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Medieval Life and Primeval Arts

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Trystan has been interested in many different historical periods throughout the years but most recently his interest in the medieval period has really taken front and center.  From blacksmithing to woodworking to leathercrafting, he has tried it all.

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Living in the city and with only our garage/driveway to work in, we are limited with just how much Trystan can do his forging.  That makes it a challenge and more recently,  with the subzero temps and raging snowstorms we have been experiencing here on the east coast, it’s been nearly impossible.  So in the last week or so, his attention has turned to what he can accomplish indoors.

His intention is to one day create an entire suit of  armour (Byzantine Era Roman style) for himself, but with that on hold for now, he has started working on creating  the underclothing for his suit.  As always,precise detail is everything to Trystan so he researched extensively to make sure that what he created would not simply be a creation but an accurate re-creation of a 13th century gambeson.

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He started with four layers of cotton/linen sailcloth, a layer of quilting (though I am told by Trystan is would’ve been traditionally horsehair) and sewed the layers together.  

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Though traditionally the eyelets would’ve been hand-forged, we settled for store-bought and he did use leather for the cording, which is what would’ve been used due to it’s sturdy nature

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Though the sheet metal we purchased is too thin to be actual armour, he was pleased with the overall result.  Once we are able to get the proper metal, he intends to begin work on the actual suit pieces.  The plan is to keep working on his underclothing in the meantime.  So stay tuned!

 

So, you’re stuck (snowed) in and you have the idea to do some wood-burning but you have no wood-burning tools.  What’s a guy to do?

 

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Trystan has been making jewelry pendants (necklaces and bracelets) off and on for years with his specialty being using only natural harvested materials.  After carving a pendant from fallen tree branches, Trystan decided it would be cool to etch or burn a design into it.  Not having the proper tools, he invented his own.  A cork, a paper clip and the gas burner on our stove and Voila!

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Once again, Trystan’s interest in past eras was evident as all of his designs seem to be influenced by the ancient arts of the Atlantean, Egyptian, Celtic, and Asian civilizations.

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 Here are three of his original first pieces and pictured also is one of Trystan’s handcarved wands.

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After the first lot of five were completed, he did purchase a woodburning tool for himself and has gone on to create a bunch more.  So many, that he has decided to sell them.  He currently has two propositions from two local places and has been commissioned to create two custom pieces.

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But, of course, the one he made for me is my absolute favorite!

 

It’s been a long rough winter and I am so grateful for my kids’ creativity, ingenuity and self-motivation. I know it isn’t easy and we all have been feeling the effects but we always aim to count our blessings and  I am so blessed to be able to give them their space and freedom to express themselves.  And so proud to share their talents with the world.

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As always,

LOVE, LIGHT and GRATITUDE,

Amber

 

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