The Bearded Axe & King Harold

The bearded axe was the preferred weapon of the housecarls who protected King Harold Godwinson, the king of England from 1022 to 1066. It was one of the weapons used at the battle of Hastings. Which they lost. The opposing knights charged in and the housecarls ran after them (taking their axe's with them) and... Continue Reading →


The short Yari is basically a spear, and it’s much handier than anything longer. Not so good on slashing though. For that you’d use a Naganata, which is an 18 to 30 inch single edged tanto or you could use wakashashi blade on a stick which slashes well at a distance.

WEST Art Tour Day 1!

What a day! We finally got the display set up for the art tour - a little late - but better late than never. And then we had a pretty decent turnout, considering we're a little off the beaten path. Very exciting. And now we just have three more days of the tour to survive... Continue Reading →

‘Cap a pied’ Helm

This ‘Cap a pied’ helm was light head armor that would have been used by a basic foot soldier, like a yeoman trooper, or an archer, usually in a militia, as protection against swords. They would have worn it over a knit cap and under a leather coverup for more complete protection. The English had... Continue Reading →

Boarding Spear

Long ago, the Vikings (may have) used wing spears for boarding other vessels. This little fellow is purely from my imagination of what that might have looked like.

Due WEST! ART tour 2018

Having fun at the kickoff for the art tour! This is going to be interesting. We will be showing at the Austin Public library for the next week, and each weekend will have an exhibition up out in the surrounding neighborhood. My piece is in the white box behind my right elbow. A little hard... Continue Reading →

‘Double Distelfink’

This my reproduction of a traditional Dutch Hex Sign design. The caption is “willkommen” which means ‘welcome’ or in this case, ‘Welcome into the home’. Some believe the Dutch hex signs work as protective talismans - like good luck charms. But whatever you believe, they have a language all their own, and can speak volumes,... Continue Reading →

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