Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Buckle, Storybrooke Sheriff

When the client sent me the image she wanted on her buckle I thought it looked familiar.  It took me a little while to remember that "Storybrooke, Maine" is the setting for most of "Once Upon A Time".  The show's filmed right around here so I might've remembered that a little earlier.  In any case, the buckle's on its way to Glasgow so it's a pretty wide-ranging fandom.




Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Map, Homebrew Arcadia

Now that the holiday crunch is over I've been trying to catch up with our campaign maps.  Everytime we finish a campaign I like to carve a map of that setting and hang it on the wall over our game table.  I'm just goofy that way.

My wife dreamed up Arcadia last year.  She'd never gotten around to naming it by the time we were playing it so it started out being called Aidan (which she wasn't a huge fan of) until one of the players recommended Arcadia.  We had a pretty weird troupe of characters exploring a "typical" fantasy world trying to prevent the arrival of Tiamat (because who wouldn't).  We had Tik, Kobold Barbarian Hero; Merrill, Half-Elf Bard from the Guild of Tongues; Oskar, a human teenager who thought he was a dwarf cleric; and Gunnolf, a spec ops veteran turned bounty hunter.  There was a fair bit of tension between some of the characters which eventually resulted in Gunnolf leaving the party late in the campaign and being replaced by Error, a Warforged Paladin of Bahamut.  We had some pretty hilarious times too, like when a Bullywug King tried to romance Merrill and followed him around until the end of the campaign.


This was the first of our personal maps that I've built a frame around.  I didn't leave myself enough overlap to conceal the stitching but it works pretty well in the shadow of the frame.








Friday, February 2, 2018

Scroll Case, Nordic Hnefatafl

Hnefatafl is one of those ancient boardgames that probably gets compared to chess a lot even if the rules don't have much in common.  The client wanted to carry their set in style so we came up with a case that should hold the whole thing.  The body is carved with a pair of nordic runes that should, albeit roughly, translate as something like "battle game".  I left a lot of the chop in the stain to give it that extra weathered look





Thursday, February 1, 2018

Drawstring pouch, Viola

The client wanted to mark their grandson's graduation this year with a gift of silver dollars.  Of course, the coins needed an appropriate vessel!  The grandson's quite the viola player so we used the decorative swirls on his instrument to make a monogram of his initials.  The stain came out a little lighter than I hoped but it's the same bottle I used for my early dice bags so I know it'll age really well!