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Early on, I developed an interest in fantasy (beiginning with the Chronicles of Narnia and followed by Tolkien), which ultimately led me to an exploration of its core elements--medieval history, theology, philosophy, and mythology. I write fantasy fiction and am a member of Fantasy & Legends Organization, a group that promotes the ideals and creative spirit found in fantasy and mythology.

I also make chainmail, of course. I made my own chainmail armour out of spring-tempered stainless steel, which led, in turn, to crafting steel chainmail jewelry. For me armour is the ultimate symbol of the knight. With the flesh cloaked behind a curtain of steel, armour has come to represent all the ideals we would attach to the invisible person. The spirit of chivalry, hidden inside the individual, is brought to the surface by the mask of steel that frees our mind from judgment based on physical…

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  • Joined November 25, 2009

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Early on, I developed an interest in fantasy (beiginning with the Chronicles of Narnia and followed by Tolkien), which ultimately led me to an exploration of its core elements--medieval history, theology, philosophy, and mythology. I write fantasy fiction and am a member of Fantasy & Legends Organization, a group that promotes the ideals and creative spirit found in fantasy and mythology.

I also make chainmail, of course. I made my own chainmail armour out of spring-tempered stainless steel, which led, in turn, to crafting steel chainmail jewelry. For me armour is the ultimate symbol of the knight. With the flesh cloaked behind a curtain of steel, armour has come to represent all the ideals we would attach to the invisible person. The spirit of chivalry, hidden inside the individual, is brought to the surface by the mask of steel that frees our mind from judgment based on physical appearance.

But armour isn't accessible to everyone. Jewelry is. I work mail in only stainless steel because I feel it stays true to the iconic armour of the knight and because it never tarnishes, rusts, or otherwise needs cleaning. Precious metals are pretty, but dim unless dutifully polished to keep up appearances. For me, stainless steel represents the strength and timeless glimmer of the eternal spirit.

And then making chainmail isn’t just about making chainmail. It is also a path of understanding. Art, any art, is about learning new ways to see things. Understand with all your being the smallest detail of each thing and everyone around you, and that understanding will become the fulcrum with which you can move the world.

I hope you find something you are looking for.
You can find out more about me at: www.knightsvigil.net

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