Cheers from the Highlands (of West Virginia, USA)

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    Hi everyone!I'm Matt, a new listener to the BHP. I'm listening from the beginning, so I'm only up to Anglo-Saxon Medicine. I can't believe that I didn't hear about the BHP sooner, as I listen to a ton of podcasts and I have been a huge Albaphile and Celtophile my entire life.In my daytime life, I teach English and Drama, so I'm pretty familiar with a lot of the literature and myths of Great Britain, but it's exciting to delve into the history with more detail than I've explored before. In my other life, I am an amateur historian with a keen interest in the Middle Ages and Scottish history. I make maille armor (chainmail for you fantasy enthusiasts) and jewelry in the same patterns that the Brits and Celts have used for thousands of years, and I study historical swordsmanship and weaponry from several different periods of history, from the migration era to Jacobite Scotland. One of my favorite things recently is being invited to history classes and camps to show off my armor to students and teach them about armor, weaponry, knights, and chivalry.Looking forward to continuing to expand my knowledge through all of you and the BHP.Cheers,Matt

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    A Drama teacher! Nice. Welcome Matt!

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    Hi Matt, that's really cool that you make maille.  Do you go Ren faires and SCA events as well?  If not, you might want to consider it since there are probably a lot of people who would like learn about armor production and use.  :)Welcome to the community!

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    Hello fellow newbie and ring-worker! *waves* Actually I rarely work in metal nowadays but replicating wire jewellery found in dig sites in the Nordics is one of the things we focused on in my school years. (Nowadays I mess around with shorthair wool similar to the types of sheep that would have existed back then, and have discovered to my dismay that all this wool attracts creeping things. I hate creeping things. Metal doesn't attract creeping things. Sigh.)

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