December 3, 2008

Atlatl


Greetings to my faithful followers!

I am back, and I have posts!

This project is, as mentioned in the previous post, a school project for my archeology class. An atlatl is an ancient spearthrowing device found in all parts of the world, especially Mesoamerica (where the name comes from). More information can be found here.

I made the atlatl itself (the thrower) first out of dry wood, found it to be too short and too rigid, and made a new one out of green wood.















New atlatl:





The darts are made from bamboo, fletched with duck feathers and hemp twine.






I also made a video to demonstrate the mechanics of throwing and the flight of the dart.



Till next project,

November 20, 2008

Nothing's happening


Hello all.

I am thoroughly impressed with the consistency of visits over the past month. It's been over a month since I posted last, and still, I average about 20 hits per day.

Thank you.

Now, the reason it's been so long since I last posted is because I have done absolutely nothing with any kind of medieval crafting. School has become a nightmare, with many a project due before Thanksgiving. However, one of those projects was a craft (an atlatl), and although not medieval, I will post some pictures once it's finished.

Keep visiting; there may be more in time.


October 18, 2008

Complete Viking costume


Hail!

I told you I'd have pics, and although I took some time in posting them, here they are:





And in case you were wondering, it was a very hot day, and too sunny. Still fun, though.

October 8, 2008

Sword in the stone


Hello,

I thought it fitting to post this, as it does have something to do with both the Middle Ages and crafts. I made this project in Jewelry/Metals class at Kent State University (quite a fun and useful class, despite my low grade).






October 7, 2008

Splinted greaves: part IV


Hei!

They're done. Here are some pictures. I don't have to tell you much, because it's all the same as I have been doing.






October 6, 2008

Dutch shoes: part II


Hail,

These shoes are finally receiving my attention, after more than a month of neglect (school...). Well, I'm nearing completion of one of the pair. I've finished the sole-to-upper seam, and have started the heel stiffener.

Here it is, pre-turned:





And here it is, moist, stuffed with a piece of cloth after turning.



Until next time, then,

October 5, 2008

Lady's belt


Hwæt!

This project was swift and secret, as it was a gift for my sister's birthday. I bought the buckle from Thorthor's Hammer, waited about a week, then started working. I cut out the belt based on the width of the buckle (½"), cut out the buckle area, then sewed on the buckle. I then moistened the belt and tooled a simple pattern into it. I dyed it black, and packed it up.

Here are pictures:





Till tomorrow,

October 1, 2008

Saex sheath


Hello,

This project was made for my friend's birthday (back in early July), but I just finished it. It's leather, dyed with diluted dark brown. Actually, it's the same dye as on my other sheath, just well-diluted.



It's actually more streaky than the picture shows. That picture is actually surprisingly beautiful.

Till next time.

September 30, 2008

Viking tunic: part III


Hello,

Well, it's done, and I have one picture to show:



Well, that's it. More pictures of it (on me) on 10/12.

September 27, 2008

Viking tunic: part II


Hello,

Whaddaya know; I've finally done some work on this blasted thing.

Basically, I've been doing the same thing since last time, that is, hemming down the seams on the inside to prevent fraying. Here's a picture showing the inside of the tunic, with the gore and sleeve on display:



After finishing all the seam sewing, I finally got around to cutting the neck hole, also known as the first time I could try the thing on.



Then I hemmed that too:



Then I hemmed the cuffs of the sleeves:



All that's left now is to hem the lower edge of the tunic.

So, until I do that, and then take pictures of the final garment,

September 14, 2008

Whetstone


Hello people,

It hit me the other day that there is one thing a Viking warrior oughtn't be without which I had somehow neglected to have. A whetstone, obviously, comes in quite handy to hone the axes, knives and saexes the Viking may have. Since I have a total of three bladed implements on my costume this year, I kind of need a sharpening device.

So I went to the river, which was handily low, and wandered around in the dusky light looking for something suitable. Eventually I found a triangular rock of what seems to be a shale or something. I got home, and drilled a hole in one corner, surely dulling my bit at the same time. I threaded it and playtested it. It hones my knife so sharp that it is quite effortless to cut loose paper.

And you didn't think I wouldn't take pictures, did you? (Mind, I generally only post when I have three or more, unless the object's finished. So you know.)





Just something to whet your appetite...

September 13, 2008

Splinted greaves: part III


Hello,

50th post, and 4155 visits. I'm happy.

Anyway, more work on those splinted greaves of mine. I added the buckles and fitted the holes. That is, I fitted them on one greave, which is why I'm not posting any pictures of the pair on some random legs I happen to own.

Anyway, here are the pics:





This one shows the holes in the straps; exciting, I know:



Until post 51:

September 11, 2008

Viking hood


Good day to you all.

Last Sunday I spent approximately eight hours creating a Viking costume for my dad. Naturally, despite having the camera with me, I neglected to take any pictures until everything was finished. Also, I only took pictures of the hood. Mind, the tunic and trousers are exactly the same pattern as my own (also on this site), so they aren't important.

Anyway, this hood is similar to a liripipe, sans the pipe, of course. It is brown wool lined with green linen (which you may recognize from the trousers and tunic I'm making myself). It is technically reversible, but it's best to have the green on the inside, as the wool is kind of scratchy.

And pics:







I'll get pictures of everything once the renaissance fair rolls around (Oct. 12). Until then,

August 30, 2008

Dutch shoes: part I


Hello everybody!

I'm back! It's been over two weeks since I've last posted, which I can blame mostly on two things:
a) I'm lazy, and I haven't been working on more than one project at a time.
b) School started, and I've been studying for the first time ever.

Now that I'm back in 'the groove', I've started working on my latest project, which is a pair of shoes, based off of this example. It's a commission, and the person purchasing has a Dutch persona, thus the Dutch shoes.

I started with the basic pattern used on my last pair of shoes (here), only sized up to a size 15 (!).

Here are the four pieces cut out:



Here is the first shoe after a good bit of sewing:



And here is a very bright picture trying to demonstrate the detail of the stitching:



I intend to take some pictures of the finished product with a size comparison, so you can get an idea just how big these things are (no offense, Thomas Z.).

I would also like to mention just how loyal my visitors are; over the past couple weeks, I've averaged at least 20 visitors a day. Last time I stopped posting, it only averaged about nine. Thanks, guys.