August 2009 Blog Posts (6)


Leather is a material created through the tanning of hides and skins of animals, primarily cattlehide. The tanning process converts the putrescible skin into a durable, long-lasting and versatile natural material for various uses. Together with wood, leather formed the basis of much ancient technology. The leather industry and the fur industry are distinct industries that are differentiated by the importance of their raw materials. In the leather industry the raw materials are by-products of… Continue

Added by Dept of PMM Leather & Link on August 25, 2009 at 10:25pm — No Comments

General Music


Added by Rev. Allen M. Drago ~ Traveler on August 23, 2009 at 3:30pm — 73 Comments

Vince Conaway at Faire doing what he does best

The Tam Lin Reel at the Greater St Louis Renaissance Faire, 2007

The Road to Lisdonvarna at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, 2007…


Added by Dept of PMM Castle Life on August 22, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

As She Slipped Away

She slipped away from me last night. One moment she was there on the table getting her stomach pumped and the next…nothing. I prayed last night. The strange thing was, I wasn’t even really sure whom I was praying to. Everyone…no one, it’s all the same really. I wouldn’t say that I am one who has lost their faith. I suppose one must have faith first to lose it. I had confirmation last night of something that has lingered in my mind for some time… Continue

Added by Crystalis DeCavalier on August 20, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

things i do

to start several years ago i wanted a good knife none were in the stors that suited me well i made one then ppl started to aks where i git it then can you make one for me next came swords then axes i have made some chain and armor but it dosent hold my intrest i use the old way to make them heat and beat most of my tools are made by me also i dont use coal just wood and wind it works just takes more time i do make charcoal from time to time when i need to raise the heat and harden certian… Continue

Added by mississippihippy on August 17, 2009 at 2:36pm — 1 Comment

Grandmother Turtle Elder and storyteller

. Appearances at the following festivals: Heartland, Rites of Spring, MAPA Beltane, Dragon Hills Rowan Festival, Gathering of the Tribes, Sirius Rising, Starwood, Craftwise, Free Spirit Gathering, Florida Pagan Gathering, and Harmony Tribe. She is a co-founder of the Life Springs Festival and the Stones Rising Festival.

For bookings, speaking events, and workshops with Elspeth, please contact Eri at (202)236-6764 or

Few of our cultural… Continue

Added by Rev. Allen M. Drago ~ Traveler on August 2, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments


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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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