About Us

Here at The Griffin Works we pride ourselves on the quality of our work from the materials we use to the details put into each item we make.
In this site are primarily items we can keep instock, but is by no means the only items we make.  To see more of our work we urge you to come see us at a show we are at for a better selection of what we have to offer.

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Care and Feeding of Leather

As with a good baseball glove, our leather goods need to be broken in.  Please don't be worried if your products seem to be a bit stiff....they need time to break in.  We recommend that you use Armoral Leather Wipes to take care of minor dirt and such.  It puts a light conditioner on the leather after you use it.  Once a season or so we recommend you use a leather conditioner such as Mink Oil or any other product that can be used on leather goods.  For any of our tooled products do not use paste-style will most likely cake up in the grooves of the tooling and not soak in....use a good liquid conditioner

Etsy Store for Non-Standard Items

We now have and Etsy store that we are posting non-standard stock items on....items we generally don't regularly stock, such as a variety of tooled items, re-usable coffee cup holders, buckle belts, special items, etc.  These items we have on Etsy are IN STOCK and READY TO SHIP!!!
Come check out the store at
We will try to keep a selection up during out busy season, but it's prime pace to get those hard to find goodies on our off season!!

Show Schedule



Show Location
Jul 10, 2010 - Aug 15, 2010 Great Lakes Medieval faire Geneva, OH
Sept 4, 2010 - Oct 24, 2010 Ohio Renaissance Festival Harveysburg, OH
Sept 3, 2010 - Sept 6, 2010 DragonCon Atlanta, GA
May 1, 2010 - May 31, 2010 Tennesse Renaissance Festival Arrington-Triune, TN

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The Griffin Works
35156 Poplar Street
North Ridgeville
OH 44039
United States



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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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