New Crew at Arms & Armor

Many of you know that we've had some turnover in the past year with a couple of long term team members leaving us for retirement and/or new opportunities.  After our public search for a new employee we wanted to introduce you all to our newest crew members.  We had lots of great applications and some tough decisions to make.  We even realized that we never introduced a hire we did last year.  So, here they are.  Welcome to Patrick (who is currently celebrating one year with us, and no longer being the noob), and Thomas, who has been with us for a few weeks. As part of their hazing here are pictures of them along with some some important facts.

Patrick: celebrating one year at Arms and Armor... Patrick has spent the last year making lots and lots of Nordland Axes, Javelins, and Celtic Spears. Below are his basic stats.  

Patrick likes gardening
Patrick is a sword fighter and enjoys armored combat and educational demonstrations about medieval warfare.  He is pretty nice and rarely complains when Nathan or Craig yells "Get back to work Patrick".  
Favorite Sword movie so far @: Henry V by Branaugh
First Concert: Kiss/Def Leppard/Tesla
Current guilty pleasure: Taco Bell
Life's focus this week: Survival
The Nordland Axe, our favorite training tool for new employees...

Thomas: celebrating nearly a month of semi-gainful employment at Arms and Armor. Thomas has previously worked as a mason, cabinet maker, and as a bartender at the coolest venue in Minneapolis, First Avenue where he was probably the favorite bartender of the artist formerly known as Prince (Ok, I just made up the Prince part, but it MIGHT be true). So far his efforts at our shop include getting lots of burns and being nicknamed "Boomer" for repeatedly shutting off the propylene before the oxygen on the torch (which causes a very loud BANG, making everyone jump out of their skin).   

Thomas has a nice truck
Thomas is a sword aficionado and, as a child, he somehow tricked his parents into buying him one of our daggers at the Ren-faire.  He is currently suffering from the effects of shifting from being a night person to a day person.
Favorite Sword movie so far @: Conan
First Concert: GBH/The Exploited
Current guilty pleasure: adequate amount of sleep
Life's focus this week: No more burns 
The Greek Javelin, soon Thomas will be seeing these in his sleep as we ramp up production for the festival season...
@- Neither of the guys have made it all the way through the required movie list for the shop so this may change as they become more enlightened. :-)
Welcome to the Team!
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Nathan Clough, Ph.D. is Vice President of Arms and Armor and a member of the governing board of The Oakeshott Institute. He is a historical martial artist and a former university professor of cultural geography.  He has given presentations on historical arms at events including Longpoint and Combatcon, and presented scholarly papers at, among others, The International Congress on Medieval Studies.

Craig Johnson is the Production Manager of Arms and Armor and Secretary of The Oakeshott Institute. He has taught and published on the history of arms, armor and western martial arts for over 30 years. He has lectured at several schools and Universities, WMAW, HEMAC, 4W, and ICMS at Kalamazoo. His experiences include iron smelting, jousting, theatrical combat instruction and choreography, historical research, European martial arts and crafting weapons and armor since 1985.

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