Pictish Badger Design
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Pictish Badger Design

One of an ancient people of northern Britain. They remained undefeated by the Romans and in the ninth century joined with the Scots to form a kingdom later to become Scotland.

Any of several carnivorous burrowing mammals of the family Mustelidae, such as Meles meles of Eurasia, having short legs, long claws on the front feet, and a heavy grizzled coat.

To create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner.

Why chain mail?

I was looking for a new hobby, and while surfing the internet, came across a number of sites offering chain mail jewellery. I was already fairly familiar with chain mail as armour from time spent doing live-action role play (or LARP) and from friends who do historical re-enactment. I figured this was something I could do and started making a few bits and pieces for myself. The pieces worked out really well, and as I got more confident I started doing more with it, making pieces for friends and expanding my portfolio. I'm still gathering new ideas and trying new things and trying out new materials, current plans include a dragon scale ring in sterling silver and purple titanium and a riveted mail vest, though the latter is proving very labour intensive, so is getting done in short stints between working on other things.

Why this site?

In September 2004 I got myself a motorbike. As you can possibly imagine, there was a lot of gear that I needed before I could get out on the road and I'm still getting some of that together, plus there's maintenance and servicing, and on top of that, there's more gear that I'd like to get that isn't exactly essential, but would be good to have. In order to fund some of this, I started doing more and more with the chain mail, mostly to friends of friends by word of mouth. That was all very well, but I was limited by not having a suitable platform to display and describe what I could make, hence the website.

Why Pictish Badger Design?

I could be fickle and come back with the answer "Why not?", but that wouldn't be very informative.

I've been fascinated by the monoliths and stone circles that feature so much in the British landscape for years, including the art that decorates some of them for years now. I only really got interested in badgers in about 2000. Some time in 2004, I started wondering if there was any stone art featuring the badger and finding there wasn't, set about designing one to correct this obvious omission. That design got adapted into a tattoo design, which I had done in March '04 and later adapted again when I needed a site name to provide the logo which you see on the front page.

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