|photo by Neil Peterson|
This was during my hands on session / demo at the ReARC conference (see recent posts) this past weekend.
Darrell Markewitz is a professional blacksmith who specializes in the Viking Age. He designed the living History program for L'Anse aux Meadows NHSC (Parks Canada) and worked on a number of major international exhibits. A recent passion is experimental iron smelting. 'Hammered Out Bits' focuses primarily on IRON and the VIKING AGE
“Darrell Markewitz and Neil Peterson are scholars of experimental archeology from Canada. They will practice their ancient professions all day long, just outside the rear entrance to the Media Arts Center. Students will be able to observe the actual work involved in these professions that date back to the time of the Vikings and a number of observers will also get to make their own glass beads and work with wrought iron,”
|Neil demonstrating the Viking Age bead furnace - Goderich 2012|
09:20 – 09:40Title: Making Yours One of the "Good" Presentations”Author: Peterson, Neil, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, CanadaAbstract: We've all been to bad lectures or presentations in the past and we don't want to be one of those. Do you know how to avoid that? In many ways the medium becomes your message. No how matter how good your material is, if the presentation is poorly done your audience will tune out. Presenting a paper has many advantages over other presentations, not the least because the content is well known to you. Papers, however, regularly show a standard set of problems that are easily avoided. In this session Neil will review the 'do' and 'don't' items for presenting, basics of how to create a presentation, powerpoint ideas, and many other things you need to know to make yourself a better presenter. Based in part on the excellent book 'Presenting to Win', in part on many years lecturing at Universities, Museums, and conferences around North America, and in part on many years presenting in a corporate environment, this session will help you make your presentations more interesting, and memorable.
2:50 - 5:00Forging the Viking AgePresenter: Markewitz, Darrell, Wareham Forge, Ontario, Canada
Description: Scandinavian culture was known for the quality of its metalwork, especially in iron. Just how did the tools available effect the creation of the object? Is there an effect from the qualities of the metals available themselves? Join artist blacksmith and Viking Age specialist Darrell Markewitz for this combination demonstration and hands workshop session. A reconstructed 'sand table' charcoal forge, along with replicas of Norse blacksmithing tools, will be used. Those wishing to participate need to be dressed in natural fibre, long pants and work boots (jeans and T shirt ideal).
|Darrell working the Sand Table Forge, Bristol RI - 2006|
|Extracting the bloom - Bristol RI - 2011|
Norse America – what REALLY happened?
This will be a pretty free wheeling discussion around Vinland in the Viking Age. Darrell will be looking at the truth of L'Anse aux Meadows, Neil will be considering some of our 'favourite' fakes and forgeries.Again, you would have to look to the campus web site for exact location and time (evening).
|Working the Sand Table Forge - Haffenreffer Museum (RI).|