Arts and Sciences

A & S activities are popular in the Canton of Rokkehealden and throughout the Barony.

The Baronial Minister of A&S is Rokkehealden member Mikhail of Lubelska. Mikhail has taught classes in tablet weaving and illumination at our meetings. Other A&S activities Rokkehealden members engage in include: tablet weaving, inkle loom weaving, calligraphy & illumination, pottery, sewing, leatherwork, fabric stamping, jewelry making, metalwork, Viking wire weave, cooking, & brewing.

Many have expressed interest in learning the art of blacksmithing. Mikhail put together this list of resources.

  • ¬†I’ve taken classes at Fine Line and Lisle Station Park, and would recommend¬†both.
  • Besides the basic skills classes, Fine Line has ones on making axes, knives, tools, garden sculptures, and so on. Also a related class on making a knife sheath. Dan Caldwell is an excellent teacher. Fine Line also has a wide range of other subjects as well.
  • Fine Line Creative Arts Center (St. Charles, IL)
  • The spring classes at Lisle Station Park start in March. Short walk from the BNSF train line.
  • The Museums at Lisle Station Park (Lisle, IL)
  • Fine Arts Center of Chicago (Chicago, IL) I’ve not taken classes from them, so I can’t vouch for their quality.
  • Blackberry Farm used to have classes, but nothing is mentioned on their web sites anymore. Still interesting to look at a shop setup, especially if they start demonstrations again.
  • Blackberry Farm (Aurora, IL)
  • Naper Settlement is doing classes again, however they don’t have anything on their schedule at the moment. It’s at the edge of downtown, so there’s access via BNSF train.
  • Naper Settlement (Naperville, IL)
  • For general information, the Artist-Blacksmith’s Association of North America is a good starting point. They may have more information on youth classes in your area.
  • If you haven’t considered it, the Boy Scouts have the Metalwork merit badge, which covers four areas: sheet metal, silversmithing, foundry, and blacksmithing. Even if your son isn’t in scouting, the booklet may be of use. Check with your local library to see if they have a copy.
  • One challenge you may find is, some education locations have a minimum age requirement, frequently 18+ years old. Be sure to check before signing up. Look for places with youth or parent & child combined classes. Also check your local junior colleges for summer classes.
  • Hope this helps, Mikhail

Art Guilds and Groups within the Barony of Ayreton

  • Ayreton Metalworkers and Jewelers Guild- Facebook group
  • Ayreton Brewers Guild- Facebook group
  • Vanished Wood Sewing Circle- Contact: Mistress Katherine at
  • Ayreton Authentic Cooking Guild- Contact:
  • Consort Music- Contact: Master Robyyan at 773-764-1920 Meetings in Chicago 60645
  • Court and Country Music Group- Contact: Meetings in Wheeling. Website Facebook
  • Renaissance Dance- Contact: Rob Hicks
  • The Pippins- an a capella singing group performing medieval and renaissance choral music. Contact: Mistress Gianetta at 312-259-6688 Meetings in Andersonville
  • Ayreton Leatherwork- Contact: TBA; a new group is forming as of August 2021
  • Ayreton Beekeepers- Facebook
  • The Barons Noyse- no information
  • Ayreton Glassworkers Guild- Facebook group

Martial & Science Groups within the Barony of Ayreton

  • Archery:
  • Rapier:
  • Thrown Weapons:
  • Rattan:

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