Last year I offered to help another artist/crafter with a number of projects  that had been started. After showing how to do a few things. Things went apart for a bit. Then the opportunity for me to take the items and work upon them. This was agreed upon for where I was to be in MI. That turned into a breaking of words and telling me I could not do as I had been told I could. Another event came and went.

         And packing items up brought to Columbus with me several projects to be finished.  But thus also was a screwed up action. For within the rush to pack and get on the road. I took the materials and items I was asked to work on. In my mind I was to finish these items for this person. In theirs I was to give them back. Now a state away and finding this mis communication and understanding failure. I have started to work upon them. May this reseal the friendship I had started to forge with the artist/crafter. And as well show them I meant not to steal not take from them. But intended to do as I had stated and finish these items for them.

         Currently I have three items started. and will show of these items. Also a fourth has been marked out as well ready to be cut forth, shaped and hilted. I have several others to do the alike with. As well as a certain number or multi twisted items of torc style wrist and neck which will be simple copper and brass accented. I hope this will show my good intentions and the worthiness to once again gain this artist/crafter as a friend and once again be able to claim them as such.

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A large chopper blade I have set a steel guard upon it and have wood scales to go upon it. Once I can purchase the correct adhesive I will set then pin them. Then shape the full of the guard and hilt.

A sax with half ground antler scales simple yet older look. No guard but pinned when done. Again adhesive and shaping  awaits this as well.

A small thin twisted four corned with a Antler spike handle with a simple metal disk guard yet to be made. Decideing if should be larger then spike or just bigger then.

A flat copper was also at hand upon which has been seen a large early leaf dagger. With scaled then wrapped handle and may be a tri metal plated pinned pommel.

Before I get to far into fully construction of other items from the materials I have these also await hilts and finishing of edges.First another four corner twisted item this one is a bit bigger so thus a larger and more hilt will require.

2nd a long thin sax light feeling in hand I have a signal hand bone that will work for this now a guard to be thought of as well.

Third another flat stock sax not edge not tempered. Yet I have an oriental tsuba and bamboo scales of thought for it.

4th is my favoiate one he had started. A 'Bolo Khukuri' this will take a bit of idea but have some forming.

Fifth is a long chopping blade not edged and roughly shaped. But it will be something to finish.

I do not do pretty, but do work and function. I have not the here to polish and shine items. But I do have the to make and do. Will see what time brings forth from these hands and the mind that remains to work and reclaim a bit of honor of fulfilling what words were said of what I would do for another. Words that to this day I strive to full for all those they were given to. Upon my current dealing of the cards of life.

Ideas thoughts and maybes of the starting process

Bolo rough guard before hilt and shape. Mild steel guard will be more of a oval like when get done shape. Thinking more bamboo for handle as well.

got antler some what secured, have to redo top edge. Holes marked for pins need to drill all the way now and pin. then finish shape and touch up.

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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.

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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...

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