This competition will be judged by a panel of judges made up of one representative from each group present at the Gathering 2005.
The judging panel will view each item entered into the competition on Saturday evening in the tavern, with the winner in each category being announced as soon as the judging is complete. As in previous years, trophies will be awarded to the winners. (Back to the top.)
The competition is for amateur craftspeople that make artefacts. Therefore, if an entrant has entered a sword and scabbard, but has purchased all of the fittings from a commercial supplier, then the judges should disregard them, and concentrate wholly on the workmanship of the blade and scabbard, and the technical competency with which they were assembled. In other words, no matter how ornate and costly the purchased fittings might be, because the entrant did not make these, they should not sway the judges. They should simply regard such fittings as being plain and unadorned.
Finally, to be eligible to win, any artefact entered must be of the time period of the theme for this year's event (ie; roughly 900 to 1000 AD). (Back to the top.)
This year, three categories will be contested; these are the:
This includes any and all artefacts used specifically for war-like pursuits, such as weapons, harness, shields, etc.
This category is divided into two sub-categories, which are: