GCP 41: Norwescon - Bill Gruner
In our third episode in the Norwescon series we talk to Bill Gruner. Bill is an armorer and weaponsmith who has traveled extensively to historical sites worldwide, in addition to having an MSeD, being an EMT, teaching science, and publishing articles on medieval metal technology and manufacturing practices. He studies include iron metallurgy, Roman technology, Latin, field geology, blacksmithing, metal smithing, military history, outdoor education, historical reenactment, PNW Native language & culture, European martial arts, design and construction of science classroom equipment, and was a OPDETA Leader in the SF. He has active memberships in the F.&A.M., Wm. Glasser Institute, SASS, Senior Classical League, and is also a peer in the SCA fights with Cohors II Legio VI. He runs the medieval village at the Snohomish Pumpkin Hurl, for which he build and operates a 12-foot tall working-traction trebuchet. This year was Bill's fifth year at Norwscon. A good listener, teacher, and student, Bill and his family own a small farm, fabrica, and atelier new Snohomish, Washington.
We discuss what got him involved in the con and the panels, panels he put on this year, in addition to what some of his plans are next year at the con.
Later we discuss The Snohomish Pumpkin Hurl, which this year is on Saturday & Sunday, Sept 13 & 14, 2014 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. It includes Roman Combat, Norse Combat, a Viking Village, Seattle Knights jousting, and much more. People can also volunteer, for more information, visit: http://www.festivalofpumpkins.org/
For more information about Norwescon visit: http://www.norwescon.org/
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Photo credit: "SCA heavy combat at Pennsic 38" by Adriaan Wessels