I am a self taught, artist in many mediums. Wood which is featured here, is in a way in my blood.

I have many relatives who for pleasure or profit worked or work in wood. The items you find here

are each made individually and with attention to what it wants to be. Yes, I am that kind of person. I may set out to make an "Athame" but what kind that piece of wood is becomes apparent as we go along. The general shape becomes more apparent as it carved, first with deep cuts, then

gentler "shaving" or "whittling down." Sometimes during this process I will sand to remove some of the roughness and get an idea of the piece, but mostly that comes later.

 After the shape has solidified then sanding begins. I use several grades of paper, going from a very strong grit, down to a smooth wet/dry grade. (I never use it wet on the wood, but it is very fine and creates a wonderfully smooth surface for burning!)

 Whereas I do actually create pyrography art/pictures, most of the things I showcase over here have to do with the depth and color that can be created by the burning process. I start out with

layer upon layer of burning, varying the strength of the burn and removing parts of it, (again with sanding) until  the desired effect is achieved. If there is to be ornamentation(pictures/designs in pyrography) involved now would be the time it would be applied. Even after all of this, it is only after the wax is applied that the true beauty of the object becomes apparent. What you knew was pretty before, becomes beautiful and looks as if it has been around forever, no just out of your woodpile.

 My wands are special in that they are from the wild, I live in the wild and they are collected in their natural form from the area. Not every piece of wood can be a wand, but some are. They have personality and shine just as brightly as the leaf, flower and fruit that came from them. When wand wood is found, it is sized, (every wand has it's perfect length.) Then it's bark is removed to show the beauty as yet unseen. Whatever shaping, smoothing, designing done by carving is to be done, is done at this time. Next comes the sanding, lots of sanding to create a lovely smoothness. If there were burning to be done, it would be done at this point, then a great waxing to bring out the finished beauty.

  I've enjoyed explaining abit about the work and would be happy to answer questions.

~Bright Blessings,

~M.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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