Welcome to Casks and Quivers! I started this site/blog to discuss issues associated with two of my favorite activities: Brewing and Archery.  As a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, I have interest in how these activities occurred in the Middle Ages as well as in more modern times. I am particularly interested in finding modern scientific support for Medieval practices.  Recently, I developed an interest in researching the history of the WWII destroyer, USS Patterson, U.S. submarine war patrol reports, and poetry written in January 1 deck logs of ships during WWII. If you would like to know more about me “mundanely” and my SCA persona click on the about tab in the menu.  If you have any questions, feel free to email me or use this contact form.

My friend, Gary Guinn, teamed up with me to author a book about the US Navy tradition of writing the first deck log entry of the New Year in verse. The book is now available order from McFarland Books. See the Midwatch in Verse page here.

“A unique and original telling of the story of the US Navy in World War II. A humane and delightful look at young officers in wartime called on to perform the most incongruous of duties—to write a poem in the place of a deck log. Midwatch in Verse informs, delights, and reveals a side of the US Navy known only to the few. Highly recommended.”


Admiral James Stavridis, author of “To Risk It All: Nine Conflicts and the Crucible of Decision” and “2034: A Novel of the Next World War.” Sixteenth Supreme Allied Commander at NATO – 2009-2013.

We also developed a new website for the Midwatch in Verse tradition.


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