Ward has been involved with making armor since he discovered the SCA at a fighter practice in Fayetteville and was hooked. Now he uses both modern and old fashioned tools to craft his wares.
"I've always said I'm not an artist, I'm a craftsman," Ward asserted on a cold December afternoon. "I guess I'm coming to terms with being a reluctant artist, but making something that just goes on display never appealed to me. It has to be functional -- and if it looks good, that's candy."