Fwew! Got through the weekend in one piece. The tournament at Brooks Medieval Faire turned out terrifically despite initial misgivings. It was a real treat working with the international competitors and I think my face is perma-crinkled from laughing so much.
We ended up doing a lighter form of joust this year - drilled pine lance tips instead of solids - and I wish to god I had ridden now. Ah well… Here’s a shot of Rowan and I from the event last year plus some candids from the weekend.
Also have to point out that Andre in the fifth and sixth shots has re-engineered one of the exploding breastplates from the rennen joust popularized at the court of Emperor Maximilian I. Museum Secrets did a spot on it last year and it is honestly the coolest thing ever.