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Craft Competitions


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.)

Judging Guidelines

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.)

The Categories

This year, three categories will be contested; these are the:

Tools of War:
This includes any and all artefacts used specifically for war-like pursuits, such as weapons, harness, shields, etc.

Peaceful Arts:
This category is divided into two sub-categories, which are:


1. Clothing:
This category includes all 'civilian' (as opposed to military) garments, footwear, belts and belt accessories, jewellery, head-coverings, or items associated with clothing in general. This includes, but is not limited to the entry of single artefacts such as individual buckles, brooches, pieces of tablet weaving, etc.

2. Domestic:
This category includes items of furniture, eating and drinking equipment, game boards and the like.

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Amateur is defined as someone who does not earn a living from making these artefacts. The distinction is made, not to discriminate against professionals, but to encourage more people to try their hand at various crafts, and to provide some recognition for their effort. (Back to the top.)