For those who don’t know, I met my beloved husband at the New York Renaissance Faire. (You can see my post of May 31, 2011 if you want any background – I wrote about him there). He was a leather craftsman at the time, working with his mentor/partner in their booth – LeatherWorx. It was 2001 and his 11th year as a leather craftsman at the Faire. He continued working for LeatherWorx at the Faire the following summer – 2002 – though that was his last year working at LeatherWorx as we made our relationship official shortly after that when he moved up to our village full-time and Hawk Studio was founded.
Hawk Studio has functioned on many different levels in the past 13 years. We have had stores in two villages, we have had booths at different types of community events and we have had booths at smaller weekend Renaissance Faires and the New York Faerie Festival. Throughout this time we continued to take our growing family to the New York Renaissance Faire during the summer because, well, that is just a part of who we are. Chip maintained his friendships with all those wonderful folks we would see each summer and we would regularly talk about whether it was time to go back – to have our own booth at the Faire. We thought we would do it in 2014, but we always seemed to have reasons why we could not do it each year and 2014 was no exception.
But this spring we took the plunge. Chip contacted Dale – who coordinates the vendors – and put in an application. Not surprisingly, he was accepted. But by the time we knew for sure we were in, we had only a short amount of time to pull it all together.
The first hurdle was a booth. Were we going to build a booth; rent a booth; rent a tent; buy a tent, try to make a tent, build a vardo/booth on a trailer base – we went all over the map with ideas and research. Chip spent hours on the internet researching tents and how to construct them and we did field trips to look at our options on building a portable booth on a trailer base. There was a possible booth for rent at the Faire but someone else had first dibs on it – and they took it. We were not many months ahead of opening day and we still had not figured out this issue. The only thing we knew was that the screen house we had been using for shows was NOT going to work at Faire.
That is when our friends Kevin and Hildy Hallisey jumped in.
Kevin had a 10 x 10 tent that he was not using which he offered to Chip to use for the season to help get us down there.
Whew!! That offer made it possible for us to not only get to Faire but to finally stop worrying about booth space.
This is what is great about Faire. People look out for one another. We try to help each other.
It was soooooo good to be back with those friends again.
Once we knew what we were going to use as a tent and the size, the next problem was where at the Faire should we set up. So Chip and the boys went down to the site with their tape measures and looked at sites.
They found a perfect site near the Chessboard – shady, no shops on the other side of the road and best of all – right next to Kevin and Hildy’s Halfmoon booth.
There was alot of running back and forth to Faire while we were setting up and it was a little wearing on the boys.
We were able to get gravel for the floor of the booth from Chip’s brother Jimmy and pavers were lent to us by the Faire. Jesse did alot of the work on setting the floor of our booth. So much so that he earned some extra money helping to lay gravel at another booth too. He is turning into my construction dude. 🙂
Chip worked on ways to enlarge the booth by removing the walls of the tent and expanding beyond its perimeter.
He built wooden walls for the back of the booth to hang our product from and set up tables and benches for display and work. We even had our “back room” where we kept most of our stuff in our trunks and extra production was done.
Chip worked late into the night at the booth, building inventory by candlelight.
What was really wonderful was how we were welcomed back at Faire. We literally sold almost all of Chip’s work. We found out that we won best new booth at the end of the year vendor/actor’s party. That felt really good.
There is alot of work to show you that Chip did that I will save for later posts.
For now, I want to wish you a happy December 26th – my personal favorite day of the year (yes – the day when its all finally DONE!!) and get to working on some new blog posts to get us moving into this next calendar year. It is going to be a busy one.
I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season, whatever your holidays are, and that life has treated you well this year. 2015 was a lot of work for our family and we are really hoping that 2016 just builds on what we were able to accomplish. I am hoping to show you alot of that in the coming year. Thank you for checking in. 🙂
Onward and Upward.