The Pennsic Exhibition

What is the Pennsic Exhibition?


Fletching and Crossbow Making


Pewter Casting and Soapstone Mold Carving




Weaving: Warp
Weighted Loom

Weaving: Tablet
& Lucet

Woodworking: Benches

Woodworking: Spoons

Woodworking: Stools

Woodworking: Turning

Pennsic Independent Article

Welcome to the Pennsic Exhibition web page!

We hope you enjoy the ideas and pictures presented here. At present these include pictures from the first two years. We hope to expand this to include the 2007 exhibition before too long.

So, just what is this Pennsic Exhibition anyway?

In short, it’s a chance to work on period arts and sciences, in a period fashion, out where people can see it.

For the last two years, we’ve picked an area in the merchant area at Pennsic and set up a sort of road show. We invited a number of artisans to join us and to bring their tools and projects out with them. In this way, people can see the craft in progress and can ask questions of the artisans.

The first year (2005) we set up for one long afternoon, and in both 2006 & 2007 we came out for two slightly shorter afternoons

What is the purpose of this?

Of course we’ve joked about “Inflicting Art upon the masses” and we’ve even been accused of “A&S Terrorism,” but the real reason for this is that we each of our company of artisans think our crafts are cool, and we each want others to have a chance to share in them.

Over the years we’ve often discussed the cool arts that people do in the solitude of their studios, basements, and garages. Unfortunately in too many cases all the rest of us get to see are the finished products. We thought that allowing people to see the process involved in some of these crafts was a great way to educate and to encourage others to say “Hey! Maybe I can actually do that!”

Why set up in the Merchant Area?

Essentially we wanted a place where lots of people go naturally. By setting up in a busy area, we knew that lots of people would simply be passing by. We suspected (and have now had it proven) that many of these individuals would be attracted by one or another of the cool arts in progress once they saw them—even if they might not have been likely to make a dedicated trip to the A&S area.

Had we been in the A&S area, it seems likely that the only people who would have seen us would have been those who, a) knew it was happening, b) were actively interested in seeing the Exhibition, and c) actually planned and remembered to stop by. We think we would have seen far less visitors, and that very few of the people who do not typically consider themselves “A&S types” would have made it over.

We’ve been delighted by the responses from the hundreds of folks who stopped to watch or talk with us.

Who’s responsible for this?

The Pennsic Exhibition is basically the idea of Master Kirk Fitzdavid (OL, OP, KSCA) and Conde Fernando Rodriguez de Falcon (KSCA, OP, OL). But, while we may be the primary organizers, this could not take place without the work of several dozen artisans who have helped make it happen. You’ll see them all on the assorted pages of this site, but here is a list of participants.


After the first Pennsic Exhibition in 2005, Their Majesties Tristram and Katrine, King and Queen of Calontir granted the Company of Artisans who comprised the Pennsic Exhibition the Order of the Falcon’s Heart. This was quite the recognition, because this award has been given only four times since its inception.

Calontir Law states that this order may be conferred upon those groups who have served the Kingdom above the service normally expected by groups of the Kingdom. Companions of the order may bear the badge of the Order, emblazoned: Fieldless, a falcon close maintaining a cross of Calatrava, or.

Pennsic Independent Article

At Pennsic 35, the Pennsic Independent carried an article about the Pennsic exhibition written by Master Liam St. Liam.
You can find it here: Article: Arts & Sciences Road Show

More Questions?

If you have any questions about the exhibitions, please feel free to contact us here:

If you have questions (or comments) about any of the work you see here, we’ll be happy to pass your questions on to the artisan in question.

Last Updated: 5/25/07

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