in Atlantia and additional arts and skills began to draw his attention--specifically: calligraphy, illumination, and brewing. Calligraphy and Illumination led to heraldry. Heraldry led to architecture and stained glass. Architecture led to an interest in period furniture and woodworking. Woodworking led to game boards and thus, to games and numismatics. In short, every dive into a particular art turns into a sideways exploration into other arts.

Persona

Eldred Ælfwald is a 12th century itinerant scribe living near Chester on the Welsh border.

Offices & Positions

Current
Office Group Start End
Ico herald.gif Triton Principal Herald Atlantia Jan 2019 Jan 2022
Ico eldred dragon.png Azure Dragon Herald At-Large May 2008
Past
Office Group Start End
Ico univ.gif Chancellor University of Atlantia Jan 2006 Jun 2009
Ico web.gif Web Minister Clerk Signet, Atlantia Jan 2006 Jan 2009
Ico signet.gif Clerk Signet (Great Officer) Atlantia Jan 2003 Jan 2006
Ico marshal.gif Target Archery Marshal Atlantia Jan 2003 Dec 2013
Ico moas.gif Minister of Arts & Sciences Falconcree Nov 2002 Nov 2003
Ico signet.gif Editor, Scribes Handbook Clerk Signet, Atlantia Jan 2002 Dec 2010
Ico herald.gif Herald At-Large, Atlantia Apr 2001 Jan 2008
Ico exchequer.gif Acting Exchequer Falconcree 2001 2001
Ico seneschal.gif Seneshcal Falconcree Nov 2000 Oct 2002
Ico web.gif Web Minister Clerk Signet, Atlantia Oct 2000 Apr 2001
Ico chronicler.gif Deputy Chronicler Nottinghill Coill Jun 2000 Jun 2001
Ico web.gif Web Minister Falconcree Mar 2000 Nov 2000
Ico signet.gif Head of Scriptorium Barony of Nottinghill Coill ??? ???
Ico herald.gif Commenting Herald Atlantia Mar 1998 Mar 2000
Ico herald.gif Gordian Knot Herald Nottinghill Coill Dec 1997 Apr 2001
Ico moas.gif Deputy Minister of Arts & Sciences Falconcree Aug 1997 Nov 2000
Ico seneschal.gif Deputy Seneschal Falconcree Aug 1997 Feb 2000
Ico herald.gif Commenting herald Middle Feb 1997 Jun 1998
Ico herald.gif Gordian Knot Pursuivant Nottinghill Coill Nov 1996 Dec 1997
Ico herald.gif Branch herald Cyddlain Downs Nov 1996 Jul 1997
Ico herald.gif Branch herald Nottinghill Coill May 1994 Nov 1996
Ico herald.gif Branch herald Falconcree Nov 1992 Oct 1994
Other Honors
Honor Group Date Honor Group Date
Honorary Doctor Ico univ.gif University of Atlantia Feb 2009 Baronial Artisan Ico nc.gif Nottinghill Coill Jun 2002-2003
New Masters Degree Ico univ.gif University of Atlantia Oct 2004 Archer (longbow) Ico archer.gif Atlantia
Old Masters Degree Ico univ.gif University of Atlantia Feb 2003 Archer (crossbow) Ico archer.gif Atlantia
Bachelors Degree Ico univ.gif University of Atlantia Feb 2003
Fellowship Ico univ.gif University of Atlantia Feb 1998

Students

Current
None
Past
Mistress Bríg ingen Érennaigh Apprentice Elevated to the Order of the Laurel in 2011
Elevated to the Order of the Pelican in 2019
Master Lucien de la Rochelle Apprentice Elevated to the Order of the Pelican in 2018

Projects

  • Atlantian Heralds Handbook, 3rd edition. Currently in review.
  • Atlantian Crown Tourney "Virtual Tree" May 2021 200px
Furniture Display Calligraphy & Illumination
Brighs Bench.jpg Apprentice Bench
Made as a gift for Brigh when she became Eldred's apprentice in 2005. He made a similar one for Lucien.
Corvus window.jpg Corvus Rose Window
This was a long term heraldic display project for House Corvus based on the rose window of the north transept of Notre-Dame de Paris. The order in which the heraldry is displayed is from the center out in order of registration of the first 20 or so members, then by when the individual joined the household or when they registered their armory while in the household. This is the third heraldic rose window Eldred created-the first two were for the Cantons of Falconcree and Cyddlain Downs.
ApprenticeContract.jpg Apprentice Contract
Mistress Siobhán NicDhuinnshléibhe wanted a unique apprentice contract between herself and Lady Meadhbh inghean Thaidhg uí Domhnaill. This is what she got...
NC chairs.jpg Nottinghill Coill Chairs of State
Magnus Iain Craig (who is a master cabinetmaker by trade) provided the mentoring and some of the joinery skill, but the vast majority of the work was completed by Eldred over several months (700 hours total). The design is based on the "Glastonbury chair" but with some hidden modern upgrades and redimensioning from the original plans. The chair is completely made from ash and finished with a ground walnut stain and sealed with three layers of hand-rubbed carnuba wax and linseed oil mix.
Pennsic Gatehouse.jpg Atlantian Pennsic Gatehouse
Griffith Jenner provided the space and building expertise, Caelen Hood provided additional muscle and hands. Eldred helped design and build the structure, then fabricated all the doors, windows, and the massive red oak gates for this project. It was packed flat onto a trailer, transported and assembled on-site at Pennsic.
Ia GD.jpg Golden Dolphin for Baroness Ia
A Byzantine-style Golden Dolphin scroll for Baroness Ia Anna Kazimov. The inspiration is from a 6th century Byzantine Canon table. The sea lions are a direct reference to Ia's heraldry.
Lucien Pelican.jpg Pelican for Lucien de la Rochelle
One of my larger pieces, it is inspired by a bestiary, and includes an encyphered message for Lucien hidden in the scales of the sea-dog's tail.

Things to Peruse

  • Ealdercote Home of Eldred AElfwald and Ealdthryth of Humberstone

Publications

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  • Editor, Atlantian Heralds' Handbook, 3rd Edition, Kingdom of Atlantia, Society for Creative Anachronism, 2019-.
  • Editor, Atlantian Scribes Handbook, Kingdom of Atlantia, Society for Creative Anachronism. 2004-2010.
  • Annotated Bibliography of Scribal Resources. Proceedings of the Known World Heralds & Scribes Symposium, Society for Creative Anachronism. 2004
  • Canting. Proceedings of the Known World Heralds & Scribes Symposium, Society for Creative Anachronism. 2004
  • Introduction to Scroll Layout & Design. Proceedings of the Known World Heralds & Scribes Symposium, Society for Creative Anachronism. 2002
  • Animal Blazonry. Proceedings of the Known World Herald’s & Scribes Symposium. Society for Creative Anachronism. 2001.
  • Notre Dame de Paris. The Nottinghill Quill—Newsletter for the Barony of Nottinghill Coill, Society for Creative Anachronism.
  • Sainte-Chapelle. The Nottinghill Quill—Newsletter for the Barony of Nottinghill Coill, Society for Creative Anachronism.
  • St-Denis. The Nottinghill Quill—Newsletter for the Barony of Nottinghill Coill, Society for Creative Anachronism.
  • The Troubled Reign of King Stephen (3 part series), The Nottinghill Quill—Newsletter for the Barony of Nottinghill Coill, Society for Creative Anachronism.

Classes

I have taught a variety of classes and workshops over the years. I'm not sure these are all of them... Some have links to the notes or articles I have online. Click the relevant section header to expand or collapse the list.

Heraldry

  • A Herald's Guide to Surviving Court © 1998
  • Introduction to Heraldry
  • Animal Blazonry © 1998 Needs updating to match SENA
  • Heraldry for Children
  • Basic Blazonry © 1998
  • Beginning Names
  • Heraldry for Non-heraldic Cultures
  • Heraldry in History
  • So, You Want to be a Herald?
  • The Heraldic Submissions Process
  • Canting
  • Armorial Display
  • Basic Conflict Checking
  • Atlantian Order of Precedence
  • Heraldic Roundtable

Scribal Arts

  • A Survey of Illuminations from Durham Cathedral
  • Introduction to Making Scrolls
  • Scribal Roundtable
  • English Court Hands
  • Illuminations for the Artistically Challenged
  • Matching Hand to Illumination
  • Introduction to Scroll Layout and Design © 2001
  • Blazonry for Scribes
  • Introduction to Calligraphy

Architecture

Woodworking

  • Woodworking: Board Games
  • Woodworking: Cheap Campaign Furniture
  • Woodworking: Plain Benches
  • Woodworking: Breakdown Chairs
  • Woodworking: Curule/Coffered Chairs

Miscellaneous

Events Autocratted

Date Group Event Notes
12/11/1993 Falconcree TOYS FOR TOTS TOURNAMENT 4-weapons form tournament to raise toys for the USMC Toys for Tots program
08/28/1995 Falconcree PENNSIC PAUPER'S POTLUCK
12/14/1996 Falconcree TOYS FOR TOTS TOURNAMENT 4-weapons form tournament to raise toys for the USMC Toys for Tots program
04/10/1999 Falconcree PASSAGE TO THE EAST I: THE ENGLISH ANARCHY The first in a series of events chronicling the travels of pilgrims through different lands. Their first stop: England of the 1130's during the time of Stephen and Matilda. Town and castle battles were a big feature of this event
03/01/2003 Atlantia KINGDOM ARTS & SCIENCES FESTIVAL Implementing the vision of Master James of Middle Aston. The current format of KASF was started at this event