Artist-at-Work: Medieval Arms and Armor


Sunday, July 10, 2022, at 11 am

Sunday, July 10, 2022, at 1:30 pm

Sunday, August 28, 2022, at 11 am

Sunday, August 28, 2022, at 1:30 pm

Museum Courtyard

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How did knights get their shining armor? Join master blacksmith Tony Swatton and discover how plain metal sheets were transformed into ornate pieces of medieval arms and armor. Meet the artist, ask questions, and then explore completed gauntlets, helmets and more in this free, drop-in program for visitors of any age.

Demonstrations occur at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Complements the exhibition The Fantasy of the Middle Ages.

Tony Swatton is the proprietor of local armory The Sword and Stone. He has been forging armor, swords, helmets, and shields for over 35 years. If you've seen an action movie, music video, or video game with a cool-looking dagger or suit of gleaming metal, chances are it came from his armory. Some fan favorites include the Infinity Gauntlet for Marvel, Hook from Hook, Zorro's Sword in The Mask of Zorro, Captain Jack’s sword for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and most recently, Denzel Washington's crown in The Tragedy of MacBeth. Musical artist have performed in his creations including Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, and more. AAA Video Game Companies, including Riot Games Ubisoft, Blizzard, and Sony, have partnered with Tony and The Sword and the Stone to create fan-favorite activations and series where legendary weapons and armor are forged into being for YouTube, E3, Blizzcon and more. Check out the Man at Arms YouTube series or Relics of Runeterra with Riot Forge.

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