Monthly Archives: November 2014

Gardiner’s Company Store

Our fearless Secretary and Treasurer have been the brains and brawn behind the Gardiner’s Company Store, which has shown up at a variety of Atlantian events from Night on the Town to Holiday Faire, with the occasional showing at Sapphire/Ruby Joust and Twelfth Night. Stocking various sundries, and also peddling some used clothes, all the proceeds have gone to Gardiner’s Company to help with projects such as funding the site for Yule, paying for the land clearing for the upcoming tavern, and helping with materials and engineering for the kitchen building. The Company Store has also been helpful in getting a few members and friends clothed.

If you need or desire anything, you can reach these ladies at store@gardinerscompany.org

Headcoverings, plain and fancy

Headcoverings, plain and fancy, and credit cards accepted.

Clothes for sale

Clothes for sale

Shifts for ladies

Shirts and Trunkhose for gentlemen

Shifts for ladies, trunkhose and shirts for gentlemen

Bobbins, books, bottles, and such

Bobbins, books, bottles, and such

We appreciate all our customers who have helped Gardiner’s Company reach our current goals, and look forward to future customers and our future projects. And we’d be completely lost without Mistress Carlyle, our Treasurer, and Mistress Hamilton, our Secretary, for all the hard work they do in addition to being our cooks and keeping us fed. They are our quiet heroes!

Tavern Site

We staged a few photos on Sunday morning to give a better idea of the space of the newly cleared tavern and kitchen site. It’s quite large and spacious with plenty of room for kitchen, tavern, tents, drilling, skirmishing, archery, and games.

Bandesmen stand at the approximate four corners of the kitchen.

Bandesmen stand at the approximate four corners of the kitchen.

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Marking the proposed corners of the tavern, while Fanny admires the space.

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Looking to the gathering in the tavern, with a corner of the kitchen to the right

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Looking across the drilling green to a gathering of Bandesmen in the tavern

A few more photos of our first meal on the Tavern site during a break in work on Saturday, and the site on Sunday morning, are available on Flickr.

Gardiners Site Cleanup

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Cleared site, entrance is on far left side

The site is cleared and cleanup has begun! Several members spent this past weekend, cleaning up debris, pulling up small roots, moving logs around and marking out the kitchen and tavern site.

The site is beautifully situated with a large level area dotted with beech and oak trees for shade and completely surrounded by forest. There’s a nice rise of trees on one side creating a perfect berm for archery and black powder. It’s far enough from the road for privacy, atmosphere and quiet.

The morning was spent picking up branch debris and digging up or hacking away roots waiting to trip you up. Then Bob and Alan headed up the driveway to move some trees. Alan used his tow chain to line the drive with a few, while others were towed to the kitchen site for firewood.

Driveway lined with logs

Driveway lined with logs

Harv, Rob, Jeff and Jen tackled the large pile of trees left by the clearing company. The hope is to have someone come with a portable mill to cut the trees for use in the kitchen and/or tavern in exchange for them taking some trees for their own. We’ll see if that works out. The group spent some time rolling some logs off the huge pile onto a sled so they can be worked. A combination of strategic chainsawing, leverage and the occasional tow chain from Rob’s Suburban brought down a dozen or so logs without injury.

Jeff & Rob lever a log

Jeff & Rob lever a log

That wrapped up the day, but there is still a lot of work to do. There are several holes where large trees came down that will need to be filled. Bob and Harv  will be starting on the kitchen soon, digging footers and tackling the brick work. The plans for the kitchen along with a cut list will be done soon.

Jen shows marked out kitchen

Jen shows marked out kitchen

Thanks to Bob and Laura for hosting and coordinating everything! Jeff and Rob who drove down for the day from Maryland and Harv, Alan and Jen for all their work!

To see more images of the site, visit my Flickr site.