As long as I've known him, my husband Stephen has always been imaging and creating cool fun medieval themed toy weapons and costume pieces.
One of my earliest memories of my husband is from the age of Jr. High. We were in the same home school co-op and, at that time, he was just a classmate to me. We were in the same friends group, but not close friends... yet...
I was in a class that was going to perform a skit based on the book, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. (One of my all time favorites!) I was talking with one of my friends who was also in the class with me about the different costumes and props we needed. In particular, we needed a set of swords for the White Witch (me) to battle with Edmund during the ending scene.
All of a sudden, Stephen pops up next to us talking about how
he can make some wooden swords for us.
I'm pretty sure my friend and I sat there for a moment blinking at him. I said "Sure, thanks!"
The following week, Stephen presents to me a pair of crude wooden swords. Not the most elegant or excellent of weapons, but they were sturdy and did the job well.
(Hey, he was only 13 or 14 at time time. They were pretty good. ;) )
Over the years he has continued to make costumes and items for fantasy role-play,
and his skills are amazing.
Last year he officially opened his business, For the Honor Forge.
His "mission statement" of his work basically is to make the toys he wishes he had as a kid.
He creates swords and shields and archery bows made out of pvc plastic for children and children at heart of all ages to have fun acting out their adventures, and also has the same items in wood and shield for display and reenacts.
This week we did a photo shoot for a new product of his he has been crafting in his mind for a long time. A way for the adventurer to carry all the essential questing gear and still have their hands free. A very important essential if you need to climb mountains, cross streams or fight dragons.
It's been a lot of fun photographing the pictures for his items. I even get to be a model sometimes too.
He has written a blog post on his website about how he created his new product, The Leather Baldric Adventure Harness System and the inspiration behind it.
You can also see more pictures of his awesome creations on his Website and Etsy shop.