Drawing class at KWHSS 2016

Finalizing the prep-work for the class I’m teaching at the 2016 Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, held this year in Salt Lake City. I feel rushed: I spent so much effort completing the Online PicDic, I now have to scramble to get materials together for the class. Luckily, it’s only an hour, and some uncharitable souls claim I can babble for an hour on any topic off the top of my head.

If you’re interested, and in Salt Lake City this weekend (29 April – 1 May 2016), come say hi. Details available here.

Teaching Regional Styles at West Kingdom Collegium

So the Kingdom of the West is holding a small, informal Heraldic Collegium, and I’ll be one of the teachers.  I plan to reprise my class on Regional Heraldic Styles — expanded a bit from when I taught it at Collegium Caidis, a couple of years ago — along with a class comparing the Society’s core heraldic style with those available through an Individually Attested Pattern.

The Collegium is on Saturday, 15 Nov 2014, in Walnut Creek, CA.  Details are available on the West Kingdom’s website, at if you’re interested.  If you find yourself in the area, feel free to drop in!

Heraldic tabards at KWHSS

My wife and I taught our class on Heraldic Tabard Construction at KWHSS this weekend, and it was fun!  Lots of interest in both the slide presentation and the hands-on practicum.  As I promised, I have posted the handouts for the class here on the website, under “Miscellany“, but let me also provide them here.

Just so you’ll know, I intend to post the notes from previous years’ classes here as well, as time permits.  Watch this space.

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PicDic update, redux

Last night I realized that I had inadvertently posted an obsolete entry:  both the text and the illustration for the entry “Martlet” had been revised, but the revision wasn’t what was posted.  I have since corrected both the text and the illustration.  Sorry about that, folks.

Also, as a genuine question, but also to see who’s reading this:  would people find it helpful if I were to simply post the texts of the entries, forgoing the illustrations for the moment, if it meant the entire Dictionary were available?  I’d go back and add the illustrations, of course, but at least the text would be there.  If you’ve an opinion, please share it with me.

PicDic status report

Currently, the Pictorial Dictionary entries include everything up through “Lily”.  Oh, and leaping forward a bit, the entry for “Punner”, with thanks to Cormac Mor.  More to come as quickly as I can post.


Mistholme is my compendium for medieval heraldry, with emphasis on its design and use in medieval and Renaissance re-creation.  The latest version of the Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry is kept here, as well as any monographs or interesting tidbits that I may post from time to time.

I’m always interested in constructive feedback, so feel free to contact me.

This entry was posted on August 28, 2013, in News.

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