Armour has been used througout recorded history to protect soldiers, knights, war animals and war machinery from the ravages of battle. Melvin Wright presents live demonstrations of this time-honored martial craft at the Royal Armoury. A long time apprentice of world renowned Rob Valentine, Wright now presents his own unique approach to creation of distinctive weapons and personal armor.
Homemade root beer, free samples of Renaissance Ale, brewing equipment, t-shirts, posters, glassware, mead kits, and absinthe kits. Also brewing education, which consists of Brewmaster for a day, Brewmaster’s Breakfast Club, behind the scenes tour, home brew parties and brewing classes!
Childrens costumes, tutus, hair accessories and tops, tea sets, victorian dolls, Schleich World of Knight and World of Bayala Collectibles, build-your-own enchanted animal, wings, wands, wedding apparel for children, hats, headpieces and more!
Story Telling at 11:30 and 2:30
At each story telling session there will be a tutu and a stuffed animal giveaway. There will be two drawings at each demonstration.
Crossbows, bull whips, black powder weapons, war hammers, torture chamber equipment, chain maille, floggers and other support equipment for arsenal and leather goods. Also rebuilding, restoring, repairing or modifying weapons. All products are handmade and can be custom ordered.
Traditional Native American and European recipes come together in a Renaissance version of a functional apothecary. The owners bring over 90 years of training and study in herbal lore between them.
Mary and Sakeeta remain as two of only a handful of artisans, continuing the tradition of whole herb incense. This variety of incense remains as the incense of choice for Native American and many other nature based religious ceremonies world-wide.
During the festival, stop by and witness demonstrations on making salves, whole herb incense, and other products during the day.
Products range from Liquid and Bar Soap, Lotions, Salves, Salts, Shower Gels, Massage Oils, Smudge Sticks, Aroma Oils, and any number of products that are made from essential oils or whole herbs. Prices range from 25 cents to $25.00. Many items include 3 for pricing to allow you an opportunity to mix and match your favorites. Custom blends at no additional charge.
Stop by to visit an old fashioned, functional apothecary at booth 246.
Jodi has made glassblowing a performance art. Aimed toward educating the public, the hot glass demonstration includes a detailed narration explaining the history of glass art as well as an explanation of the techniques being executed. Each year Jodi spends two months performing at the Texas Renaissance Festival where she becomes a “Renaissance Artist” showing how glass was made 500 years ago.
The Gutenberg Press is a full functioning 15th century print shop, similar to that of Johannes Gutenberg, complete with a full-size reproduction of a 15th century printing press, a type foundry for creating type for the press and a paper making area. A demonstration for any or all of these processes is available upon request throughout the day. The shoppe also has a wide variety of brass rubbings and printed goods for sale.
Demo Times: Throughout the Day
You will be “Swept Away” by the one-of-a-kind brooms created by Sharon Jackson! Sharon creates beautiful yet functional brooms from broomcorn with handles of sweet gum, elm, hickory, or even willow and wisteria. Custom design your own broom for hearth and home and sweeping is no longer a chore. Come and watch continual demonstrations in broom making at the Broom Maker’s Shoppe.
Demo Times: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm
Come work a full scale replica of a 15th century drop hammer mint. Hand crank up the 300 lb. hammer to 12 feet in the air, pull the lever and strike your very own 1 troy ounce souvenir coins. The coin design and date change every year, so start your collection with this year’s coin. We have a smaller sledge hammer mint with souvenir coins as well.
Visker & Scrivener is a creator and purveyor of fine writing quills, inks, scrolls, leather-bound journals, and other oddities inspired by times past. We research, develop, hand-craft, and provide tools for artists, writers, calligraphers, and those aspiring to be.
Dawn Runkel began a study of the weaver’s art may years ago as a simple hobby. From such humble beginnings, she has grown to become a master of this centuries-old craft. Her demonstrations present the entire craft of spinning and weaving from selecting raw wools to the spinner’s wheel then finally to the weaver’s loom to create an original, handcrafted work of art.