Armouring and Weaponsmithing

Making of metal armour and weaponry

Swords & Shawls at Salisbury House

Salisbury House, a 42-room mansion located in Des Moines, Iowa which is modeled after the King's House in Salisbury, England, is celebrating its reopening for public tours after an extensive renovation with "Swords & Shawls," an exhibit featuring a display of swords dating from Medieval times through the 19th century.

Germanic Weapons Found in Czech Town

A treasure trove of Germanic weapons dating to the 2nd century C.E. have been discovered near the Bohemian town of Chomutov. The 22 rusty iron shield handles and sword tips were discovered by a hiker who found them "uncovered in a quiet grove."

Zweihammer Armoury

Zweihammer Armoury provides do-it-yourself kits that allow novice armourers to construct advanced projects with minimal tools. Currently available projects include an SCA-legal helmet and gauntlets; more on the way. Detailed instructions are available.

Art Thou Glorious

Art Thou Glorious has taken chainmail out of the realm of armor-making and into the realm of artistic jewelry. All of the jewelry is created using saw-cut rings, and the jewelry is tumbled to create a perfectly comfortable piece of jewelry. This means the jewelry will never scratch, pinch, catch hair, or tear silks. The chainmail items are unique creations and include some of the most intricate jewelry available.

"Splendor in Steel" Lecture at Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Stuart W. Pyhrr, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Curator in Charge of the Department of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will present Splendor in Steel: Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a lecture at the Minneapolis Institute of Art's Pillsbury Auditorium.

Cynnabar Grande Tourney I

Their Excellencies Gregoire and Giovanna, Baron and Baronessa Cynnabar, invite you to show your martial prowess at a Grand Tournament to determine the best of the best.

Armor Stolen in Atenveldt

Deirdre and Ajax in the Kingdom of Atenveldt have reported the theft of armor from their home in Phoenix, Arizona.

Re-Enactment Gear Stolen in the UK; Site Vandalized

Guthroth Of Colanhomm reports that re-enactment gear owned by the group Conquest was stolen recently from a secure garage in North Bristol, England. The site was then set on fire.

Medieval Reproductions

Medieval Reproductions offers "carefully researched, historically accurate reproductions of medieval arms, armour, and artwork", in time periods from Roman to Renaissance. Their main focus is armour, but they also create costumes, accessories, tapestries, architectural adornments, and furniture.

American President Greeted by Mongol Horde

During a recent trip to Ulan Bator, Mongolia, President Bush was greeted by Mongol warriors in full armor.

Armor exhibit opens in Columbus, Ohio

"Age of Armor from the Higgins Armory Museum" will be on display at the Columbus Museum of Art through January 1.

Armour Research Society Conference

The Armour Research Society will be having its annual conference in Chicago. This year we are flying in some of the biggest names in the field of arms and armour from all over the world to be our speakers. These are the guys who wrote the book on the topic (I mean that literally.) Included in this illustrious group will be.

Wilkinson Sword Factory to Close

14 skilled swordmakers will lose their jobs when British institution Wilkinson Sword closes its plant. The renowned crafter of ceremonial swords for British cavalrymen is scheduled to close at the end of September 2005.

Salamander Armoury

Custom hand forged blades in high carbon and pattern welded laminate by Dr. JP Hrisoulas.

Sword Stolen from Pennsic Merchant

Lord Calum Munro reports that a Scottish claymore of great sentimental value was stolen from the front of a merchant booth at Pennsic 34. He asks that SCA members be on the lookout for the sword.

Higgins Armory Sword Guild Practices Authentic Swordsmanship

Sara Ivry of the Boston Globe visits members of the Higgins Armory Museum's Sword Guild, a group of modern day people who do serious research into the history of swords and swordsmanship.

Swordsmith Seminar in Catskills

The New England Bladesmiths Guild will host a 3 day seminar entitled Sword 2005: From Ore to Sword in Hand: History, Smithing and Martial Arts Techniques September 16-18, 2005.

Western Martial Arts Workshop

September 9-11, 2005, the Chicago Swordplay Guild will present the 6th International Western Martial Arts Workshop.

Gladiator Armor for Sale on eBay

For only $10,000, YOU can own Kirk Douglas' gladiator armor from the movie Spartacus!

DeCordene Wireworks

DeCordene Wireworks is a chainmail purveyor offering armor, jewelry, fun stuff, ladies' wear, loose rings (over 370 styles), tools, custom work, specials, garage sale and miscellaneous items. The web site also offers How-To guides with a sizing chart.

Waldryk's Armory

All armor produced is as close to period/cultural reproduction as possible without deviating from the standards of safety required on the battlefield. Period re-enactment groups are also welcome. All armor can be made to reproduction specs and of lighter gauges of steel than SCA regulation armor. Custom arrangements can be made for items not in the catalog.

Chain Mail iPod "Cozy" Links Modern & Ancient Technologies

The joke is: "How many computers does it take to re-create the Middle Ages?" Blogger Uncle Horn Head shares the latest synergy of ancient craft combined with modern world necessity with a chain mail iPod cover created by his lady wife.

Thaden Armory

Thaden Armory specializes in custom-tailored armour reproductions and armour-related hardware.

Gold and Garnet Anglo-Saxon Sword Hilt Declared Treasure Trove

Christopher Baker, metal-detecting fan, has discovered what is believed to be a sword belonging to a warrior from the Kingdom of Lindsey.

Burnt Village Wares

Burnt Village Wares is a merchant source for all things Norse -- swords, knives, axes, spears, throwing knives & axes, chain mail, jewelry, handcrafted items, drinking horns.

German Arms Aided Viking Raids

New research shows that Viking raiders were armed by German weaponsmiths who sold their wares to the 9th century Norse.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land! June 13 - 22, 2006 Incipient Shire of Ma’ale Giborim Israel

Unto the members of the Knowne Worlde, the Incipient Shire of Ma’ale Giborim extends an invitation to All and Sundry to a most unique event; a ten-day trip to the Holy Land of Israel, whereupon you will visit ruins, excavations, sites and buildings spanning a Biblical to Ottoman timeline.

Shop in the Arab Shuk in the Old City of Jerusalem, visit the ancient monasteries scattered throughout the north and west, enjoy horseback riding near the Horns of Hittim and partake in a feast in a Crusader castle. Wade in the healing waters of the Dead Sea, swim in the Sea of Galilee and stroll along the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. To see a more complete itinerary, and our Shire FAQ (which addresses concerns about travel to Israel), please go to www.sca-israel.org

Deadline for reservations: March 1, 2006.

SCA Armor: A How-To Manual

It has been said that a fighter's armor is a project that is never really done. Dame Aoife this week offers helpful links to make new armorers get started, and to help experienced warriors keep improving their armouring skill.

Props Needed for History Channel Program

Andy Oakland, a props master for the History Channel, is looking for some Bronze Age props in the Boston, Massachusetts area.

Elizabethan Body Armor Discovered at Jamestown

Archaeologists working on excavations at the colonial Jamestown settlement have discovered, largely intact, a "coat of jacks," a rare example of 17th century body armor.