New Hammer

Thursday I received a new hammer from Tinman Technologies I haven’t gotten it all working as well as I’d like, Kent says I will need to shim it a bit, but it is amazing the power that it possesses. I can’t wait to try some of my idea with it. It has enough power to raise 12 gauge cold. I am planning on trying to make some of the elbow and gauntlet parts  by raising rather than cut and weld. We will see if that can save me some time.

I will be rebuilding my website as soon as Pennsic is over with, in an attempt to offer the armoring world a place to buys tools and cut parts, patterns and such, This is for guys getting into armoring as well as experienced armorers who need to get parts cut and shaped. By using both the Pullmax and the Air hammers, I will be able to supply basically shaped parts for people to finish on their own. With the new battle of Nations thing going on, I expect it will increase the interest in real armor throughout the US.

Hope so, the hammer was expensive.

First Time- be gentle

So this is my first blog. Not sure what it should be about, but I need to write something to be the first. It should be astounding, riveting, a marked departure form the drivel I post on facebook. It should have a picture

So how about this:

St. Michael, like St. George, if often depicted slaying a dragon. This version has a number of features that I particularly like.  He is wearing a Corrazina, a late 14th early 15th century coat of plates. It is over a mail shirt or at least voiders. He has a standard on his neck that indicates that the armor is more probably early 15th C. I particularly like the decoration on the corrazina and the hip belt. I wish he had a scabbard by his side.

The sword is very typical of this time period, a sword that Fiore himself would be proud of capable of being used in one hand or two. His head is uncovered as is often the case with these depictions.  The armor is in the Italian style and has the mail at the demi-greaves and the ankles.  One of the most interesting things about this depiction is that St. Michael is carrying a buckler, painted with a St. Georges’s cross no less.