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Pennsic Projects Ahoy!

Pennsic Mania continues uninterrupted.

Last night Marcellus cut some more shirts, and I had fun with my new serger.

I swear, this little toy is the best $199.00 that I have ever spent.

Well, that and the electronic cat-litter box, but that's another story.

At any rate, it is amazing how fast you can lock edges with this little puppy, as opposed to zig-zagging it. A real time saver.

Of course, I do not use it on other types of projects, such as those that I intend to enter in competitions. But for fencing shirts, camp garb, and just general projects, it is amazing, and really easy to use.

So shirts were cut and prepped and, if it rains tonight and fencing gets cancelled, my chiton will be cut, as well as Marcellus' Bocksten tunic and hopefully Carlos' léine. If not, this will happen on Friday.

I feel that we are making progress. Slow progress but progress nonetheless

And speaking of a different subject. Are there any translations of Agrippa's fencing manual? All I can find are facsimiles in Italian.

Alas, I do not speak Italian, so this is not very helpful.

And no, the woodcuts won't help me if I don't have the text.

Translations into Spanish would be helpful. Otherwise, I will have to learn Italian in order to understand this guy.

Finally, Carlos had a misshap during his stay in Ireland. He suffered a bad cut in his hand and will be undergoing surgery tomorrow. (We hoped it would be today but that was not to be.) It seems that no major damage was done, but it is a deep cut and they have to explore that there is no permanent damage.

Of course, this is all happening over there and phone calls and text messages are going back and forth.

I will keep you posted on the results of the surgery.


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Jul. 13th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
I don't believe there is a translation of Agrippa yet but I think William Wilson has written a paper on him. I'll have to check my computer when I get home and send it on to you if I still have it. :)
Jul. 13th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I have been reading about him and I am very intrigued by his techniques. If I can only find them in a readable form :-)
Jul. 13th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
Well, the article is actually by Roger Siggs, but it's on it's way to you right now. :)
Jul. 14th, 2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
I just got it. Thanks a million!
Jul. 13th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
1) I'm sorry to hear about Carlos's hand. Surgery! I'll pray for him... and the doctor.

2) Sergers are wonderful - IF you're paying attention! I cut a huge gaping hole in a dress I was making, but the fullness of the skirt covered up the sad medning attempt.

3) Electronic litter boxes are the best thing ever! It's entertaining watching my cat swat the bar as it takes away his "property"
Jul. 13th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
Jul. 13th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
Yay! You bought my serger's twin! Now we really /do/ have the same stuff (we also have similar, if not identical sewnig machines). ;)

I'm almost hoping it pours tonight so I can get more sewing done. Sooo much to do before Pennsic!

Well wishes for Carlos. Tell him he needs a nifty story to tell the girls at Pennsic (unless, of course, it's alread y a good story)
Jul. 13th, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
Yes! It is your serger's twin! And Seamus has the other one, so we have officially triplets!

Yeah, my silly, silly child will have some entertaining stories to tell.
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Jul. 13th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Love My Serger ;*)
Yes, it was his foil hand, the right. So fencing is out of the question, unless he fights leftie. :-(
Jul. 13th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
Love My Serger ;*)
Yep I LOVE my serger. I can finish as shirt less the hems in one hour. Dresses are a bit longer as I sew the gores in with a regular machine the serge the seam edges. Of course as I say this I still have not cut out Bill's new shirts or my parti color dress. Been trying to clean up our construction zone ugh! since Sis is coming this weekend.

Lots to Love to the Walrus. Which hand was it? Not his foil hand I hope?


Jul. 13th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
Hope the surgery goes well for carlos! :) Fingers crossed....
Jul. 13th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks! We are crossing our figers too here!
Jul. 13th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
Electronic cat litter boxes are a gift from God - but only the Littermaid variety. The others are crap (so to speak :-)

Talk to my brother re: a translation of Agrippa. He was working on translating an Italian manual a very long time ago, and it may have been Agrippa. Another person to check with is Steve Hicks (Syr Strykar) - he did work on period fighting manuals (including fencing) at one time.
Jul. 13th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
Will do!
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
I've worked from Agrippa by direct reading. Have done working translation of parts of it, but nothing complete, mostly notes.
I spent more time on Lovino and Fabris. Or chcking DiGrassi against I.G. Gentleman's.

I don't think there is a translation available. yet. Several people are working on them, and at least one says he might have it available in 2007.
Jul. 13th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Do you have any of your notes that you could share? I would appreciate it very much. I am also looking forward to the 2007 translation.

Here's to hope! :-D
Jul. 24th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
I sent your plea to my mate Antonio. This is what he sent back...

I'm not familiar with any translation of Agrippa, tho' the woodcuts are available (http://www.thearma.org/Manuals/NewManuals/Agrippa/agrippa.htm)

The original is at http://mac9.ucc.nau.edu/manuscripts/agrippa.pdf , but as she says, is in Italian.

Now, a quick search of Early English Books Online doesn't find a period translation (largely cos I think, unlike di Grassi, that there wasn't one!).

It might be worth her asking on livre_de_combat@yahoogroups.com, which is the historical combat list, tho'.
Jul. 24th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks a million!
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