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by saxon
Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Multi Period Market
Replies: 7
Views: 2442

Multi Period Market

Possible NEW event being planned at an exclusive Cheshire stately home for traders of all periods. There will be 31 x 6ft spaces available altogether for this proposed one day event (if succesful would be two days the next time), at the moment looking at November time-ish. Spaces will be £75 per tra...
by saxon
Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:45 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Tudor Thigh Boots
Replies: 3
Views: 3082

Tudor Thigh Boots

Anybody got any good illustrations of mens Tudor boots ? also a pattern if possible ..... much obliged :)
by saxon
Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tudor Thigh Boots
Replies: 1
Views: 1072

Tudor Thigh Boots

Anybody got any good illustrations of mens Tudor boots ? also a pattern if possible ..... much obliged :)
by saxon
Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Period Maille
Replies: 70
Views: 10745

Re: Period Maille

Can be regional variations (Europe) and manufacturer, mostly flat and half round wire for links with wedge riveting, complete round wire rings seemed to re-emerge slightly about 1500 (although they hadn't disappeared completely prior to that) ......... bit more time consuming to make the half round.
by saxon
Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:25 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Flint Knappers
Replies: 7
Views: 5996

Flint Knappers

Are there still a few of you who do this ancient skill ? any more taken it up since a previous topic similar ?
by saxon
Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:47 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Advice on Swords.
Replies: 30
Views: 13921

Re: Advice on Swords.

Have a tri-lobed Viking sword by Armourclass (bulletproof ! ) and an exact 13th century copied sword by Paul Binns ( fantastic balance ! ) ....... would go for either again .......... personal taste and as has been said try them at a trading event first and see what suits yourself ....... personal p...
by saxon
Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:13 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Chester Roman Festival 2011
Replies: 3
Views: 1851

Re: Chester Roman Festival 2011

:thumbup: :thumbup:
by saxon
Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: aventail
Replies: 11
Views: 4114

Re: aventail

Use flat head steel or brass rivets and drill the lace (or wire) hole in them. Drill the hole just far enough along to give you enough room for the leather strip and also the threading material - again either wire or lace. They don't twist or turn once the leather of the aventail is fitted over them...
by saxon
Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scale aventail
Replies: 2
Views: 1195

Re: Scale aventail

Depictions in armour from illuminations of this period can vary enormously, as you say mail could be done 'loosely' in these illuminations which gives us the impression that it may be of some other form of armour. Scale aventails were not uncommon in the Middle-Eastern areas and indeed further East ...
by saxon
Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:34 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What does "Norton" mean?
Replies: 5
Views: 2659

Re: What does "Norton" mean?

Another good example is Norton in Runcorn .......... location of the fabulous priory remains :)
by saxon
Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:30 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Craftspeople
Replies: 17
Views: 4392

Craftspeople

Just a thought ....... those of you who actually do a craft or trade as part of living history and also for a living ...... what was - or is it - about that particular craft/trade that made you want to take it up and demonstrate it /make a living from it ? were you a natural at it and is it possibly...
by saxon
Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Period Maille
Replies: 70
Views: 10745

Re: Period Maille

You also have to take into account when examining original mail (i.e over 400 years old) that the overlap and rivet heads will be worn with time, 'newly' made riveted mail can have an almost perfect overlap and riveting but will still have that 'newness' about it ............. very few of the later ...
by saxon
Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:43 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Period Maille
Replies: 70
Views: 10745

Re: Period Maille

There is no fixed way of mail making and each master would have had his own way of finishing and riveting the rings. The increase to all riveted is somewhere in the 14th century with varying examples from all over europe - and even Russian examples. Solid links when analysed metallurgically are coil...
by saxon
Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:14 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Events Being Organised For 2011 That Need Traders ?
Replies: 1
Views: 550

Events Being Organised For 2011 That Need Traders ?

Am looking to get back into the trading next year after a couple of years away ,,,,,,,,,, anyone looking for a craft demonstrator for an event next year I would be most grateful for the details :)

http://restorer.webs.com/
by saxon
Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:58 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: My arms fell off
Replies: 9
Views: 2169

Re: My arms fell off

I can make pins or needles to whatever spec you need :)
by saxon
Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Making Rivited Mail
Replies: 3
Views: 628

Just a thought but maybe just put a bit of grease on them just to hold them in place.
by saxon
Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Making Rivited Mail
Replies: 3
Views: 628

Colin - depends what hardness the metal is for the rivets. For 'fiddly' restoration work I made a special pair of pliers that allow you to 'squeeze' the rivet into place then peen over with another set with 2 different sized domings in them. For heavier mail (thicker wire) which requires tougher met...
by saxon
Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Creases in woollen cloak
Replies: 3
Views: 984

Creases in woollen cloak

Folded away a heavy duty hooded woollen cloak some months ago and now it's full of crease marks I didn't want ............ anyone any tips as to how to get these out ?? many thanks
by saxon
Thu Jul 10, 2008 7:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Anybody doing Crusader stuff ?? (Templars or Hospitallers)
Replies: 9
Views: 1479

Brendan - doesn't really have to be the crusades but definitely that period ! :wink:
by saxon
Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Anybody doing Crusader stuff ?? (Templars or Hospitallers)
Replies: 9
Views: 1479

Anybody doing Crusader stuff ?? (Templars or Hospitallers)

Any groups who concentrate on the Crusades ???
by saxon
Sun Jan 27, 2008 7:24 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: viking age sword and pommel (question)
Replies: 20
Views: 5146

The depth of fuller also depended on the thickness of the blade, as well as making the blade lighter and easier to wield it also helped to give some 'flexibility' to the blade ........... the consistency and tempering of the finished item being crucial ! most iron swords - as proved by many finds - ...
by saxon
Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:18 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Anyone trading at the LARP fair in feb?
Replies: 11
Views: 1453

Does it get well attended ??
by saxon
Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:29 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Neck protection mid/late 13th century
Replies: 37
Views: 4141

Quite possible Colin, I wouldn't discount that either. If you cut flat leather strips from a well tanned (but obviously not too thick) hide it is fairly robust. Maybe worth trying a few 'mock up' ones with each method just to see for experimentation purposes, I think it would also boil down to what ...
by saxon
Tue Dec 25, 2007 10:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Neck protection mid/late 13th century
Replies: 37
Views: 4141

Have looked into these before ............ could be stitching done with leather thonging, or could be rivets. Definitely a seperate item worn over the neck of the hauberk, as the VAST majority of mail hauberks at this time were still very much with integral coif. It's one of those items where people...
by saxon
Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:21 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rust on Chainmail
Replies: 22
Views: 3355

All of the above :)
by saxon
Mon Jun 11, 2007 11:16 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Who the hell are you?
Replies: 520
Views: 49723

Yeah ??!! you and who's army ?? :lol:
by saxon
Fri Jun 01, 2007 9:36 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Shield strapping arrangement
Replies: 9
Views: 1601

Lots of different combinations as has been said, and as also said most are to suit the individual ............. everybody's body is different - as it were ! The 'guige' is quite often only shown as being around the neck on horse mounted Knights ............ and is as said quite a good target to aim ...
by saxon
Thu May 31, 2007 5:00 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Shield strapping arrangement
Replies: 9
Views: 1601

Mac ....... could probably be a combination of fixings i.e. personal choice or a 'mass produced' batch with standardised strapping, best to go with what suits you and the angle you wish to hold the shield at.

couple of examples of ones I've made previously -
by saxon
Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:14 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: rust
Replies: 8
Views: 2143

Depends on the type of steel, natural oxidisation will form a rust on armour if left, even more so if you don't ever wipe it clean after handling. Depends how much of a 'rust' finish you want it to have :wink: I presume you mean similar to 'russeting' ?
by saxon
Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:36 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Dragons breath
Replies: 26
Views: 3984

lidimy wrote:yr 7s like anything that means they dont have to write....


True ! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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