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Eric Bohnstedt

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  1. That's great, thanks! I'll give it a try.
  2. Hi Eric, looks incredible! Well done! I am curious about the by-knife scabbard. Am I right that you did it with the leather inside out? Is there a specific reason for this? I am currently working on a similar piece (but with an eating pick as well).
  3. Thank you Carlos! Yes I was initially going to do all black, but I also had some red dye that I needed to use and thought that the red belts would provide a nice contrast and framing for the sigil. Glad you like it!
  4. Hello everyone, I am back to share my latest scabbard, which I made for the newest addition to my collection. Unfortunately I forgot to take any WIP pictures, so this is only the final stuff. The sword is a custom build by Jimbo Curry that I acquired second hand here in the UK. As far as I know, the blade is from the Windlass Arbedo and the guard is from the A&A Black Prince Sword. For the pommel, I am a bit unsure, but I have seen similar ones around, including on the Albion Discerner (although I don't think that's the one, might be a custom job). Now for the scabbard: This is a felt lined veneer core reinforced with a linen wrap and then wrapped in leather and sewn in the back. The chape is a wonderful design from Matt JR Lewis and made by Matt Bayley from Bayley Heritage Castings. Finally the belt fittings are from Celtic Web Merchant. The tooling is all my own design, although I was inspired by Peter Johnsson's acanthus tendrils design and method (link). Still a lot of room for improvement, especially on the paint job, but I learned a lot with this one and can't wait to jump onto the next one! Hope you all enjoyed it!
  5. There is always something to learn, isn't there? I'm hoping to be able to do my own chapes one day, but I'm still a bit far off on that front.
  6. Thank you Gary. Yes this thread was a phenomenal resource for me and I love how willing Peter is to share techniques. It is very inspirational to amateurs like me. The chape is actually the only element that I salvaged from the original scabbard. I did carve the core to fit it broadly, but yes I also used a wood form to round up some of the rougher edges.
  7. Thank you Alan. I know what you mean. I thought of recreating the old scabbard but I really liked the idea of having the knives in the front. Glad you liked it.
  8. Hi everyone, I recently decided I wanted to experiment with new leatherworking methods so I chose to make a small piece (in order not to waste too much leather if I messed up). I had this Kukri knife that I had from Nepal, where the scabbard was pretty scratched up during transport. I had come across a tooling technique in a 2017 post by Peter Johnsson which I was very interested in. Basically, it is using a hot awl to scorch and raise the leather (but I'll let Peter explain it here). Of course I forgot to document the making of the core, but basically it is made of using the veneer method (thin 8mm model airplane wood bound in glue) with the inside lined with felt (I use felt tape for this, which is a great material, as it is already adhesive and can cover whatever length you need). For the by-knives (Chakmak and Karda), I made two tiny (very cute) scabbards which were then glued on the main core. Traditionally they are in the back of the scabbard, but I wanted to experiment a bit and end up with a piece that could be a seen as a blade that was brought back from Asia and then given a more European medieval scabbard. Might not be for everyone, but I wanted this to be acting as a companion piece for another scabbard I am currently making for a Type XVIIIa sword. I covered the core in linen and then wrapped it in veg tan leather (sewn at the back). I used a bone knife to mould the leather around the by-knives and risers. I then drew the design of 15th century-style acanthus tendrils with a felt tip ink pen and then used a swivel knife to cut the design into the leather. I then used a seeder stamp to do the background. I finally used an awl that I heated on a flame to pierce the leather in specific places to create the illusion of volume. This was my first try so it could have been better, but overall I am very happy with the result. For the belt attachment, I used a leather lace that goes around the back to provide a space for the belt, as I saw on a video by Tod from Tod Cutler. Hope you guys enjoy it, I certainly had fun doing it!
  9. This is probably one of the most ridiculously ambitious and beautiful projects I have seen here. And the execution of it is just outrageous and inspiring. Thank you for sharing, sir!
  10. That's a very good point, thanks! Unfortunately I have already glued it. I started working on the guard and so far it works well enough. But I might go back and try to remove the grip again if it becomes a problem.
  11. Update 1: Changing the grip and cord wrapping The base sword had some issues, with the crossguard being poorly aligned and it causing the grip to also be misaligned. So I removed the leather and cord wrap and the wooden core (which was actually quite well do albeit slightly loose around the tang in some places). I could then readjust the crossguard which was easy enough. I then proceeded to build a new core out of poplar, using a chisel, files and emery paper. I then glued the two sides around the tang, making sure it fit tightly and wrapped the core in waxed cored (and got myself a bunch of blisters in the process). I will wait to have finished the rest of the elements before I add the leather, because I don't want to give it an accidental scratch with the odd file or emery paper. But since I also need to protect the cord wrap, in the meantime, I might wrap it in cloth or a piece of sewed on scrap leather. Next up, the crossguard!
  12. Thanks Eric, indeed it would be more flexible. Unfortunately I don't really have the skills nor the space/equipment to try something like this. I am doing this out of my home office in a flat. So anything that requires heat is going to be slightly frowned upon by my landlady... So for now, I'll have to limit myself to files and emery paper. But I am excited about the challenge.
  13. Hello everyone, First of all, I'll start by saying that I am as much of a beginner as it gets! I made a bronze sword at a workshop in Wales a few years ago and since then I made three scabbards. I do not have much space or equipment, but I am passionate about swords and have a drive to make something with my own hands. So not having the knowledge or the tools to forge my own sword, this is the best I can think of for now. This is a project that I have been preparing in a corner of my mind for several months. I hope you will find it fun and that other beginners like me will find it useful. Context This is a sword customisation project, meaning that I bought a finished product and am applying a few modifications to the sword in order to adapt it to my vision. I bought the Kingston Arms Crecy War Sword back in June. I wasn’t very happy with the sword, but it was fine since I had acquired it for this project specifically. Now to explain what I am trying to do: I am a huge fan of GRR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (which has inspired the Game of Thrones Series and more recently House of the Dragon). Ever since reading the books as a teenager, I have wanted to own a sword from this universe. I looked to buy the official replicas produced by Valyrian Steel/Jalic Blades, but unfortunately found them to be very lacking in terms of quality and finish (especially when you look at the original props). I suspect this is due to the manufacturers having limited time with the props (as opposed to the LotR UC replicas that are as close to the props as they get). When House of the Dragon came out, I was amazed by the two Targaryen swords, Blackfyre and Dark Sister, which were designed and forged by the great Peter Johnsson. This made me want to have my own Targaryen sword even more. I could not dare to replicate Peter’s incredible work so I looked to make a sword for another great Targaryen character from the books. It was not easy to find one, because most noteworthy Targaryen wielded one of the above-mentioned swords. I also wanted there to be enough story to work with for this project to be driven by GRR Martin’s story, rather than pure fan fiction. And I think I found the perfect guy: Prince Baelor Targaryen, also known as Breakspear. So let me start with a bit of history and why this is the perfect pick for this sword in my opinion. WARNING: The following section goes into a bit of lore from the books, so if you are not interested, just skip ahead to the research section! History from the books Prince Baelor Targaryen was the eldest son of King Daeron II and was named Prince of Dragonstone as he was meant to succeed his father as king. In order to groom him for power, he was named Hand of the King at the age of 26 and served for 13 years. He is described as a great knight and earned the nickname of Breakspear when he defeated Sir Daemon Blackfyre, one of the greatest knights in the land, at the age of 17 in the final tilt of a tourney. Prince Baelor was widely considered to be an example of chivalry and wise beyond his years. He tragically died in a trial by combat, having joined to defend a low-born hedge knight named Duncan (who would later be known as Ser Duncan the Tall) against his own nephew Aerion Targaryen. During the battle, which pitted 7 against 7, he was accidentally struck to the head by his own brother Maekar’s mace and he died shortly after removing his helmet once the battle was won. Duncan later thought: “The world made no sense when a great prince died so a hedge knight might live”. Prince Baelor is expected to appear in the HBO miniseries “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”, which is currently in early development and will cover the events of the Tales of Dunk and Egg books by GRR Martin. Now why do I think Baelor is the perfect subject for this project? Firstly, his sword is never described or portrayed. He definitely did not wield the Targaryen Valyrian steel sword, as at the time Daemon Blackfyre had Blackfyre and Brynden Rivers had Dark Sister. So, one could assume that he’d wield a normal steel sword. Secondly, my choice also has to do with Baelor's character. Among the fans, he is often compared to 14th century’s Edward of Woodstock, known as the Black Prince and who was the heir of King Edward III of England. Like Baelor, he died before his father and was considered to be one of the greatest knights of his time and one of the great military commanders of the Hundred Years’ war. One of the many battles he participated in was the Battle of Crecy (1346), the very battle the Crecy War Sword was inspired by. So the choice was pretty obvious. Plans and research The base sword is pretty simple but has many aspects that can be modified: The guard, the handle, the pommel and the scabbard. I will not touch the blade, because I don’t know how to and in my view it is perfect. Let’s look at the elements one by one: Guard: I am to make this a Targaryen sword, so the guard should include the symbols of the House of the Dragon, while still being practical. So the end of each quillon will be filed in the shape of a dragon’s head, while the centre of the guard will show the wings. The idea is to have one dragon per quillon and them to meet in the middle. I intend for the heads to be simple, almost modern, with an emphasis on clean lines. This will be done with metal files (for the big stuff) and diamond files for the details and finish. The simple design is mainly driven by the fact that I never did anything like this and don’t want to overcomplicate it. Grip: The base model’s guard and handle are a bit misaligned so I will remove the handle, make a new one out of poplar, wrap it in thread and leather. I am still unsure how to do the leather wrap, whether by skiving it and glueing it (often seen in tutorials), or by glueing and sewing on the side (which is know Damian Sulowski is doing). Once the leather is added, I will add embossing on the leather, with two dragon tails going up around the handle. They would start one on each side of the grip, representing the tails of the two dragons. I also intend to use a small cross-shaped stamp I recently bought, which I hope will give a nice texture to the leather between the tails. The leather will be dyed black, with the tails being dark red (the colours of House Targaryen). Pommel: This is where I am most unsure. I initially wanted to carve the centre of the pommel to have the Targaryen sigil. But carving stainless steel is not easy, so I might do something simpler. The pommel will ideally include the 7-pointed star, which is a major religious symbol in this world, but I was thinking of having it head down. It is just an aesthetic choice, because I want to add a “fake peen block”, but could be interpreted as either Targaryens throwing a bit of shade at the faith or it being the right way up only when the sword is drawn. Additionally, I will be looking to add Valyrian glyphs on the pommel which mean Fire and Blood, the words of House Targaryen. Finally, as I wrote above, I am thinking of adding a fake peen block, probably out of brass. This would be fixed onto the existing peen with epoxy and faith. The reason behind it is that the existing peen is very rough. Also, I like the aesthetic look of a peen block and finally, it would add the weight of the material I removed in the guard. To be determined when I get there. Scabbard: This is probably the area I am most confident in, having previously made three scabbards for my other swords. The base scabbard was extremely loose and not really fit for a prince of the realm. So it will be completely redone. I will use the veneer method explained here (Link) by Peter Johnsson (he explains it way better than me). The scabbard will be dyed black with some red elements (again the colours of House Targaryen). For the design, I will use several embossing tools, including a swivel knife, a seeder background stamp and a beveller stamp. Here are the different design elements: 1- The Targaryen sigil near the throat of the scabbard (red design on black background. 2- One larger dragon on the bottom half of the scabbard (black dragon on black background). This design is taken from the House of the Dragon series and can be seen on Daemon Targaryen’s breastplate. It is a bit of a flashy design, a would draw attention away from the rest of the sword if coloured, so it will remain black on black to be discreet enough. 3- Again the Fire and Blood glyphs will be hidden near the belt fitting. 4- There will be quite a bit of background stamping with the seeder to give it a very textured scaly look (like a reptile’s skin?). 5- The belts might have thin red lines on each side, by carving grooves into the sides. Will decide later. 6- A friend gave me the Hand of the King pin from the Game of Thrones Series and I am planning to add it to the scabbard. So here it is, the project is launched! May the Seven and the Old Gods be with me on this adventure. I’m aiming to finish by Christmas if my job allows it! I will look to update this thread regularly.
  14. Gents, thank you so much for all those suggestions. I am always trying to avoid using power tools if I can because I just really enjoy the process of seeing the shapes unfold by hand. But I'll definitely take these ideas into consideration. I think I'll try with hand engravers on a couple of blanks to see how it goes and compare it with what I can do with a dremel. Will post an update at some point with the results!
  15. Good morning everyone, As part of a sword customisation project, I am looking to carve runes and lines into a stainless steel crossguard and pommel. I have managed to get some lines done using a diamond file, but it is much more difficult for smaller details. Could someone recommend tools? I know some carving can be done with a dremel, but I am unsure it'll work on steel. Are there any other alternatives? Best,
  16. Thank you Carlos. No the bronze sword was made in a workshop with Dave Chapman in Wales. An amazing experience.
  17. Thank you Michael, it's such a lovely way of putting it. I think it is my bane to always be slightly dissatisfied with small aspects of my work. But places like this forum, where I can learn and exchange with like-minded people are really a balm for the soul. And once in a while I am reminded these don't look too bad! So thank you.
  18. Thank you Alan, glad to be here and exchange with much more knowledgeable people!
  19. Hello everyone, Please, allow me to introduce myself: I am a UK-based sword enthusiast who recently (2021) got into the thrill of making my own stuff. It all started with the making of a bronze age sword at a workshop in Wales and me wishing to make a scabbard for it. Since then I have learned much, including through reading many wonderful threads here, and made a total of three scabbards. I am looking to expand my fun to customising some already made swords. (I have recently acquired a relatively cheap sword, have redone the grip entirely and am hard at work refilling the guard and pommel). I thought I'd share what I have done so far. I would love to do more, but I am currently living in a flat with cream carpets, so any use of fire is a big no no! But like many sword lovers here, I try to find a way to express my passion. Onto the scabbards, as I said, there are three: Bronze Sword: First, the bronze sword scabbard, my first attempt. For this I used pine planks (poplar was impossible to find), in which I chiselled out the profile of the blade. I then glued them together and sanded down the profile to get it as thin as possible (or until my arms started hurting). Then wrapped the core in leather stitched in the back, added some embossing, dyed the leather and added X shaped belt suspensions. It was a bit clunky and took me a lot of time, having started in 2021 and finished in December 2022 (blame my full time job and the poor quality of my first chisel), but what a feeling when I was done! Sword of Boromir: The second was a longer scabbard for the United Cutlery sword of Boromir, which I had bought a few years back (I'm a sucker for LoTR and lockdown was long). Same method really but with a bit more ambitious embossing and better belts. Took me from about September 2022 to January 2023. Some improvement but thought it was still too chunky. Which leads me to the final scabbard. Glamdring: The last was the scabbard for the LoTR's Glamdring (sensing a pattern yet?). I actually had already done a wooden core which I was not happy with because of the fit. I read about the veneer technique in a post by Peter Johnsson on this very forum (link), so I tried it out using model airplane wood. It took me a month and I am very happy with the result (slightly less happy with the embossing but it is a learning curve). I also had a lot of fun doing the belt, since it was a whole other system. Anyway, I thought I'd share this here. If there are other amateurs like me who want to know more about the process, I'm more than happy to talk or point to much more knowledgeable people. And if anyone has some advice on how to improve, I'll definitely take it! In the meantime, I'll hopefully be posting a WIP threat on my sword modification project in the coming weeks.
  20. Thank you both, that's incredibly helpful! I'll see if I can attempt to replicate some of these awesome techniques.
  21. Looks great! I'm actually quire curious about the method of making a scabbard with the bi-knife. Are there any resources that you could point me to? I'm currently looking to do a scabbard with two small knives attached.
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