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Peter Darby

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    Manassas, VA
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    Leatherwork, Medieval re-enactment, traditional archery,

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    medeival reproductions
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  1. I like it. I do a lot of medieval style sheaths. Below is one I did for an exhibit of the various styles of stitching they used in constructing their sheaths. I find it fascinating puzzling out how they did there backstitching. Sometimes, as yours shows they stitched them up the back and sometimes they stitched them on the side then turned them. Often I find that the way they did things is better than what we do now. I use a Hedeby style quiver worn as a back quiver and have converted many an archer from the bandoleer style the Viking (or Arabic) style quiver. I look forward to seeing more of your work.
  2. Does anyone know how to attach a chape to a leather covered wooden sword scabbard. Non of the chapes I have seen have a hole for peening it on but I have a hard time believing it is just glued on.
  3. I taught myself leatherwork with the Al Stohlman books. And I was worked very hard to learn to use the tools the way he taught. Whether it was sewing with needles and awl or using the head knife. As a consequence, for many years I pretty much only used the head knife. Skiving, trimming, or even cutting thread. It works for me.
  4. Great looking. I like the concrete mold idea. that would work with a lot of odd surfaces.
  5. I just finished my latest recreation of the Hedeby quiver (actually the Hedeby quiver is pieces of at least two quivers, perhaps even three) from the age of the Vikings. Google the title and you can see several different interpretations of how the originals may have looked. I sewed the main bag inside out like a medieval turnshoe and sewed a gusset between the main pieces. I didn't use a form because I don't think that the original used one, although I could be wrong. The top decoration encloses a leather doughnut that keeps the mouth open and ensures that over time the quiver top will not collapse. I'm now making another one for a friend and it will be much nicer looking. For example the gusset will have a rolled edge and the stitching will all be inside but I will not have to turn it. (Like a medieval turnshoe it is not necessary to sew something inside out to put the stitching inside a confined space. The beauty of the design is that unlike modern bandoleer style back quivers or side quivers, this functions equally well as a side, back or baldric style quiver. If you look at the archers on the Bayeux tapestry you will see that most wear side quivers but one seems to have a back quiver made the same as the side quivers.
  6. No, I carved it in. I didn't make a mold because it was more of an experiment than anything else. I sewed it inside out then turned it before I did the hardening.
  7. Looks good. I have played with Cuir Bouilli with mixed results and decided that like you a mold would be necessary for armour as well as knowing the amount of shrinkage. Here is a boiled leather quiver I did. I used 2/3 weight leather to see if the hardening would give it the necessary thickness and rigidity. It did but I should have made the quiver a bit longer
  8. Beautiful work. I looked at the first picture and thought, must be new to leatherwork. When I scrolled down I literally broke out laughing. I really like your design.
  9. Like Gary I like the holsters but am not a fan of rivets. Somewhere on youtube is a video that shows the holding strength of rivets verses stitching. As I recall the rivets were no stronger than stitching. But it took a lot more force than you should ever encounter on normal holster use.
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