Poision Pen Press

Fighting, Weapons, and Military Books


Art of the Catapult - $16.95

William Gurstelle. With some scrapes of wood, rope, hammer & nails, and this book, you can build seven historic catapults – simple yet sophisticated hurling machines that rely on fundamentals of math and physics, using levers, force, torsion, and traction. Tr paper, 172pp, b/w diagrams & illus, index, glossary, bibliog. Chicago Review Press

 

Backyard Ballistics - $16.95

William Gurstelle. Build potato cannons, paper match rockets, fire kites, tennis ball mortars and more. This step-by-step guide enables ordinary folk to construct 13 awesome ballistic devices using inexpensive household or hardware store material. Clear instructions, diagrams, and photos show you how. With a strong emphasis on safety, the book also provides troubleshooting tips, explains the physics behind each project, and profiles various scientists and experimenters. Tr paper, 169pp, index, b/w diagrams, illus, photos. Chicago Review Press

 

Knives & Scabbards: Medieval Finds from Excavations in London - $37.95
J Cowgill, M de Neergaard, N Griffiths. Reprinted from the Museum of London’s original publication. This catalog details over 500 items found in the archeological excavation of 12th century London middens.25 b/w illos, much highly technical material. For the serious recreationist or craftsman: a classic work of scholarship. Paper,184pp. Boydell & Brewer

 

Pennsic War – VIDEO - $19.95

Reissue of this DVD suitable for showing at demos. Beautifully produced, with excellent music background. Watch This Space.

 

Return to Pennsic - VIDEO Limited Preview Edition- $14.95

A video documentary, with music by Ken Weissman and performances by Wolgemut, Sick, and Clan Tynker. A long time ago, a young man from Brooklyn helped a small team of videographers create a documentary of the SCA’s 20th Pennsic War. Twenty years later, he returned to Pennsic, with a friend who had no idea what he was getting himself into. Join Lord Ervald the Optimistic  and “Simply the Best” G.A. West as they experience Pennsic from two vastly different viewpoints. This preview edition is limited to 100 copies, and comes with an $8 off coupon for any subsequent edition of “Return to Pennsic.” Watch This Space

 

U.S. Against the World - $14.95

America’s first team at Europe’s oldest Sport! With music by Wolgemut and Ken Weissman. In 2012, the first America team went to the Battle of the Nations, the world championships of medieval armored combat, to test their mettle against teams from around the world. This video records the performance of Team USA in singles bouts and melees, showing the team’s toughness, enthusiasm, chivalry, and good will. Includes an interview with the team’s field commander, Andre Sinou, about the development of the team. Watch This Space.

 

Whoosh! Boom! Splat! – $16.95

William Gurstelle. The garage warrior’s guide to building projectile shooters. These are the homemade machines that you’ve dreamed of building, from the high-voltage night lighter 36 spud gun to the jam jar jet, the marshmallow shooter, and the yagua blowgun. Includes detailed diagrams and supply lists, with simple, step-by-step instructions. Tr paper, 159pp, index, b/w diagrams, illus, and photos. Three Rivers Press

 

 


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