We make some armour

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.

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