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Re: Helmet Workshop

... the finish was." "If somebody could afford a helmet, historically they weren't very common then, they'd want them looking as good as possible and labour was cheap." arguament. :) You also need to start with a good even finish if you want to brown it which is Barry's intention. ...
by Andrea L Redden
Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:02 pm
Forum: Historic Martial Arts, Arms and Armour
Topic: Helmet Workshop
Replies: 3
Views: 6566

Re: First foray into leatherwork.

... small fragments with paired thong slits (15738, 15740-1), not recognisable as shoe components, may represent the highly fragmentary remains of possible drawstring purses and were recovered in contexts of 10th-century date. Better preserved was one small pouch (15739) of sheepskin or goatskin ...
by Andrea L Redden
Mon Jun 30, 2008 11:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: First foray into leatherwork.
Replies: 13
Views: 17089

Re: knives and things

... from Coppergate (which the York Archaeological Trust have recently reprinted if anybody wants a copy) are all whittle tangs. “It is not usually possible to establish the extent to which the length of the handle corresponded to the length of the tang but on 2863 and 2909, where handles survive, ...
by Andrea L Redden
Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:20 am
Forum: Early-Medieval
Topic: knives and things
Replies: 16
Views: 21031

Re: knives and things

Hey John, I'd hit Cookson Gold on Grafton Street - a bullion trader and supplier of everything you could ever possible need to make jewellery. They sell wire by the metre, in differing mm thicknesses. You can download their catalogue at as you may need ...
by tri
Mon Jun 23, 2008 12:02 pm
Forum: Early-Medieval
Topic: knives and things
Replies: 16
Views: 21031


... two or three have been found in scandinavia, so compare that with 800+ swords and 3000+ spears catalogued, the case for helmets is pretty weak. If possible, it's best not to wear a helmet when doing Viking stuff, unless you have the kit for a noble, or need to wear it for safety reasons. I usually ...
by the_power
Thu Jun 19, 2008 12:02 pm
Forum: Late Medieval
Topic: Medieval irish helmets
Replies: 55
Views: 103731

Re: Swordplay: Flat or Edge?

... time to alter the shot to make it a slap rather than a cut - kind of like delivering a cuff around the ear. Of course, with my falchion the only possible attack is with the flat - it is hard to see an edge on attack on someone NOT in plate NOT breaking bones (I could have strcutured that sentence ...
by brendan
Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:25 am
Forum: Historic Martial Arts, Arms and Armour
Topic: Swordplay: Flat or Edge?
Replies: 8
Views: 8202

Re: Before the Celts?

Some authors say that before Celtic Culture arrived on the island, it was Pictish. this is highly debated though. there is possible evidence of this in the mention by irish scholars, esp in the annals, of "Cruithni/Cruithne" in the north of the country, which is the term also ...
by Freebeard
Sat Jun 07, 2008 12:39 pm
Forum: Pre-History
Topic: Before the Celts?
Replies: 35
Views: 45112

The Kilmichael Ambush

... at Clogher. The column had just 35 rounds for each rifle as well as a handful of revolvers and two mills bombs (hand grenades). Barry scouted possible ambush sites on horseback and selected one on Macroom-Dunmanway road, on the section between Kilmichael and Gleann, which the Auxiliaries coming ...
by Na Fianna Éireann
Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:54 pm
Forum: 20th Century
Topic: Ambushes of the War of Independence
Replies: 26
Views: 59391

Viking-age baretta

... someone could get me some more information on it please ? At the time I drew a sketch of it which is here - If possible I would like a photo plus an idea of what size it is. Yours in hope, Pete - Guthroth
by guthroth
Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:44 am
Forum: Early-Medieval
Topic: Viking-age baretta
Replies: 5
Views: 4349

Re: Gael with mail ?

... and try to make it such a size, so that it will be covered neatly by the mail. That way You either have a piece of garment in a quite a simple and possible shape that might be used back then, and even if it's too much a guess rather than proper reconstruction, You always have some under-mail protection. ...
by carraig
Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:42 pm
Forum: Early-Medieval
Topic: Gael with mail ?
Replies: 10
Views: 10662

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