Black Angus Silverleaf's Blog (7)

A Rough Patch...

2014 was a harder year for me then most. I took care of my best friend who had stage four cancer until she passed this summer. She gave me all of her belongings to sell so that I could pay off my house. She lived in my house with me and was a hoarder so it took me all of 6 months and 7 dumpsters full of trash to sort through everything. My house is still full of her "stuff".

Just as I was going to give up hope and just let the fates take me where they will, I…


Added by Black Angus Silverleaf on January 15, 2015 at 12:36am — No Comments

Please Pray for My Best Friend Sandy...

Here is what we know so far...Sandy has been going through chemo and just finished about two weeks ago. While I was taking her to an appointment for Social Security she lost her balance and fell. She was holding onto my arm for support and fell on her butt. She did not hit her head. I took her to her cancer doctor and he scheduled an appointment for an MRI (brain scan) this coming Monday because she was having problems conjuring sentences, she had slurred…


Added by Black Angus Silverleaf on February 9, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Circumstances Dictate...

It seems I was not cut out for being a merchant. I pushed it as far as I could for the love of my art and the people I meet and call friends. My best friend, who is also my roommate and business partner, has been dealing with cancer and is now going through chemo. My dog needs to go to a vet and get what looks like a small punching bag cut off of her chest. I am always behind on bills and house payments. I can't keep supplies or propane in stock to make new projects…


Added by Black Angus Silverleaf on November 26, 2013 at 1:51am — No Comments

Donations to the Black Angus Project

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…


Added by Black Angus Silverleaf on January 30, 2012 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Valhalla's Anvil

Hello all who will read this! Many things have happened in the last year... Most importantly I am in the process of buying a house in Warren, Ohio. Although it is small and cluttered due to the amount of business stuff we have at the moment, it is a house and the utilities are on, even if we are a bit behind at this time.

This Winter my Mentor Johan passed, this is a very…


Added by Black Angus Silverleaf on January 4, 2011 at 11:33pm — 8 Comments

Black Angus is Back!

Hello All You Beautiful People!

I am back! I am trying to buy a house in Warren, Ohio. It is very small and we have alot of stuff to get out of storage and into the house, But we have electricity, heat and internet. Now we just need to sell enough to pay for all of them! Any Ideas?

Anyway I came here being promised a job that seems has fallen through. I have been trying to sell stuff on Ebay, Etsy and through other means, but even with all of the great comments on my stuff…


Added by Black Angus Silverleaf on April 2, 2010 at 10:27pm — No Comments

Black Angus the Homeless??? Don't read this message if you have a soft heart.

Sorry about the morose comment on my page everyone. I am going through some hard times right now and it could either go really good for me by the end of the year or REALLY BAD!

It seems like everytime I am about to get ahead I get kicked in the teath by life.

I found a profound nitch in acid etching for me at the beginning of the year. I aquired a new buisness partner that is trying to help us find and buy a house as well as keep me in buisness.

Then our land lord let the house… Continue

Added by Black Angus Silverleaf on November 24, 2009 at 12:05pm — 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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