Site Information
  MK Sejbl http://www.mksejbl.com Awesome graphic designer who designed this site
doteasy http://www.doteasy.com/ The hosts for this site

Teaching Information
  Waukegan Park District http://www.waukeganparks.org
  Eclectic Soul
Beach Park, IL
847-263-3030 I offer classes in making sacred tools, painting, chanting, and Starry Night Sweat Circle. They also carry my pottery here.

Pottery Information
  Clayart http://www.potters.org/ A wealth of information about any and all pottery topics.
  Ceramics Web http://grafik.sdsu.edu/ceramicsweb// Fairly good glaze recipe section
  Bailey's Pottery http://www.BaileyPottery.com Supply company. Does mail order.

Places I sell
  Crafty Crafter's Expo http://www.craftycraftersexpo.com/
  Thundering Mountain http://padfieldconsulting.com/
business/ thunder.html
Native American Handcraft
  Free Spirit Gathering http://www.free-spirit.org/ I present workshops here too.
  Starwood Festival http://www.rosencomet.com/starwood/index.html I presented some workshops in 2003.

Rock Art
  Rock Art RockArtNet http://www.rupestre.net/rockart/ A good site for information on worldwide rock art
  The Bear's Byte http://www.thebearbyte.com/index.htm Information on the Gottschall Archeological Dig in Southwest Wisconsin, Pow-Wows, and information about the Ho Chunk Nation.
  Cultural Landscape Legacies
P.O. Box 187
Muscoda, WI 53573
800-221-3792
Look for their website soon.
A non-profit organization dedicated to preservation, education, and protection of the heritage of the indigenous peoples of the Upper
Midwest.

Plants and Seeds
  J.L. Hudson, Seedsman http://www.JLHudsonSeeds.net Simply the best source for seeds. Environmentally responsible. Public domain (non-patented, free use) seeds. Seeds without pesticides whenever
possible. Rare ethnobotanicals. Books. Information. Activism. Check
out J. L. Hudson before ordering anywhere else
  Abundant Life
Seed Foundation
PO Box 772
Port Townsend WA. 98368
360-385-5660
http://www.abundantlifeseed.org
Mostly seeds for edible plants. Specializing in rare seed, often giving the seeds history. Environmentally responsible. Seed grown by cottage
industry gardeners. You can become one too!
  Ecology Action/
Bountiful Gardens
http://www.bountifulgardens.org Good, safe seeds. Biointensive, environmentally responsible agriculture. Worldwide research and education programs. Tools. Publications for
entirely self-sustained gardening. Many varieties. Cover crops.
  Native Seeds/SEARCH http://www.nativeseeds.org Plants for the dry Southwest. However, many will grow all over the country. Ecologically and politically responsible growing. Native Southwest
crafts.
  The Cook's Garden http://www.cooksgarden.com Some interesting culinary varieties. No genetically engineered or treated seeds. Some over-priced seedlings. They carry untreated twine and
bulk, empty seed packets, kitchen tools, and books.
  Mountain Valley Growers http://www.mountainvalleygrowers.com Organic herbs and perennials.
  High Country Gardens http://www.highcountrygardens.com Plants for the West, but most will grow everywhere. Water-wise low or no-mow lawns. Ground covers. Good, sturdy plants. Good information on water
use and wildlife reactions to the plants.
  Forest Farm http://www.forestfarm.com Informative catalog. Good place to get trees.
  Womanswork http://www.womanwork.com Gloves and more for women, men, and kids. The best gardening gloves and kneepads. Plus tools, hats, and more.
Other
  The Breast Cancer Site http://www.thebreastcancersite.com Fund free mammograms by visiting this site
  The Unexplained World http://www.theunexplainedworld.com Local Chicagoland cable TV public acess show on the paranormal

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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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