Metalsmith's Symposium, Commedia, and Arts & Sciences

The Shire of Anglespur is honored to host this year’s Metalsmith’s (and glass) Symposium hosting many artisans demonstrating and teaching their skills. We are looking for teachers in all areas of metal and glass. If you would like to teach a class please contact Irene von Lassan at Metalsmyths at A partial class list is available now, and more will be added as it is finalized.

  • Classes: There will be classes on metalsmiths, commedia, and general topics
  • Dancing: There will be dancing on Saturday and Sunday night, in the main pavilion from "darkish" until we are too tired to continue. Musicians are gladly welcome to play with us!

Metalsmith Symposium classes 2017

For the glass workers

  • Demo bead making & open bead bar. See how a bead is made. Try one!! By Erlan. Open both days in the Nature Center, check there for class details.
  • Introduction to enameling. Saturday 10:00 - Noon in the easy up near the Nature Center.
  • Wire Work and Beads A show & talk with historical use for beads with wire & metal examples. Bring your samples. Exchange ideas. Sat 3:00-4:00 in the Nature Center.
  • First steps in stained glass: Glass cutting by Irene von Lassan. Sunday 11:00 - Noon in the easy up near the Nature Center.
  • Introduction to cane making by Carowyn
  • Various methods of making stringer by Carowyn

For the metalworkers

  • Making viking punches: making the tool to use to put the design on many of the viking arm bands. Saturday 10:00 - Noon at the forge setup near Potic.
  • Viking wire weaving. Saturday 11:00 - Noon in the Nature Center room
  • Make one or more copies of extant wire rings. Saturday 1:00 - 2:00 at the Plunder Sisters merchant tent.
  • Making viking armbands. Shaping copper and using punches to make bracelets and arm bands. Saturday 1:00 - 3:00 in the easy up near the Nature Center.
  • Making designs in metal: How to use a jewelers saw and files. Saturday 1:00 - 3:00 in the Nature Center room.
  • Making a S link chain and folded dangle as found in Lake Lodoga region of Novgorod dated viking 800 to 1000 AD. Saturday 1:00 - 3:00 in the hub shelter.
  • Introduction to Blacksmithing by various people. Saturday after 1:00 and Sunday at the forge setup near Potic.
  • Make twisted wire based rings this can also be used to make bracelets and arm bands by Grim the Scald. Sunday 9:30 - 10:30 in the hub shelter.
  • What type of needles were used when? (This is not a class on making needles). Sunday 11:00 - Noon in the Nature Center Room.
  • An introduction to cold connections (rivets, eyelets, etc.) by Irene von Lassan. Sunday 1:00 - 2:00 in the easy up near the Nature Center.
  • Intro to etching. Sunday 1:00 - 3:00 in the Nature Center Room.


This year at Commedia Camp we will be spending the whole weekend working on a period source: a scenario from Flaminio Scala entitled "Jealous Isabella". In order to do this, we will be spending Saturday having roundtable and open discussion classes on movement, lazzi, language, zibaldone, character history, the scenario itself, and any other problems we may need to discuss in making period performance happen as we try to interpret what was written back then and put shape to the outlines we will have. Sunday we will work on trying to recreate the scenario with a need of 9-10 players, to be presented and performed that evening.

Come Friday for a meet-and-greet of Commedia folk and stay till Monday to enjoy a nice going away group hug if you desire! Join us for a in-depth weekend of period commedia recreation at Hunter's Moon Commedia Camp in the Shire of Anglespur!

Jealous Isabella

There are several files for those who wish to prepare for the scenario. They are:

Other Classes

  • Historical knitting roundtable. Saturday 3:00 - 4:00 in the room behind the bead bar.