Od luka i strele do viteškog festivala

From bow and arrow to the knight festival

Puno je obično neobičnih ljudi. Oni su posebna vrsta koja je tu sa nama, a u mislima negde u nekom uvek interesantnom svetu. Isti, a drugačiji, od njih možemo puno toga videti i naučiti. Predstavljam vam dvojicu od njih, oca i sina, Dimitra i Penka Cankov, poreklom iz Bugarske, tačnije iz mesta Varna.

There is alot of unordinary people. They’re a special kind, that is here with us and in their minds always somewhere in their own interesting place. Same, but different, from them we can see and learn alot of things. I am presenting You two of them, father and son, Dimitar and Penko Tsankov, Bulgarian origin, more precisely from Varna.


Hobi koji ih izdvaja od drugih je prilično neuobičajen za ove prostore. Bave se izradom oružja i oruđa, delova garderobe, svakodnevno upotrebnih predmeta iz ranog gvozdenog doba do srednjeg veka i delom sredine 19. veka. Između ostalog tu su sekire, noževi, strele, štitovi, koplja, kožne torbice, veliki asortiman drvenih predmeta, svećnjaka, posuda… Sve je izrađeno ručno, sa puno pažnje i vremena posvećenog detaljima. Ističu saradnju sa mnogim muzejima i mogu se pohvaliti da su se njihovi proizvodi dobro pokazali na tržištu Amerike, Norveške, Holandije, Poljske, Mađarske i Italije. Ove godine su se obreli u Srbiji, na viteškom festivalu „Just Out“, koji se već tradicionalno održava u Despotovcu, u neposrednoj blizini manastira Manasija. Ne kriju svoje oduševljenje samim festivalom, organizacijom, ljudima, a posebno hranom. „Srbi su pokazali neverovatno gostoprimstvo i divnu organizaciju! Nije bilo mnogo povrća. Na svakom festivalu je pečen ceo vo“, Dimitrov je utisak, koji je podelio sa fb prijateljima. Zbog svih stečenih utisaka veruje da će ovaj festival izrasti u najbolji te vrste u čitavoj Evropi.

Hobby that seperates them from other people is pretty unusual for these areas. Their hobby is making tools and weapons, clothing, every day items from early iron age to middle ages and part of mid 19. century. In between everything else there’s axes, knives, arrows, shields, spears, leather bags, big assortment of wooden items, candlesticks, bowls… Everything’s made handmade, with alot of attention and time dedicated to the very small details. They stand out their cooperation with museums and they can proudly say that their products have been greatly shown on the American, Norwegian, Dutch, Polish, Hungarian and Italian market. This year they’ve visited Serbia on a knight festival „Just Out“ which has been traditionally held in a city Despotovac, pretty close to monastery Manasija. They do not hide their excitement towards the festival, organization, people and especially food. „Serbians have showed amazing hospitality and beautiful organization! There were not alot of vegetables. On every festival there was entire bull cooked for the participants!“, is Dimitri’s impression that he shared with his Facebook friends. Because of his impressions he believes that this festival will become the best medieval festival in Europe.


Ljubav prema izradi ovakvih predmeta Penko je stekao još u ranom detinjstvu, fasciniran radom kovača u rodnom selu. Počeo je sa izradom luka i strele, a ljubav prema ovom hobiju, može se reći i poslu, preneo je i na sina Dimitra. On mu se od svoje šeste  godine ravnopravno pridružio. Oca i sina Cankov karakteriše izuzetna pristupačnost, otvorenost, odaju utisak svestranih ljudi. Tako Dimitar, komandir oklopne mehanizovane jedinice pri vojsci Bugarske, kaže da sem u svom poslu, izradi srednjovekovnih predmeta, uživa u knjigama, muzici i radu na video projektima, kao pomoćnik režisera i savetnik za specijalne efekte.

Love for making these kinds of stuff Penko has gotten as early as his childhood, fascinated by the work of blacksmiths from the village. He started with making bows and love for this hobby even job you could say has been transferred on his son Dimitar too. He has joined him in making weapons when he was just 6. Father and Son Tsankov charactarizes amazing accessibility, openness, they give away the felling of very versatile people. So from that Dimitar, commander of armored mechanized platoon of Bulgarian army says that except his job, making items from middle ages also enjoys books, music and work on video projects as director’s assistant and advisor for special effects.

Pitanje koje je po meni ukras jednog teksta ovog tipa, je ono koje se odnosi na anegdote, odnosno neobične situacije. Tako Dimitar ističe situaciju u kojoj je padao non stop, jer je prvi put obuo kožne čizme, kakve su se nosile u srednjem veku.Dodaje kao interesantnu borbu pet na pet, u kojoj je jedan od učesnika, zbog opšte gužve prvo greškom eliminisao članove svog tima, a zatim sam uspeo da pobedi suprotan tim.

Question that is in my opinion a “decoration” of texts this type is the one that has correlation with anegdotes aka unusual situations. That way Dimitar is telling us the situation in which he was falling non stop because it was his first time wearing leather boots made like the ones in middle ages. He’s adding another situation as an interesting fight 5 versus 5 in which one of the participants because it was crowded eliminated three of his teammates and then has beaten the entire enemy team by himself.


Zajedno sa fotografijama, ovaj tekst formira pravu „sliku“ o ovim ljudima. Malo je onih, koji u današnje vreme drže do tradicije, ističu pretke, a opet ostaju otvoreni za saradnju i druženje sa ostatkom sveta, poštujući pri tome tuđe običaje, gostoprimstvo i radujući se novim druženjima.

Together with these pictures, this text forms the real „image“ about these people. There is not alot of people who in today’s time stick to tradition and stand out their ancestors and still stay open for cooperation and hanging around with rest of the world, respecting someone else’s traditions, hospitality and being excited about new people to talk with.

 tekst: Suzana i Vojin Bogdanović         
foto: Nenad Bogdanović