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Re: feast gear

Poster: "Ed Hopkins" <Ed.Hopkins@MCI.Com>

Gelis de Fraser asked,
> > [...] what do you use to seal the wood to protect it from various
> > food and drink?
Alys of Foxdale answered,
> You can probably seal it with oil, as some people do their wooden
> cutting boards.  Use a vegetable oil with no particular flavor (i.e.
> olive oil is not particularly good).

De gustibus non est disputandem.
I buy virgin olive oil for the sole purpose of oiling my
woodware; I much prefer vegetable oil or canola in food,
but think olive oil is best for the wood.  Why?  I don't know.

Gelis went on to ask, 
> >  Or where can we get good acceptable feast gear?

And Alys went on to answer,
> Depending on where you are located, you can probably fairly frequently
> find merchants at events who carry feastgear.  And, lest we forget,
> yardsales are always an excellent option -- I picked up a lovely set
> of wooden bowls just yesterday!  ;)

To which I agree completely,

> Also, depending on your period, you need not necessarily restrict
> yourself to wood.  Pewter and other metals, and divers forms of china
> were used in various areas and periods.  When you have definitely
> settled what period and area your persona is from, you may discover
> your persona would have used one of these instead.

To which I agree, up to the part about 'china'.  In my mind,
an important part of the definition of "period" is "doesn't
break or chip when you haul it to events".  Denuo, de gustibus
non est disputandum.

BTW, did people really call it "feast gear" in the Period?

-- Alfredo
Away with the joint-stools, remove the court-cupboard,
look to the plate. Good thou, save me a piece of marchpane.
                                       -- Romeo & Juliet
                                          Act 1, Scene 5
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