Well here it is, the official blog for Studio Kensai, my multimedia art studio. My name is Michael Cook, and I'm a full time armor and weapon maker. I'd like to thank my good friend, Jo, for setting up Livejournal for me. This is my first actual blog so I'm sure it will be an interesting experience. :) I've never really been into the whole blogging thing, mainly because I never really knew what to write. In the grand scheme of things, my day to day life doesn't have a whole lot of excitement going for it.
However, I do make pretty cool armor and weapons. That's something fairly interesting to write about. I recently went into business for myself, making armor, costuming, and weapons. Before then, I was an armor maker for a costume manufacturing company for three years. Way before that, I was a martial arts instructor and close quarters combat instructor for Sullivan County Sherriff's Department. So I bring all of those experiences and my historical research to my armor and weapons. Even my fantasy inspired pieces are based on principles used in real armor. Therefore, they are actually more comfortable to wear than one might think. This was a video made for DragonCon where I get to explain some of what goes into what I do. The Inside The Con documentary has me at 2:22 into the video. So there is the shameless plug portion of the blog. ;-p I am still working on the official Studio Kensai website where people can order the goodies I make. Although anyone who comes across this blog and sees the pictures, can feel free to contact me by email and order stuff. I do a lot of custom work, so the sky's the limit. My email addy can be found in my Bio, but here it is just in case - firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'd like to take this opportunity to give a wave to those near and dear to me. Thanks again Jo, and good hunting to Anna ;). Hey Daniel, the mini helmet is going to help me a lot. :) Thanks to Mel and Chris and all of you at Arms of Middle Earth, hope to see at least some of you at ConNooga! To my best friend, Hey Kris, I'm finally back online! To Anna W., it's all your fault - thank you again. :) Hello to my friends at The One Ring.net, and AlleyCatScratch.com. A big hey goes out to my friend, Nate. Wishing the best for Les, Steve, Jon S., Jon F., Kevin, Ryan, and James V. To Jadd, Chad, Aaron, Josh, and Mike - wherever you are, I hope fortune smiles upon you. To Brandi, I hope life finds you happy and well. A special thanks to Durwin Talon, one of the best professors I have ever had the privilege to learn from. To Jason in Savannah, it looks like we're still going to be here for a while. To my new friends, Blue and Relay, you guys rock my face off. Hugs to my little sister, Becky, one of the bravest people I know. Can't forget to mention my local gang. A rocket punch to Philip, who's always got my back. A stiff drink to Kelly, my sister foodie. A KOL salute to Erik. Special thanks to Charles and Maria. Sympathies to Pat for his unforgiving work schedule. Yatta! to Jessie for introducing us to Heroes. A Can't Thank You Enough For Everything to my parents-in-law. And finally to my partner in crime, Abi, my wife of twelve years, WHHHEEEEEEE!