Call for Teachers for Norse Life and Culture Seminar

Banbharun Siobhan O'Neill, Event Autocrat for the Norse Life and Culture Seminar in the Canton of Three Hills (Kalamazoo, Michigan) on April 10, 2010, is seeking teachers for the seminar.

Banbharun Siobhan writes:

This is the first Call for Teachers for a Norse Life and Culture Seminar in the Canton of Three Hills (Kalamazoo, Michigan) on April 10, 2010. The concept is like a mini-RUM for Norse personas! It's hoped that Norse persona folk can network, teach and share with other Norse persona folk at an event specifically designed for THEM!

This event will be a day of classes, with a lunch tavern provided on-site, by Novus Sodalis. There will be no feast.

I am looking for classes on topics of interest to those with Norse-era personas. This can include, but is not limited to: learning how to make a Viking swag necklace, learning how to do wire-woven necklaces, card-woven trims, combat techniques, appropriate footgear, tentage, and accessories for Norse personas, culture, needlework, beverages (this is a WET SITE), etc.

Classes will be 50 minutes in length, or an hour and 50 minutes, with a ten-minute break between class sessions. Longer classes can be accommodated as well.

If you are interested in teaching a class at the Norse Life and Culture Seminar, please contact me (Mistress Siobhan) at: and let me know what you can teach, and how long a time you would like to teach.

There is also a very special off-campus seminar from noon to 4pm. This will be a hands-on seminar at West Michigan Glass Society. This is the opportunity to work in a professional glass bead studio with minor bench burners! Participants must register for glass sessions prior to the event, and you can sign up for one hour or two hours max, at $10 an hour. There are spaces for beginners, intermediates, and advanced. Beginners are strongly recommended to register for two one-hour sessions. (It's hard to learn enough to make a bead in just one hour of torch time.) Intermediates and advanced are encouraged to share what they know and assist beginners and others as appropriate, but if you sign up for an hour of torch time, you will be guaranteed that torch time. We can accommodate 48 1-hour sessions. There are twelve minor burners that can used at once.

If you are interested in registering for the hands-on bead seminars in the afternoon, please contact Master Thaddeus the Brown at: and indicate if you are a Beginner (never done it before, or did it so long ago as to be the same thing; beginners should register for two hours), Intermediate (I've made a bead before and want to add simple decorations) or Advanced (You are familiar with simple bead decorating techniques and are ready to expand your bead range (like period methods)). Please indicate if you want one hour ($10) or two ($20). If you are also volunteering to teach a class, please let Mistress Siobhan know so that your class can be scheduled prior to noon.

The glass seminar registration fee of $10 an hour (max. 2 hours) will include glass rods and dipped mandrels. Safety glasses will be provided, but if you have your own, or have specific color rods you want to use, or any special equipment that you own (marvers, stringers, murrini, etc.) feel free to bring along those supplies. These burners use Effrete/Milano 104 COE glass. Pyrex/borosilicate will not be covered in this seminar. People participating in this special hands-on glass seminar should plan on being at the glass shop for the entire four hours, to help out where possible and/or watch others for additional learning experiences. The goal is to have less experienced beadmakers learn from all those who have had more extensive bead experience, and for those with more experience to learn new techniques and network with other beadmakers.

Thank you!

Banbharun Siobhan O'Neill
Event Autocrat