The phrase “chain mail” conjures many different images in people’s minds, from noble knights in Medieval times to divers facing sharks in the tropics. The uses for this seemingly simple mesh of metal rings are almost endless. The past and the present are slowly changing how views and uses of this ingenious mesh will be used in the future.
To know how chain mail will affect our community we must first define some terms that any quick Google search will produce. How do you spell chainmail? Chain mail? Chainmaille? Chainmail is the traditionally correct way to spell the ancient art of linking metal rings together to form a protective barrier from your enemies. In this day and age, however, “chainmaille” is becoming more popular. The French influenced spelling helps internet users find this exquisite jewelry art form more readily. And really it just looks so much cooler! As for chainmail? Well, that type of letter should just end up in your spam folder!
In ancient times, (we are talking Neolithic here), conflicts between two groups were settled mainly at close range man to man. Fertile river valleys and the rise of agriculture lead to a population explosion, which in turn, lead to conflicts and the eventual need for armor. Slowly advancements of metal working in the Age of Iron allowed for a” carburized, or steel like iron,” that enabled cultures like the Assyrians to refine scale like armor into mail shirts. Interlocking rings that make up chainmail quickly found their way in many forms from Japan to Europe. There were two possible methods of producing the rings for the mail. Closed rings were made by punching them from a sheet of metal with a double punch, or by simply punching a hole in a piece of metal and trimming the outside edge. Open rings were usually made from iron wire. There has been (and still is) much controversy as to whether the ancient armorer knew the art of wire-drawing. What historians do know is that as early as the time of Charlemagne chainmail was in demand. Charlemagne built his armies under strict guidelines. In 805 he demanded that any mounted soldier who owned 300 acres of land or more bring a full tunic of chainmail. This
Interlocking rings that make up chainmail quickly found their way in many forms from Japan to Europe. There were two possible methods of producing the rings for the mail. Closed rings were made by punching them from a sheet of metal with a double punch, or by simply punching a hole in a piece of metal and trimming the outside edge. Open rings were usually made from iron wire. There has been (and still is) much controversy as to whether the ancient armorer knew the art of wire-drawing. What historians do know is that as early as the time of Charlemagne chainmail was in demand. Charlemagne built his armies under strict guidelines. In 805 he demanded that any mounted soldier who owned 300 acres of land or more bring a full tunic of chainmail. This mail tunic often covered a soldier’s knees and was split at the side for easier movement. Mil was even mentioned in Anglo-Saxon laws by the 7th century. Fortunately, or unfortunately, the mail tunic would slowly see its replacement by plate mail by the 14th century in response to the rise of the cross bow. The defense that mail gave to the medieval knight was largely based on large slashes from a sword. Mail armor could not stand up to piercing weapons like those inflicted by an arrow. Today medieval knights only run around in historical reenactments, but chainmail is far from dead. Butchers and wood workers often wear steel mesh to protect their hands and arms from accidental knife wounds. “Filmmaker Valerie Taylor was among the first to develop and test shark suits in 1979 while diving with sharks.” Artist now
Today medieval knights only run around in historical reenactments, but chainmail is far from dead. Butchers and wood workers often wear steel mesh to protect their hands and arms from accidental knife wounds. “Filmmaker Valerie Taylor was among the first to develop and test shark suits in 1979 while diving with sharks.” Artists now use lightweight aluminum rings dyed in bright colors, or even rubber rings to create beautiful jewelry. Technology that once was developed to protect a warrior from death in war can now celebrate life in vivid colors. In whatever patterns, you put your rings into, whether it is in an armor 4 in 1 pattern or an elegant byzantine, remember chainmail has had a long history and will evolve into new forms to suit human kind.
Amy Reed found her passion for chainmaille jewelry recently after a day of cleaning out her ever-overflowing craft room. There, in a small box nested inside a larger one, situated under a table, was a small packet of aluminum rings. She was reborn in the glow of her computer while researching chainmaille jewelry. Small rings joined in new exciting ways formed almost magical bonds, and she was hooked. This form of creation was relaxing and kept her interest, and she found herself telling anyone that would listen about this medium. That was when Captive Link Creations was born!
For sources for Amy’s description of the history of chainmail, please see below.
Piedmont Pagan Pride Day will be hosting a fundraising event at Aries Moon Mystical Gifts in Lenoir, NC (map below) called Desserts and Divinations on June 3rd from 3:30 PM to 9:30 PM! We’ll be offering pastries and other scrumptious desserts, as well as tarot readings (and possibly some other types of readings) from several of our community’s gifted readers. Our pastries will be individually priced, while the readings will be $20 for 15-minute readings! All proceeds will benefit Piedmont Pagan Pride Day! We look forward to seeing you at the event and sharing our talents with you, both in the kitchen and in the cards!
RSVP on Facebook at the below Event link or just stop by!
Piedmont Pagan Pride is looking for talented kids and adults alike to submit their drawings, poetry, arts, and crafts to be featured in the PPPD Blog! Those artistic works that are chosen to be featured will be highlighted on the blog, on Facebook, and at the event. All you have to do is send in a picture of your or your child’s submission, along with the below information to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll contact the winners to let them know when to look for their feature!
Artist Name (Daily Used Name):
Preferred Shared Name:
Age (If Under 18, please provide parent’s contact info below as well):
Type of work:
Have a wonderful week!
PPPD Social Media Team
My name is Cameryn Rhosyn, and I’m heading up the Piedmont Pagan Pride Day 2017 Social Media Team (wow, that’s a mouthful). This year, the team and I are beginning a new initiative called Community Spotlights. This initiative will be primarily hosted on our PPPD Blog and reposted to our Facebook Page, and it will include posts that highlight and show appreciation for community groups, creators, vendors, volunteers, and others who make Piedmont Pagan Pride Day the magical event that it is.
Throughout 2017, we will be uploading guest-authored posts, created by leaders in our community and our volunteers, that discuss events, places, businesses, groups, and other pagan-friendly features of our surrounding area. Each author will be highlighted, not just on our website and on our main Facebook Page, but also at the event itself.
Each author’s post will be kept in its original form as best we can to preserve the artistic integrity of each author with changes only occurring in cases of spelling errors and minor technical changes to make the posts more accessible for our visually impaired readers. With that in mind, we hope you enjoy the posts that are soon to come from our contributors, such as Misfit Sanctuary and International Pagan Radio.
Coming up, we’ve planned to have one group and one vendor per month, with additional content between, including a community book list, reviews of non-pagan (but still eclectic) stores, events, poems, and more! There is so much going on in our community, and we’re so excited to see everyone getting so involved and finding new places to go and things to see. If you or someone you know would like to write for our Community Spotlights, please let us know via email at email@example.com.
Our volunteers are hard at work making this the best Piedmont Pagan Pride Day ever, and we’re always looking for more help. If you’re interested in volunteering in any capacity, please send us an email at the address below, and we will be more than happy to help you get involved.
Thank you and Blessed Be,
Cameryn Rhosyn (They/Them/Theirs)
Hey yall! Wanted to let y’all know that starting June 1st, we will be featuring a one of our fabulous PPD vendors
each week here on our website as well as our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.
If you want a sneak peek of our full list of vendors for 2015, just click on the Vendors tab above.
We are really excited for this year’s line up and cant wait to see everyone out there. Thanks so much!! <3
If you are a registered vendor and would like something specific please contact us
at firstname.lastname@example.org with any pictures or information you would like included.
If we don’t hear anything, we will use the information we have on file for you.
Are you a vendor who hasn’t had a chance to register yet? You still have time to join the fun!
Click here to find out all the details how.