Quivering (in anticipation)

 

As I began working with Tristan de Ver in archery, he encouraged me to work on making portions of my own equipment after bartering with him as I agreed to be his student.

The first piece was a quiver – started in mid-November and finished before the end of December – with guidance from Evrard de Valogne.  Being the over-achiever that I am, I decided that I wanted my quiver to give the impression of marginalia illumination, incorporating small emblems that have personal meaning or honoring people who influence me.

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After the first Sunday working on it at a group project day, Evrard kindly loaned me tools so that I could work on the detailing – as I found out that my father’s tools had gone AWOL and thus I could otherwise not work on it at home.  After the tooling was completed, and the initial dyeing dry, I then began to paint the details, just like a charter. Hiding small details around the quiver was a lot of fun, even if I don’t always like that my hands and skills don’t match up what I see in my mind to inspire it.

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After the painting was completed, I then got to stitch it up and seal it.  Fortunately, Evrard and Tristan had a place it could dry – since trying to get it to dry at my place undamaged with kid, cats, and corgis would have been problematic.

The first event I was able to use the quiver was Ursulmas 2014, where I also exchanged Tristan’s loaner bracer for an Arcarius bracer.

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