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Hello guys,

after Mac documentetd his fabulous saint project and started his blog a while ago, i will try to do a simiar blog.
He animated me to do this, to get more intersting discussions and help to get this interesting and lost handicraft keeping alive.
I make armour now for over 20 years, since 16 years as professional full-time armourer, and I always like to see and learn how other craftsmen do their job. So i want to show, how i work and what kind of solutions i find or use to get the job done. Feel free to ask me about what i show or what you want to get explained. I mostly work on some different projects at once, so don't wonder if my posts switch between them.
My english is not the very best, and i will not write that long essays, so if you find grammatical errors, you can keep them for you ;-)

for a start, this fitting of a pair of beauchamp stye italian legs was the last thing i hat to doo ast week.

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Next week i have to return work on a 16.th black and white harness and completing a pair of 15.th gothic gauntets.

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For the Beauchamp legs, did you look at photos of the original effigy? Almost everyone copies the little model in the Royal Armouries, but the model is no where near accurate. I doubt the maker ever saw the real effigy, but just looked at the drawings in Stibbert's book.
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I know the effigy, and yes, it is different. I made this legs after the wishes of the customer and my experience only in the stye of the effigy.
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So how is your work progressing, Rene? I am eager to see more of your work!
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got some new toys for my workshop today, woohoo !

I'm excitet what i can do with it.

Tomorrow i'm back at the anvil and will make some new pics of my work :-)

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Are they power hammers or hydraulic presses?

I love old tools the best.
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just hydraulic presses.
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After a weekend of more filework on the hammer-roped borders and cut all the slots for the sliding rivets i made a couple more washers and have now tocorrect the upper brim of the breastplate to get a better fit to the gorget. Another problem are the sidely edges of the big border that make the pauldrons stopping on them.

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has anyone some good pictures of this little guys where construction is vissible ? My own pictures are too old and not so detailed.
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just some pictures of how i actually make roped borders for 16.th armour. Works very well, needs a bit of training in the hammer.
After closing the borders it's time for a couple of filework.

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the tools i use

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hammering the ropes

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first side done, time to change the tool
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R.Kohlstruck wrote:has anyone some good pictures of this little guys where construction is vissible ? My own pictures are too old and not so detailed.
That looks like one of the ones hanging off of one of my gorgets.
http://www.allenantiques.com/A-25.html
The images on that site are pretty big. And I have added some more over time as we have had questions about them.

There was a discussion here not that long ago about them... or maybe on Facebook. The concept seems to be shown by the images.
recessed hole
flappy bit held on with a rivet as a pivot near the top
internal spring held in by the flappy bit.
I don't have one that still has its spring, so I don't know if they are full V springs or something more complicated. I expect that a V will work.

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Hi Wade,
jepp, this picture was from you, because it shows the detail best. When i handled pieces with this feature, i had not enough time to study all the funtions.
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R.Kohlstruck wrote:just some pictures of how i actually make roped borders for 16.th armour. Works very well, needs a bit of training in the hammer.
After closing the borders it's time for a couple of filework.


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Nice hammer control!

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thanks :-)
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R.Kohlstruck wrote:Hi Wade,
jepp, this picture was from you, because it shows the detail best. When i handled pieces with this feature, i had not enough time to study all the funtions.
If the pictures that exist don't show something that might actually show (given that my springs are all gone or broken) ask for something specific, and I will see what I can do.

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whie comleting the black and white armour project i had to do some more work at the articulation of the legs and filing the borders, so i made you some more pictures of the rough filework at the roped borders.

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after grinding and finishing the white stripes and borders i will cut a clear line between the single ropings.

And here the assembled legs, ready for doing the grindings.

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Very handsome work!

It's easy to see that the articulation is good, even from these pics.

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After overwork the border of the breastplate to make the endings smaller and filing out the roping, i got two cracks... i feared this...

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Welding there would be not a good sollution, because the holes can easily become bigger. So i will hard-solder this.
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R.Kohlstruck wrote:After overwork the border of the breastplate to make the endings smaller and filing out the roping, i got two cracks... i feared this...



Welding there would be not a good sollution, because the holes can easily become bigger. So i will hard-solder this.
Ouch!

I had one of these on the St. Florian armor. If my memory serves me, I did a cosmetic fix with soft solder.

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After buying a new propane bottle i soldered the cracks with silver this evening. Tomorrow i will file the solder out. Then i can start grinding the breastpate.

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soldering turns out good

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After another day of grinding i made a pair of hinges for the spring-pin fasteners at the pauldrons. I just want to show you my fast way to make historical armour hinges with minimal clearance. This way is the same i use for my buckle-plates.

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starting with some strips of 0,8mm or max. 1,0mm which i simply bend over a edge;

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closing the bending over a thin rod, about 3mm diameter;

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forming the roll with a blunt chisel on a step-tool;

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using my vise as a saw-and filing jig;

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cutting out the inner part of the other hinge side wit the hacksaw and a chisel which also rests on the vise as a guidance;

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filing the gap to a perfect fitting;

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finished hinges after riveting the axle and and filing out the wished pattern;
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here i started making the spring-pins which i wanted to try this evening.
I cutted the slots with a engraver like small chisel. That needed a bit of trying and reharden the chisel.
After this i mad some tiny and thin springs from hammered spring steel for testing. Tomorrow i will have a good look at the originals to find out the best function.

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Previous discussion on spring pins
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thanks Tom, that was what i had in mind.
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completed the spring-pins and finished the set of buckles i need for the suit.

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ready finished and riveted

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a couple of buckles...
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Wonderful work! Thanks for sharing the progress pictures!
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While i need to give the paint it's time to dry and give my holding hand and arm a break to cure a achy inflammation i got from the many filework i did in the last weeks, i assembled and completed one of the gauntlet pairs i actually have to finish.

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today i forged a new tool for making greaves or so. Like Mac i must have a look about my health and you know, you can never have to many tools... ;-)

I used a old 55mm steel axle from a hay wagon. After a longer time in the fire, it was easy to bend the axle with my new hydraulic press. The material is not that hard, but enough to doing the job.
The spike for the anvil is simply forged from a old chisel with a stud on the top and hot riveted to the axle.
Now i will have a look how i can work on it.

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cooling down after riveting the stud

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after rough grinding out the curves and the edges
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...and because to give the stake somthing nice, i added some fast and simple decoration 8)

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Spent another day in my grinding room. While grinding the white stripes of the back&white harness i also did the fine grinding of the gothic gauntlets. Some litte details need some more fine finishing, but the most is ready for polishing.

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The grinding of the silver stripes is a nervy work, trying not to touch the black surface. Next time i will do this first.
Just assembled the gorget.
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Beautiful work Rene. You have a good eye.

Nice flow to the Gorget plates. Love the finish you have there.

The Spaulder spring pin/hinges are well done! I need to make a pair of those for my Half suit so I appreciate you showing your process photos.
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Very nice looking.
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