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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Non-kinky leatherwork

This past week I tried my hand at some simple leatherwork in an attempt to make some items for my Medieval and Renaissance collection. Using some old belts, scrap leather and rivet studs, this is what I ended up with:


I cannot take credit for the scabbard or mace.....but everything else.....including that lovely flail.....was made by little ol' me.

My annual RenFaire is not for many months, but gifts from both my son (the mace) and Ana (a chain mail coif not shown) inspired me to change my 'look' for this year to one more Medieval. I therefore wished to make a very common Medieval "double-wrap" belt to hold a very nice falchion (yes Spellcheck, that's a real word) I have. I also decided to make a leather pouch and holders for the mace and flail.

The holders were fun and somewhat easy, but the pouch took a bit of thought since I was using scraps and not working from a pattern. That said, I think it came out pretty good for a first attempt.

I already talked with Rosa and she is going to collaborate with me on a very authentic-looking tunic for the period. I also managed to get a very good deal on a Medieval long belt on Ebay.....and I am going to decorate it myself with some conchos (yes, Spellcheck, that's a legitimate word too) and studs. I am just waiting for the conchos to arrive from China. 

But all this prompted another thought for me: how cool would it be to make a historically accurate and gently functioning Medieval crossbow (arbalest) ?

I am already planning that out using this original as a rough guide, so stay tuned!



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