About

Thank you for taking an interest in my work.

To provide a little background on myself as a maker, I have a bachelor’s degree in Medieval Studies with a Latin Minor from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. While earning my degree, I started an internship in 2007 at Arms and Armor, a local company to Minnesota specializing in medieval reproductions. It didn’t take long for that internship to turn into full time employment, but we will get to that a bit later.

As another element of my undergraduate academic degree, I was able to study abroad in England at both Cambridge and Oxford Universities, focusing on medieval history and society. It’s was also my introduction to the European world of reenactment events. I participated in my first event in Nykobing, Denmark in 2010, and have done numerous events in Germany, Switzerland, France, England, and the United States since then.

My participation in these events has augmented the work I do by allowing me to build an understanding of how armor and the body work together, and what small details are important while the armor is actually in use. Being able to see many of my pieces in action first-hand has given me an invaluable perspective as a maker.

Off the field, I continued honing my craft while working at Arms and Armor where I was mainly responsible for sword blade production by day, and began building armor in my spare time in 2010. Over the next 5 years, I began to take on independent commissions, and was able to open up my own workshop full time in 2015.

As I continue to improve the quality of my work, I am always eager to take on new and different projects to keep the subject matter fresh. As you peruse this website, you can see that while I specialize in armor, I also reproduce many different kinds of medieval artifacts including weapons, knives, leather work, and more. I am always happy to entertain new types of projects, so feel free to contact me with your ideas and questions.

-Josh