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Craig Johnson
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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jan, 2012 1:09 pm    Post subject: A&A on TV this evening.         Reply with quote

If you are any where in the MN TPT channel market you can see us on TV this evening! The A&A crew will be featured working on items and discussing what we do. The show is Minnesota Originals and will have the episode on line in the near future for those that are not able to get TPT. (there is a promo blurb up no with Chris discussing mail) We hope you find it interesting and help illustrate what is its like to work on our items.

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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jan, 2012 1:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Any chance it can be put in a video format after?
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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jan, 2012 7:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

i saw the link posted up on your site which lead to the video - nicely done.

i always get a inspired when i see a group of people that chased after something they're passionate about and can make it their living!
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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jan, 2012 7:53 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Awesome! My smallsword made it into the video!!!

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Great video!
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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jan, 2012 8:16 pm    Post subject: Thank you guys         Reply with quote

Thank you guys it is on line now so all can take a peak

Mn Original our bit starts at about 13 minutes in.

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PS Yes Jean that is your Bill being heat treated Happy
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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jan, 2012 8:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That was great! I could see the amount of passion and pride you have for your work Big Grin You have one of the best jobs in the world
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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jan, 2012 8:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for posting this - pretty cool to see you guys at work.
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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jan, 2012 9:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well, that was exiting for me as I think that the English Bill being shown being heat treated is very probably " mine ". Wink Big Grin Cool

Well, the Dijon mustard treatment I gave it gave it back that strait from the heat treat grey finish I really like a lot.

I already posted a review of this English bill but I'm adding a couple of pics of it again for those who might have missed it.

And yes it does have a nice ring to it if you hit it with anything.

Seeing a piece one has being made, at least a small part of it being made is really trilling.

Also, seeing the shop and some custom pieces + armour not usually seen in the regular catalogue sort of should remind people that A&A can make custom arms and armour not limited to the catalogue selections. Wink Cool



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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jan, 2012 11:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's really neat! I agree, you have the best job in the world. I just went from reading Nathan Robinson's "A big fan of swords" thread and thinking, "I should get rid of some of my pieces," to watching this and thinking, "I really need to order something from Arms and Armor!"
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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jan, 2012 11:33 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ryan McLaurin wrote:
That's really neat! I agree, you have the best job in the world. I just went from reading Nathan Robinson's "A big fan of swords" thread and thinking, "I should get rid of some of my pieces," to watching this and thinking, "I really need to order something from Arms and Armor!"


My constant dilemma, exactly.

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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan, 2012 12:46 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A dilemma that Craig and Chris are good at throwing in our way. Again. And again. Big Grin

Not like that's a bad thing.

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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan, 2012 1:06 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That was actually really cool, guys! Definitely you all's best interview yet. I've got to go on pilgrimage to your shop, someday, when I'm not a poor college graduate seeking full-time employment. Worried Wink
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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan, 2012 1:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Any humongous flamberge blade make it on the show? :-)

I wish I could have seen the show...
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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan, 2012 7:58 am    Post subject: Show now on line         Reply with quote

Hi Chris

You can it is available here on line now Minnesota Original Our bit starts right about min 13, your sword maybe in there it was in some of the racks as they where filming I will have to check.

Thank you all for your appreciation of our efforts. Sometimes when stuff is not going smoothly its tough to remember how lucky we are to still be around and making it happen at some level Happy

Yes that is Jean's bill being done and no I did not have any forearm hair after that Eek!

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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan, 2012 8:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nicely done piece Craig! I like that they let you guys speak for yourselves, with just some tasteful music for accompanyment. Seeing your shop makes me want to come down and visit you some day; I was nearby a couple of times in the 90s but unfortunately was unaware of A&A at that time. Glad though to have an A&A product in the mail right now and another one in the wings.

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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan, 2012 9:02 am    Post subject: Re: Show now on line         Reply with quote

Craig Johnson wrote:

Yes that is Jean's bill being done and no I did not have any forearm hair after that Eek!

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There are easier ways to get rid of arm hair I think. Wink Razz

I guess this means that it was an oil quenching steel and not a water quenching steel. Laughing Out Loud

I was fairly sure that it was my English Bill because the standard version isn't normally heat treated, but I would also add that the extra cost for heat treating was very reasonable and worth it for me to have done.

By the way, as Craig has mentioned in the past many polearms where not heat treated in period and they can function quite well in the unhardened state.

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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan, 2012 9:49 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Craig,
I was able to record the program ... I need to figure out if I can transfer it to a DVD ... I admit to being excited to see the Armor we did making it on the program ... Great promo for you guys ... Hopefully it will lead to renewed interest and sales .
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Tim

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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan, 2012 11:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That was a really wonderful piece! The people involved in the production really did a wonderful job of showing the hard work you guys at A&A do, but moreso I think the interviews with Chris and the showing of the Oakeshott Institute's program for children really put our entire hobby in a very positive light. Well done!
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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan, 2012 11:53 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That was great. I really enjoyed it! Very tastefully done, without all the "pop" that we can see in many programs featuring historical arms and armour.
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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan, 2012 11:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Outstanding! Deep enough to be of interest to insiders, broad enough to serve a general audience. Tasteful, informative, non-sensational. Thank you, public television! Take notes, cable networks.

I loved the whole piece but I was especially taken by Poor's observation that the armourer's tool forms still exist, but at the jeweler's scale. It reminded me of the fantastic miniatures in the Royal Armouries and elsewhere.

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