The wwoofers have been keen to learn some armouring. I made up some vinyl patterns based on Gwynfor’s Munitions Armour. Pat and Nicky cut the pieces out and we’ve been putting a couple of sets together.
Armouring is quite a complicated task, and each step needs a different set of tools and consumables. I was going to set up the armouring workshop anyway, and Pat’s interest has pushed us a bit faster down that track.
My friend Jeff in Adelaide made me some curved forms many years ago. After being away on long-term loan, these have now made their way back to me. Along with a rawhide hammer (expensive!), we can again do fabulous smooth curves. Alas, I don’t have a suitable workbench yet, and we’re beating out the armour on top of an old packing crate.
I sourced some bifurcated rivets and buckles from Dutaillis Saddlery in Goulburn. They know a number of other locals interested in things medieval, so I will need to follow that up.