Einträge getaggt mit Mittelalter
Einträge getaggt mit Mittelalter
Today’s offering to Donar (Thor) since it’s his day (Thursday)
Maille making is a little bit like a dance: one step forward, two to the back… These are the rings, I did scrap while trying to figure out the weave. (Yeah, I know those nice little drawings of maille rings, neatly arranged. But in reality the weave always looks like distorted crap.)
Maybe Donar likes my offering and gives me insight for my next try.
My first little maille patch for my maille standard
Well, finally I started making maille. I never entertained the thought of making a whole maille armor by myself, because I don’t like bending little iron rings, getting cramps in my fingers. But this week, I thought about getting myself a nice maille standard, a collar for the throat, to wear with my plate armor (instead of the very restricting bevor).
Have I told you, that it’s the first time, I tried this? Well, it was nearly the last time, too. These rings are so tiny, so fiddly. And they reek of machine oil. And I don’t see the weave… Finally I managed to get this tiny little patch right. Only around 2000 or 3000 more rings to rivet…
Das ist die Nietzange, die ich über Battlemerchant bezogen habe. Sie sieht mittelalterlich aus und nietet bisher auch ganz gut. Sie hat sogar einen eigenen Namen bekommen. “Tyrannosaurus bolt” passt meiner Meinung nach sehr gut zu dem Teil. Mal sehen wie lange die kleinen Nietpfannen durchhalten.
Alternativ könnte es sich aber auch um eine Kuluppe handeln (wer diese verschrecklichen Viecher kennt, weiß, was ich meine).
Making maille for the first time
In einem Anfall von Selbstüberschätzung habe ich mir in dieser Woche ein Kilogramm Kettenhemdringe, passende Nieten und eine Nietzange bestellt. Heute war vielleicht nicht der beste Tag, um ein neues Handwerk auszuprobieren, da es einen Todesfall in der Familie gegeben hat, aber ich brauchte etwas, um mich abzulenken.
Achja: es soll ein Ringpanzerkragen werden. Falls ich das jemals schaffe.
Our carpenter, Master Albrecht, plans to make some trestle tables for our group, Mediaevalis Cultus. I collected here some blog posts I did in research for him some time ago, so that he can study them conveniently.
The link contains some 13th century illuminations of trestle tables, a modern reconstruction and an instruction on how to build such a table in english.
Currently he is doing a summ up on how much and which wood we’ll need. We are planning to make about four trestle tables, measuring up to two meters lenght and a sufficient number of benches. As soon as the project starts, I’ll do some blog posts about it’s progress.
The completed scabbard with my 15th century kit
Well folks, I geared up to show you, how the new scabbard looks on my 15th century kit. And yes, these are the joined hosen, my tailor made for me. The red and white striped arming points are the ones, I looped over the last year (while watching Game of Thrones).
And for the very keen eyed: No, I haven’t done the leather gloves for the Kienbusch gauntlets you see there, yet. The ones I wear are not stitched to the gauntlets’ leathers.
A foursome: grip, rainguard, scabbard, belt
Finally it’s done. Last years scabbard project has come to a successfull end. Everything you see is made by me, except the metal parts (which were made and tinned by Holger Ratsdorf and Marco di Saro) and the blade itself (made by Jiri Krondak).
I disassembled the grip completely, wrapped the wooden core in linnen, glued on a riser and wrapped it in leather. After that, I attached a rainguard, tooled in a fashion of original finds from the netherlands. The scabbard has a core of hollowed wooden slats, lined with trimmed rabbit fur.
The outside is wrapped in linnen and bone glue. The leather is stitched in place, a metal chape protects the tip. The belt straps are knotted onto the scabbard using Matthieu Harlauts guide.
They are attached to the belt via two hooks (similar to contemporary portraits, e.g. Montefeltro) and a third strap is buckled in the front of the belly.
The last buckle is riveted onto the belt strap
The last few blog entries are not meant as tutorials, but since I shot some more pictures today, I’d like to give you some hints on riveting. At first you’ll need something heavy and sturdy like my little anvil there and a ball peen hammer. A normal hammer with a small peen will do too, but not as fine.
Cut the rivets with pincers and then file it smooth with a metal file. This is important to get an even rivet head. Use some leather under the buckle, you want to rivet, to prevent scratches.
The belt hooks are riveted in place
That is the result of my trial and error method of shortening the belt straps for my new scabbard. The hooks attach to a small buckle (I hope, it will hold the weight…) on the belt.
Yesterdays prayer worked
As you can see, I had to cut some more length from both scabbard straps. I used trial and error to get the right length. That means for every scrap on this picture, I had to get into my breast plate, buckle the belt and adjust the strips, until I found the right set up.