Ian Stewart has blended his love of the medieval and love of carpentry to create simple, and sometimes not so simple, objects of the middle ages. Practical and starkly beautiful, for reenactors and those who wish a historic air to their homes, each handmade piece will be treasured for generations.
Ian Stewart first started working in a carpentry shop in college at SUNY New Paltz in 1996, where he was pursuing a career in Technical Theater, with a minor in Medieval European History. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Preservation Studies at Boston University’s School of American and New England Studies.
Some of the productions required that he craft medieval reproductions for use on stage, and their sturdy, useful design remained inspirational.
It was during these years that he became involved with the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. What initially began as an assignment and became a hobby would later become a career.
After several years on the road working for as a rigger in various theaters, Ian went to work as a restoration craftsman at Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz, New York.
Soon after, Ian went to work for the esteemed millwright Jim Kricker, the man he feels he truly apprenticed to. During his time with Jim, he worked on mills and barns, perfecting his woodworking, timber-framing, black-smithing and masonry skills. Ian has also worked for Historic Hudson Valley as one of their restoration crew, responsible for the care and upkeep of four famed historic sites in the Sleepy Hollow region of New York.
Constantly researching and building, Ian Stewart keeps alive the traditional art and craftsmanship valued throughout the centuries.