RE: [MedievalSawdust] Speaking of shields?
Wow. Gesso? How HEAVY is that sumbitch gonna be?
Laminated birch plywood (or better yet lay up your own from birch venier) in a vacuum bag to a rigid curved surface. Cut to shape then round the edges with a router, rasp and sandpaper. Candy-coated with a fiberglass epoxy front, back and a double layer on the edges. (better yet, get Sir Vitus to do it for you). Decorate with tooled and embossed leather charges then glue down canvas working the fabric into the leather details while wet. Apply gesso to the canvas and stamp any diapering while wet. Add mounting hardware. Paint and guild to suit.
It's a fairly length process which is why my wood shield is only partially complete.
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From: "Chuck Belitz" <cbelitz@...>
Sent: Friday, May 7, 2010 11:14:37 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Speaking of shields?
Speaking of shields, does anyone have thoughts on the design, materials, fabrication techniques, decorations, etc for functional shields suitable for combat?
Sir Karl von Belitz
- You have a wide range of amount of effort that you can go withYou can trace out a pattern on a flat piece of plywood andscrew a handle to the backor you can make a shield so nice you consider leading withyour head and putting the shield behind your back so no onehits it.Where do you want to fall between the two?
Aude Aliquid Dignum
' Dare Something Worthy '
- Baltic birch plywood works great for flat shields. You can find it at cabinet wood supply yards like Hardwoods inc. for about $22 for a 5'x5' sheet. The stuff I get is just under 3/8" thick. I tape a piece of 3/8" rope to the edge, to absorb shock, and then sew a strip of wet rawhide down to the wood over the rope. I normally get about 2yrs out of one.Sir Mordan PeresenchenevIn a message dated 5/7/2010 10:14:46 A.M. Central Daylight Time, cbelitz@... writes:Speaking of shields, does anyone have thoughts on the design, materials, fabrication techniques, decorations, etc for functional shields suitable for combat?Sir Karl von Belitz