Charles Knutson
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We can be found demonstrating and selling our period games at a number of events in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan.

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Tell us of your likes and dislikes. Music? Tv/Movies? Books? What do you like to do in your spare time?
Play Irish flute and pennywhistle. Read a lot of horror, fantasy, historical fiction.
Are you currently living what may be considered an alternative lifestyle? For example, are you a traveling artist, practicing a non-mainstream spirituality, or part of a BDFSM lifestyle?
We travel around our 5 state area selling our period games at various historic-themed events.
What does the older knowledge of legend, myth, lore, story, tale, wisdoms mean to you?
I have a BA in history and have always been fascinated by folktales and legends.
Do you belong to any organizations; re-enactment based (i.e. households, tribes, clans), spiritual based (i.e. covens, orders, or other pagan groups) or other? If so which ones and where?
Used to belong to a 17th century Scottish reenactment group that had an emphasis on educating the public.
If not of the older life styles, how tolerant are you ?
Not sure what you mean by "older" life styles? As long as it's between consenting adults I don't care what you do.

"There are people in this world who do not love their fellow man and I hate people like that..." -Tom Lehrer. ;-)
Have you ever been to a Renaissance Faire or Medieval Fest? If so, which did you prefer? If not, which would you rather attend? Would you rather be a participant or spectator? Please relate to us your experience!
Owned a booth at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival since 1995 and have been a street character. I've also been a historical reenactor so I enjoy all aspects of historic-themed events from crafts to music to the educational aspects.
Do you have any artistry, crafting, and trade… what do you create, Please share your talents with us.
I research and sell board dice and card games from the past, I also demonstrate a man-power wood lathe
What is the best way to contact you if your talents are skills are desired?
Via Email or my website at
Please answer all questions honestly and openly so staff and members can get to know you. Approval of your application will be based upon your answers. Any thing else you would like to tell people?
not yet ;-)

Charles Knutson's Blog

Tarot parlour game?

A while ago I ran across a reference to a kind of parlor game which used Tarot cards and was described in an Italian work of fiction dating from 1527. It involved passing out 5, or 6 of the trumps to each of four players. The challenge was then to compose a sonnet for each person into which was woven the names of the trumps dealt to that person. Being from a work of fiction with no other references, scholars have suggested this may have been a just literary invention, rather than an…


Posted on July 31, 2012 at 9:33am

Tips for new kilt wearers.

Something I wrote a while ago

New to wearing a kilt? -Start watching women in short skirts (-well more than you already do...) to study how they move while sitting down to avoid exposing themselves. You can learn some tips by following their example. That sweep of the hands underneath your rear as you sit can not only prevent embarassment, but protect you from surprises like cold/hot surfaces -not to mention splinters.

Planning on wearing a belted plaid, sometimes called a…


Posted on July 1, 2012 at 10:55am

Dumb Patron Questions

Just for fun, I have a collection of Dumb Patron Questions from all kinds of historical hobbiests.

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 6:54pm

Europe's 'earliest string instrument

Archaeologists believe they have uncovered the remains of the earliest stringed instrument to be found so far in western Europe.

Posted on June 24, 2012 at 7:45pm — 1 Comment

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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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