Hello I am Black Angus of Valhalla's Anvil!

I am a blacksmith/bladesmith, jeweler and leather worker in the Medieval, Fantasy, Scifi and Steampunk Genres. I have been in business since 1999. As of late the economy and my personal life has stood in the way of my business. I am trying to change this, but I need help. Below is my plan for what I will do if I can raise enough money...

First I need to get some equipment and supplies in order to keep making things, design new pieces and lower the prices of my products. If I could buy metals and leather in bulk I would be able to get it cheaper, thus passing that savings on to my buyers.

Everywhere I go these days I see made in China or Pakistan or some other 3rd world country. It is far and few between to find things Made in America and even harder still to find things made here that are at reasonable prices. At every Faire or Convention there is a plethora of merchants selling import knives, swords, jewelry and leather work. Because these merchants are not actually making the products they sell they can sell it at 4-5 times what they paid for it and still be the cheapest at the event. I want to change that! I want to make quality products, handmade here in America that will at least come close to the prices of the imports. The only way I can do this is to get better tools and buy bulk supplies.

I also want to show the world what I can do. To this point I have yet to push the limits of my abilities and make my own Masterpieces. I have plans for things I can make in every element that I work in that will not only push my own boundaries but also teach me something new in the process. As of yet I have not had the funding to bring these things to life, so to speak.

Lastly, I need to get a vehicle that can haul all of my merchandise to events. I have a Ford E-350 diesel van sitting in my driveway but it needs a lot of work  before it is able to be road worthy. I am not a mechanic but if I can get the capitol to fix it up I can figure it out.

Your donations will be used to get my business back on track and to make me a royal thorn in the side for import dealers. You do not need to donate a whole bunch, if I can get $2 - $5 from all of those who are willing to help I can get the things I need to give this small American business a fighting chance in this import saturated society.

If you are willing to help in this endeavor please go to http://valhallasanvil.com/ scroll down a little on the main page and hit the donate button! If you need to donate by mail please email me at valhallasanvil@yahoo.com or message me here!

Thank You All,

Black Angus Bartholomew Silverleaf

(David A Gregory)

p.s. All updates and pictures of what the donations go toward will be posted on the website as they are used

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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.

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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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