In 1988, Andrew returned home from an extensive trip to Europe. After seeing castles and armour in person, he was introduced to several organizations whose primary objective was authentic recreation of Medieval life. However at 15, he could not reconcile the huge expenses needed to buy armour and clothing from specialized craftsmen. So, long before the internet, Andrew endeavored to teach himself the art of armouring, using a piece of railroad track, some modified hammers, and scrap metal. Year by year, he progressed.
Mr. Young continued to research and build scores of armour pieces until college at which point he discovered the interlibrary loan process! Through several years he began to identify and collect rare and out-of-print archeology, museum, armour and history books; a library that now houses thousands of texts. Armed with better research, Mr Young pushed the boundaries of his skill to produce work that was equal to the originals. Doing so also gave him a unique insight into how hard and soft components can truly integrate with physiology and kinetics of the human body. This is an insight he is able to translate into many of his costumes as well as body building and 'orthopedic' devices.
By his early 20s, Mr. Young began receiving invitations from museums and universities to display his reproductions from the Middle Ages and lecture on topics such as technology, history and the creation and evolution of arms and armour. The list of notable patrons includes the Smithsonian Institution: International Gallery in conjunction with the Imperial Austria exhibit. Other notable institutions included the Washington National Cathedral, the Corcoran, Longwood College, George Mason University, Georgetown University, MCI /wc Headquarters, and hundreds of schools annually. By 2005, he had given approximately 1000 lectures and programs on history, technology and culture to all manner of audiences on the East Coast.
In the early to mid-1990s, Andrew was formally asked to work on several films including a piece about Joan of Arc. Working closely with friend and fellow armourer, Master James Arlen Gillespie, Drew specialized in making both body casts and armour building. Mr.Young has remained active in the film and TV industry as well. Early in 2004, Drew was cast as a primary actor in a commercial for Toyota. In October 2004, Drew was commissioned to create pieces as part of a Lord of the Rings promotional event for the Return of the King extended DVD.
Spring boarding off the successes of his Middle Ages and Knighthood presentation, and at the request of countless educators, Andrew began a long term project of producing a Colonial history show. Since 2005, Andrew has spent thousands of hours researching and finding original artifacts or making reproductions.
He has spent countless months, learning the art of early period woodworking as part of a greater theme in his colonial show--the importance of forests, trees, lumber and wood to the colonial movement. In particular he has focused on 17th century "green" oak woodworking using the only known tools and techniques. This research and his mastery of he work has led to several state wide events in Maryland and beyond.
Mr. Young regularly works and discusses with university academicians, archeologists and museum curators. His collaborative research, unique perspectives and experience in education has helped guide many. To that end, Mr Young also runs several large woodworking forums on the internet.
Andrew still takes on both new lecture proposals and commission work for both historical and movie reproductions and will entertain a proposal for a custom lecture for your audience.
Graduate work in progress
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
Event Management Program, 2002
GEORGE MASON UNIVERISTY
BA: History, 1999
OAKTON HIGH SCHOOL
Governor's Seal Diploma, 1992