Hi, I'm Steve Evans known to some as Melles
Melles means "badger", a nickname given to me by some of my fellow re-enactors because of the whitening of my beard
I like to think that I am an experienced re-enactor, an archer of the fifteenth century but mainly a scrivener portraying various periods and demonstrating many of the lettering styles throughout history. Using only home made ink and hand cut quills gives the necessary "feel" to the work and I can explain the methods used and the reasons for their use. All of the examples which are available to handle are my own work including the books, bound using techniques as old as the codex itself. If you've never used a quill before then come to see me and try it out. It's the finest writing instrument available.
In 2004, with the most welcome encouragement and kind permission of the Custodians and CADW, I became the "resident" scrivener at Chepstow Castle where I appear on occasions throughout the year. My local venue is Tintern Abbey and, again with the blessing of the custodian and CADW, I can be found there, in my own little room, on weekends and some other days throughout the year.
I hope that you find this site of interest and, perhaps, helpful in your journey through our fascinating history, and yes, to my many friends in the USA, it's your history too. I would welcome your feedback, good or bad, as well as any relevant pieces which you have written and would like to be included. I look forward to hearing from you
How did I get into re-enactment?
In common with many re-enactors who have older children, it was my son who did it. My wife and myself were interested in castles and the period and he was, of course, interested in swords and the martial side. We attended an event at Chepstow Castle where he was handed a sword and invited to attack a pell. This gave rise to our joining the group and progressing from there. Needless to say, in common with parents who have older children, he is no longer involved, but we are.