Other Projects of Interest
These are projects I have actually done or am interested in trying in the future.
My apprentice and I decided to try and build kites to take to events. Naturally we wanted to create kites appropriate to the SCA history but had trouble finding much out there. We did eventually manage to create a couple of kites though they didn’t fly very well. We have more work to do on them and it is a project we’ll get back to.
In the meantime here are a few links that are of use in researching kites for the SCA period.
- Medieval Kites
- National Kite Month: Kite History
- Google Images for Medieval Kites
- Wikipedia List of Books about Kites
- Manned Kite Flight in Medieval China
One of the projects I would like to do at some point is to create a Galileo style telescope. The main problem is finding lens grinding kits. They used to be available but seem to no longer be out there. I will likely need to simply buy premade lenses. There are a number of simple kits available so getting lenses will be doable as well as simplistic telescopes. The trick will be figuring out how to build a more properly medieval recreation of the actual telescope. Or at least a reasonable facsimile.
- Wikipedia entry on Galileo
- A Modern “Galileo” telescope kit
- Plans for a simple “build at home” style of “Galileo” telescope
- California Literary Review: Celebrating Galileo in Florence
Possible material for a class on Galileo and his telescope.
- Science Adventure Telescope Kit
- 24 simple telescopes. Expensive but for a class it could be worth while.
Okay, so Kaleidoscopes don’t fall within my historical period of interest, but they are cool. So I’m jotting down a few things about them as well.