My name is David Savedge and I am a blacksmith and an artist. I started smithing and metal working as a child and trained with a Journeyman Blacksmith at Jamestown Settlement and a Master Brass Founder at Colonial Williamsburg. I have finally built a basic shop on my farm, Ravenstead. It's a simple shop reminiscent of the 17th century forge I worked in at Jamestown.
Ravenstead is my home and family business, with smithing becoming a bigger part of what I do to provide. This current project will help better establish the blacksmithing shop at Ravenstead.
When I'm not working on the farm or smithing, I'm thinking about games and gaming. I love classic tabletop role-playing games.
I had a blast making my last three Kickstarter Projects, Forged Iron Protection Runes: A Tabletop RPG Token , Dragon Scales: A Tabletop RPG Game of Chance and Scrying Dice: A Tabletop RPG Runic Accessory.
I am excited to share my new project, Dice Vaults and Treasure Coins: Tabletop RPG Accessories! I wanted to bring another unique project to the gaming table that involved some of my favorite mediums: iron, copper, and pewter. Let me show you a little more about each of the rewards I am offering with this project:
Dice Vaults in Polished Copper and Blue Patina Copper
With this reward you will receive a handcrafted copper dice vault and a free set of polyhedral dice. The vaults come in polished copper or feature a rich blue patina. The patina is protected with a wax finish and will become more dynamic and vibrant over time, due to natural aging. The patina process I am using is the same process I developed for my copper artwork, featured in my Etsy Store. Please feel free to browse my artwork to see larger examples of this ever-varying technique. The cap is a smooth fit and slides up and down on a leather cord. There is enough room in the vault for a couple of extra dice.
Treasure Coins in Fine Pewter
With this reward you will receive a hoard of pewter coins featuring a rich antique silver finish. Each coin is cast, hammered, and struck by hand from fine Pewter. Pewter has a weight and jingling sound unlike less expensive metals, such as zinc or steel. These coins have a real intrinsic value that sets them apart from other gaming coins. The coins also showcase a raised design on one side and are smooth on the other, perfect for gaming, LARP and gifting.
"Tiwaz" Inspiration Token Worry Coin
With this reward you will receive a hand forged one of a kind "Tiwaz" Rune. This token makes a great marker for tabletop RPG games and doubles as a worry or fidget coin. The rune is forged from steel and features a beeswax finish, slightly dished face, deeply embossed rune, and a smooth back. It has a great feel in the hand with a satisfying weight.
The money I earn with this project will go towards improving my blacksmith shop and developing my Etsy Store. In terms of shop improvements, we are looking at building a larger work space here at Ravenstead. This would involve pouring a concrete slab, construction of a building, running power to the building, and the monumental task of equipping the shop with forges and other heavy equipment. It will be a long process and the first step will be site planning, surveys, and drafting of plans. If you're anything like me, you like to know the behind-the-scenes details of a project like this. I would like to share this process with you, so some of the funds from this project will go towards establishing a stronger presence on YouTube and towards developing a Patreon Page. Anything left over will go towards coal for the ever-hungry forge, and other consumables such as metal files, wire brushes, and metal stock.
(c) 2018 - 2019 David Savedge
Risks and challenges
I have carefully estimated my time and available resources; i.e. coal, metal, tools, and the occasional cup of mead. I feel very confident, barring a freak accident, that I can have everyone's rewards delivered by the end of June. I have confidence in this project, so I have already begun production of the promised rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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