Armouring and Weaponsmithing

Making of metal armour and weaponry

The "Age of Armor" at Woodson Art Museum

An exhibition, The Age of Armor, will be presented April 19-June 22, 2008 at Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. The exhibit will consist of armor from the Higgins Armory Museum, as well as photographs by SCA members "in the form of platinum prints of California photographer E.F. Kitchen."

Oakeshott Institute Master Armorers Residency

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Oakeshott Institute Master Armorers Residency will present five days of hot-metal forging demonstrations as well as demonstrations of chivalric practices by two armorers from the Minneapolis-based Oakeshott Institute.

Opportunities to try on armor and handle other forged pieces. A tented outdoor program.

http://www.lywam.o Location:
Wausau, Wisconsin

The well-armored squirrel

Pitbull Armory supplies protective armor to a number of creatures -- including humans. The latest armored critter is a squirrel.

New regulations may limit use of black powder weapons

A plan to regulate antique firearms in New York City may have repercussions for re-enactors and museums who use black powder weapons. If passed, owners of these weapons would be required to submit to the same licensing rules as for other firearms.

AQT Marksmanship Training

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On June 7-8, 2008 the Revolutionary War Veterans Association will conduct a marksmanship and history clinic in Minerva, Ohio.

AQT Marksmanship Training
No range fee.

For Sunday only participants, The majority of the skills will be taught on Saturday. We'll attempt to catch you up best we can, but can't devote a great deal of time to review.

Canton/Minerva, Ohio - June 7 - 8, 2008 Location:
Revolutionary War Veterans Association Canton/Minerva, Ohio

The appeal of the armorer's craft

In an article for The Guardian, James Fenton looks at the armorer's craft and its continuing appeal to museum visitors.

Popping the cork with style

Amaze your friends! Learn how to open a champagne bottle with a sword! No kidding, WikiHow has the instructions.

Arms and Armor from Imperial Austria to be displayed in Cleveland

February 24, 2008 – June 1, 2008 the Cleveland Museum of Art will host Arms and Armor from Imperial Austria, an exhibit of over 200 pieces of armor from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Bronze Sword Festival in Great Britain

Join bronze sword enthusiasts from all over the world for a 4-day event in celebration of sword-making when the 2008 Sword Festival takes place September 5-9, 2008 in Bodmin moor, England.

Sale of Samurai swords banned in Great Britain

"In the wrong hands, samurai swords are dangerous weapons," Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker said recently on the announcement by the British government that it would ban the sale of the swords.

"Reclaming the Blade" to be released in the Summer of 2008

Reclaiming the Blade, a new film celebrating the art of the sword, is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2008. Narrated by John Rhys-Davies, the film "explores both European and Asian historic swordplay and offers an in-depth look at the fascinating world of stage combat on the silver screen."

Do-it-yourself Cuirass Lorica Musculata

Those interested in the re-creation of Roman armor will want to visit Anthony Congiano's website for a tutorial on creating a leather Cuirass Lorica Musculata.

Office warrior weapons

Just in time for the holidays: "High quality, durable, foam latex weapons. They look real and can deliver a sweet beat down!" (video)

Swordmaking exhibit in Worcester, Massachusetts through December 2007

The George C. Gordon Library at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts will host The Cutting Edge: Modern Metallography and the Ancient Secrets of Swordmaking October 23 through December 20, 2007.

Norse Chieftain Dwarven Style Helm For Sale

The Norse Chieftain Helmet is an SCA combat-legal helmet, made with a dynamically sculpted face, made of 14 gauge hot rolled mild steel, some details are a "feather beard, and mustache" It was forged by Jenna Brocious of The Lonely Mountain Forge http://members.aol.com/gijchar/norchief.htm If you are interested please send me a private message or email Anthony: aburdge@si.rr.com for price quote or to make an offer

Djurhamn sword brings smiles to archaeologists

The discovery of an early 16th century sword has brought smiles to the faces of Swedish archaeologists Katarina Schoerner and August Boj. The sword was found with a metal detector August 30, 2007 near the Harbour of the Sheaf Kings. (photos)

Weta Tenzan Chainmaille

Fred Tang of Tenzan Production and the Weta Workshop have collaborated to create a new process for the lightweight chainmail used in such films as Lord of the Rings and Kingdom of Heaven.

Learning about the Middle Ages at the Festival of History

BBC reporter Mario Cacciottolo got a taste of the re-enactor's life when he buckled on armor at the recent Festival of History in Northamptonshire, England.

Call for Entries: 500 Knives

Lark Books, publisher of books dealing with "crafts, home decorating, woodworking, cooking, and outdoor living," is calling for submissions of images of "outstanding handmade knives, daggers, folding knives, tomahawks, swords, hunting knives, forged blades, and other implements for publication in a juried collection of international studio metalwork."

Australian Historical Swordplay Conference 2007

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Australian Historical Swordplay Conference 2007: German Medieval & Renaissance Martial Arts

Saturday 22nd to Monday 24th September
Greensbourough Secondary College,
Victoria,Greensbrough, Victoria, Australia

The AHSF Conference 07 website is up. You can find it here:
http://events.swordplay.org.au/

The Con will cost $185 for early birds. The price will rise, so sign up Location:
Australian Historical Swordplay Federation (Greensbrough, Australia)

Black Tower Enterprises Leather Armor and Accessories

Black Tower Enterprises specializes in Custom made SCA armor and accessories. If you have always wanted leather armor with your SCA device or Celtic knotwork in the colors of your choice, then check out their catalog and gallery of past customized armor.

Earliest gunshot victim found in Peru

The skull of what is believed to be the earliest gunshot victim in the western hemisphere has been discovered near Lima, Peru.

Medieval times in Madison

Medieval life is alive and well at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the form of the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism and the Belegarth Medieval Combat Society. Maisie Ramsay of the Capitol Times reports.

Sutton Hoo cake

It's not often that armoring and cooking cross paths, but Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes has created a cake in the shape of the Sutton Hoo helmet.

SCA Bladesmith on The Discovery Science Channel

Njall Olaf Hagarson (Scott B. Jaqua), of the kingdom of Caid, has announced that he will appear crafting weapons on the Discovery Science Channel's Faces of Earth program on August 9, 2007.

UK£1m El Cid sword may be a forgery

A controversy has arisen over the authenticity of La Tizona, purported to be the sword of legendary Spanish hero El Cid. The sword was purchased recently for UK£1m by authorities in the Castilla Leon region, but others in the Culture Ministry claim that the sword is a fraud.

"Armored Horse" at the Met

"The Armored Horse in Europe, 1480–1620," a special exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, displays the many styles of horse armor popular in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Age of Armor Demo

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The Shire of An Dun Theine is partnering with the Huntsville Museum of Art to do a family fun demonstration at the Museum on June 16th, Saturday 1:00 - 4:00. We want to invite all local SCA groups to come out and help kick off the exhibit with grand pageantry and style.

We will begin set up on the lawn of the museum beginning 10:00, but the actual fighting, dancing, and art demonstrations will not begin until Location:
Shire of An Dun Theine (Huntsville, Alabama)

Farking the knights

A photo with the image of three knights in armor has been "farked" as part of the Fark.com Photoshop Contest website. The results are pretty amusing.

John Lundemo makes swords the old-fashioned way

Goshen, Pennsylvania swordsmith John Lundemo has earned an international reputation as for collectors of steel blades, but 25 years ago, he was just a guy in the SCA learning to fight with wooden swords.