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Ari (AKA The Turnip of Terror) is a medieval reenactment and living history participant, historical weapons martial artist, and armor enthusiast. He has participated in living history and reenactment activities both professionally and as a hobby since 2006. He got his start in 19th century maritime living history as well as a come and go member of the SCA. The Turnip of Terror website and its related Facebook, Instagram, and Patreon pages are where Ari documents his progress of developing and vetting an authentic living history impression as well as documenting his foibles so others aspiring to do the same can avoid the same pitfalls. He maintains reliable link and resource lists, shares reviews of events, interviews with prominent figures in the hobby, tips, product reviews, videos, community resources, etc. delivered with a unique blend of humor and heart.

Ari is also the co-host of the How Two Medieval Podcast, a show focused on laying out basic medieval living history and reenactment concepts in an easy to digest audio format.

He contributes a recurring article to the online magazine Explosive Runes called “Beatsticks” adding historical context to the weapons of fantasy role-playing games.

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Your print articles are awesome.

Chris Kerr (01/24/2020)

The Turnip of Terror is a fantastic way for people to learn about the world of medieval reenactment. It’s a great resource for those starting out in reenactment, and a great source to be utilized by veteran reenactors as well.

Matt Blazek (02/28/2020)

The man behind The Turnip of Terror is extremely knowledgable about living history. When there are new things to learn, he does the work to research what needs to be discovered with the correct information. He also keeps things fresh and interesting on his page. There is always something to be explored. Check him out!

Karley (02/28/2020)