32952Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: greetings and arm guard design question
- Apr 2 12:57 PM
I did a quick Google search for combinations of: Medieval. Mary Rose. Bracer. Arm guard. There are several good examples of real medieval style bracers to be found. One thing the period bracers seem to have in common is that they use buckled straps to hold them in place, not lacing, or metal hooks. The laced on style is more a modern traditional style of fastening. The straps are usually single, double or “Y” shaped.
Most are made of thick leather which is often hardened. Google “harden leather “ or “cuir bouilli” for information on the process. Soft leather like garment leather is not a good idea because it can sometimes form winkles on which the string can hang up. Bracers were also made from ivory, horn or tortoise shell.
If you would like an ivory look-alike bracer you can use a section of two inch PVC pipe, cut it in half, heat it up and flatten it. Cut it to shape, engrave your design and ink it in. Then reheat and form to arm and add straping.
Any of the suggestions will work to protect your arm from the string. However, with a little research you make a period style bracer.
The “Journal of the Society of Archer-Antiquaries” number 33, 1990 has an excellent article “Some Notes on Antique Archery Arm-guards” by Hugh Soar.
Below are some of the sites where I found good photos and information.
(Engraved ivory bracer is about four fifths of the way down after interesting discussion on arrow bags.)
(Bracer is about a third of the way down.)
I hope this information will be of help to you.
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