radical unschoolers, Uncategorized, Unschooling

Trystan’s New “Revolutionary” Adventures

Trystan has always been very curious and passionate about history, and in some ways I think  he seems rather connected to certain periods of time and events.  Perhaps, it is because of his depth of feeling or because he has always been “an old soul”, I can’t really say but I can say that I admire his passion for the people who lived in those times, for the forbearance they endured and I can understand his longing to be away from this modern world, to a return to the ways and trades of old.  So many of his projects and so much of his time is spent in other eras. Whether he is forging swords in the driveway, building shelters in the woods with a friend, wittling and carving tools, hand sewing his own clothing, designing wax seals to monogram his letters to friends, or even with his choice of video game, he is of another time and place.  It is the coolest thing ever!

The past few months have seen him do the following things:

This costume from the first Assassin’s Creed.  Trystan has long had a fascination with this game.  I believe this costume’s origin is in the medieval period; an era, if you are a regular reader of our blog you will know, that Trystan has been very interested in for some time.  Here are two posts you might remember. His gambeson and his first attempt at the hidden blade (click here).

Altair Ibn-La'Ahad
Altair Ibn-La’Ahad
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Rather than go with a store-bought pattern he wanted to go with a custom-made to ensure it would fit his head perfectly. So he started (naturally) with a custom-made cardboard bust of his own head.
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And then chose newspaper for its similarity to fabric in its ability to drape. He also has to make up this temporary stand using his space heater, lumber scraps and duct tape. Gotta love his ingenuity! haha
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Then transferred his design to poster board to make his pattern pieces (to be pinned to the fabric for cutting).
Then set to work sewing his panels together.  He also found a way to create a sort of quilting effect to the fabric.
After a few test runs on some sample fabric, he set to work sewing his panels together. He also found a way to create a sort of quilting effect to the fabric.  I personally can only sew a straight line so this whole sewing thing is something he learned entirely on his own and from experience. This kid has mad skills. So good at everything he puts his mind to.
I think it turned out so great! And his sewing skills are just incredible.  Alas, he is determined to do it again and this time get it just perfect. So stay tuned . . .
I think it turned out so great! And his sewing skills are just incredible. Alas, he is determined to do it again and this time get it just perfect. So stay tuned . . .

This entire process of the hood was done over the course of about 3-4 days and it was pretty challenging though the rest of the cape/coat should be easier.  But for now, Trystan has decided to take a break and come back to it.

In addition to the medieval period, the last couple of weeks have got him on a bit of a “Revolutionary” kick . . .

as in the American Revolution, that is.

A couple weeks ago, at Trystan’s request, we watched the movie, The Patriot.  And we have just ordered two more movies to come in the mail that are set in that same time period.  His latest Assassins Creed game he has been playing is also set during the American Revolution.  All of it has brought back the memories of our family trip we took a few years past to Colonial Williamsburg and his flair for the time period has definitely been reignited.

Just this morning he started working on creating his own wax seals.

And I might add: while watching the John Adams mini-series, yet another movie set during the time of the Revolution.

First off, Trystan mixed up plaster of paris and put into a mold. Then once dried he etched his insignia/symbol onto the piece.
First off, Trystan mixed up plaster of paris and put into a mold. Then once dried he etched his insignia/symbol onto the piece. The tool he is using is one he fashioned from sharpening a popsicle stick.
Here's what it looked like during the first part of the drawing process.
Here’s what it looked like during the first part of the drawing process.
Once the etching was done, he pressed clay onto the design, and then baked it.  Here is the final result of his first seal.
Once the etching was done, he pressed clay onto the design, and then baked it. Here is the final result of his first seal.

 

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As usual, Trystan had to work with what we had in the house.  So here's a trial run with a bit of red crayon wax. Not bad!
As usual, Trystan had to work with what we had in the house. So here’s a trial run with a bit of red crayon wax. Not bad!

Even Trystan’s room is full of fantastic nods to the past . . .

Plumes, leatherbound journal, handmade note cards and even some early invention opticals of some sort.
Plumes, leatherbound journal, handmade note cards and even some early invention opticals of some sort. Once his seals are done and he finds the perfect wax, perhaps he can use those notecards he made or whip up a batch of homemade paper, even.
Early lighting, apothecary and alchemy
Early lighting, apothecary and alchemy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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