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Regular readers of this little corner of madness will be aware that I’m a historical re-enactor. As part of that, my husband and I have a small business that caters to our fellow re-enactors. It’s little more than a hobby right now, with just enough income to pay for our supplies and attendance at events. Sometimes we come home with a little more than expenses and that goes into the kitty for as-yet-to-be-determined outlays.

The hubby plays with metal. He’s a blacksmith who uses a charcoal forge and beats steel into submission. He makes all sorts of camp necessities such as stakes and hooks; accessories for open fire cooking like tripods, trammels, and utensils; armor bits (we do pre-1600 Europe); and just about anything else he can think of. His long term goal is to move into larger items like doors, gates, and stair railings and work full time for himself. The biggest obstacle to that is work space, or lack there of. Working out of a residential garage in SoCal suburbia doesn’t exactly lend itself to expansive projects. So he putters away at what he can for now, as we work toward our long-term goal of leaving California. Here are some of his projects:

Decorative items:

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Hand hammered broaches in brass.

 

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Hand hammered broaches in copper & chainmail chain in mild steel.

 

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Twisted torc in mild steel.

 

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Simple penannular broach in mild steel.

 

Camp items:

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“Portable hole” in rebar and mild steel. Because the gophers never put a hole where you need it.

 

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“Gravity hook” in mild steel. The jaw goes around a tent pole and then you can hang items like a lantern or coat from the hook.

 

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Ridge pole hook in mild steel.

 

Cooking:

 

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Trammel in mild steel. Large hook over a horizontal pole and hang your cooking pot from the small hook. Adjust up or down using the holes. The closer to the fire, the hotter the temperature.

 

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Long handled soup ladle in mild steel.

 

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Long handled strainer in mild steel.

 

Armor:

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Simple elbow cops (armor for your elbow joint) in mild steel.

 

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Viking boss (hand protection for a shield) in mild steel.

 

Tools:

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Blacksmith tongs in mild steel.

 

And while my husband is outside playing with metal, I’m inside playing with string. I do various forms of needlework (cross stitch, black work, embroidery), and narrow-wares weaving working a lot in wool and silk because those were the primary fibers in our period of study. I sew our costumes using mostly linen and cotton because they are so much nicer to wear in our lovely desert climate than wool would be. I call myself a survivalist seamstress – I sew well enough to do basic garments, but don’t have the talent or desire for the more complicated stuff like full Elizabethans or Landsknechts. Here are some of my favorite projects:

Stitching:

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Cross stitched game board in cotton.

 

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Blackwork pouch on linen in silk with glass beads.

 

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Blackwork pouch in cotton.

 

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Cross stitch with cotton on linen. Viking apron for my wedding dress (still in progress 14 years later!).

 

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Embroidery in and on cotton. I braid all my own cords and make all my tassels.

 

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Cross stitch in and on cotton. Pouch, bookmark, needle book and scissor fob. Braids and tassels hand made in cotton also.

 

Weaving:

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“Patriotic” belt tablet woven with wool.

 

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“Spider” belt tablet woven with wool.

 

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“Strawberry” belt tablet woven in wool.

 

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“Fishy” belt tablet woven in cotton.

 

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“Diamonds” trim tablet woven in silk.

 

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“Ladder” trim tablet woven in wool.

 

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Chirurgeon’s (Medic) belt tablet woven in cotton.

 

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“Flaming Squire” belt tablet woven in wool.

 

 

Special projects:

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Large pouch embroidered and cross stitched in and on cotton. Donated for a raffle at specific event.

 

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Large pouch embroidered in and on cotton, with appliqué. Donated for a raffle at specific event.

 

 

So that’s some examples of how we avoid the real world around here. Hope you enjoyed them. I’m off to my next project, already overdue, of course, but, hey – I’m an Artiste!

 

 

 

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