The Olive Tree Market, Newcastle

This weekend, The Olive Tree Market will start their extra markets for the lead up to Christmas!  And, we will be there of course!!

The Olive Tree is a fabulous market, where the shopper can meet the makers of some beautiful things!  One of my favorite places for Christmas shopping…far more interesting than the average shopping centre! And I would much prefer to support a local artisan than a multi-national company!!  Many things are made by transforming the old to the new just like our swords who begin life as fence palings and floorboards!

For those of you who live outside the immediate area, the drive is worth it.  Besides the markets, we have awesome cafes and great beaches!



Competition Nov 2012!!

For those visiting for the first time, Hi and welcome to Schlosswoods! 

This last weekend we held our first ever competition for customers visiting our stall at either The Olive Tree Market (Junction, NSW) or The Newcastle Farmers Market (Broadmeadow).  The entries have been read, the draw been made so I won’t waffle on any longer!

The answer to the question, “Which is Tim’s favorite wood?” is SILKY OAK!!  And the lucky winner is, Oliver from Mt Vincent.  Congratulations Oliver! 

For the 9 other people who also guessed correctly, we’ve decided to award each of them 10% off any purchases between now and 17 Dec 2012! (We will contact you soon with details)

Now, Silky Oak.  I thought I’d share why Tim loves it so much.  He first fell in love with it when restoring furniture some years back.  An old piece of neglected, blackened furniture would come alive with some sanding to reveal the beautiful speckled shine that Silky Oak is known for.

The shingled sheen effect in Silky Oak comes from the medullary rays being cut at the right angle.  What are “Medullary rays”?  Good question.  The Wood Data base explains… “The term “medullary” is closely related to our modern-day word for “middle,” and is in reference to the pith in the middle of the log. Ray cells are arranged perpendicular to the growth rings and radiate outward from the pith: vaguely resembling rays of sunlight.”  (ref.

The texture of Silky Oak is wonderful too; smooth & silky when sanded (hence it’s name).

So, there you have it.  Stay tuned either via this blog or on Facebook for other upcoming competitions, new Castles, special offers and collectors editions.  We are off to The Rocks Market in Sydney this coming weekend (9-11 Nov) and are hoping to organise a competition for our Sydney followers!


Tim & Ruth

Medieval weekends

Three Medieval Fayre’s in 3 months and still not tired of knights, jousting, costumes, vikings and festivities!  This last weekend, our family packed up and headed off to Parramatta Park (Sydney) for Winterfest 2012

Arriving on Friday night to set up our “home” for the weekend in our old Girl Guide ‘teepee’, we surveyed the layout and I must say, how beautiful is Parramatta Park?!  It is easy to forget that you’re in Sydney!  It was awesome to see old friends amongst the stall holders, share a drink around a fire and prepare for the weekend.

While the nights were just a wee bit chilly, the days were sunny and bright.  Saturday even had many of us out of winter clothes for a few hours and the kids devouring icecreams! 

Highlights for the weekend….Well, the jousting was great fun to watch with  “Mitch the viking” giving out pieces of broken lance to the kids.  They, of course, were pretty pleased with these souvenirs!  The Birds of Prey display was fabulous.  Did you know, that owls aren’t actually more wise than any other birds?  Probably on par with chickens (this somewhat lowered my opinion of owls after keeping chickens in our yard for the last 4yrs!) The Kestrel was amazing…flies in figure 8’s before swooping down on it’s prey.  Man! it was fast!  Some birds of prey have been clocked doing up to 400km per hour!

There was also quite a collection of re-enactors and displays.  We listened with interest as one woman showed and explained how teeth were cleaned, breath freshened, and hair perfumed during Medieval times.  Quite a lot more hygenic than I had imagined (we’re keen to try some recipes for sage and salt teeth cleaner and some of the beautiful hair rinses…they smelt divine!  Far nicer than the artificial fragrances mostly used these days).

There were many people in costume and most of them wonderful.  One lady I met had made all of her costume, right down to the beautiful embroidery around her sleeves and all made from natural materials (no synthetic materials).  Next to our stall, was a couple who make and sell gorgeous cloaks and capes (T was particularly eyeing off a cloak that would have looked quite at home in “The Matrix”!) 

If any of you who haven’t had the pleasure of attending a Medieval Fayre yet, take the opportunity and enjoy the step back to older times!  Next weekend the Abbey Tournement is on in QLD (unfortunately we won’t make that one) but is said to be the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere!  At Abbey, you won’t find plastic swords, plastic crowns, plastic anything for that matter.  This is about as authentic as Medieval Fayre’s get!  We are starting our preparations now for 2013 so we and our stall can be dressed to suit the time!

Well, a somewhat quieter weekend ahead for Schloss.  The Olive Tree Market on Saturday 7 July, followed by The Newcastle Farmers Market on Sunday 8 July.  Hope to see some of you there!  R