Anyhoo, the board is done-for-now. I eventually want to decorate the borders but I don't see that happening between now and March. I have a veil to hem and a leather object to make. The board looks pretty spiffy, if I do say so myself. The black and red wool floss look great on the gold chamois. I wasn't able to do the decoration I wanted - I don't trust myself to freehand it and I couldn't reliably draw it onto the chamois with a pen. Too many small fiddly bits, too much suede in the way.
All that's left is to stain the playing pieces. Really. Even the documentation is done.
I corresponded with the Pentathlon organizer about documentation, because they were asking for research papers to be sent in ahead of time. :) (Although actually the tafl research is pretty shoddy; there's no new work, just using others' work to make my board.) But she said, correctly, that Research Paper is an A&S category; it is not documentation. And sending my docs ahead of time would give me an unfair advantage. So I should just keep the docs to two pages.
The tafl doc is two pages... of text. The pictures pad it out to more like seven, and the appendix of tafl rules makes it more like eight. I put a note on the front saying it was two pages, honest! I hope that's okay.
In other news, I continue to be flabbergasted at the amount of scholarly literature available on leather (objects). I suspect there's even more than I've found, because I've been quite conservative about doing NSWF searches at work. All I can say is: Thank you, Queer Studies! *two thumbs up*