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Here's where I left this! Got some carving done today. 

Though I said I would wait until HT, I think it will make it out alive. So, this is about a 24" bladed broadsax of the Norwegian flavor with a spine made of high P wrought, 2 twisted rods of 15n20, an

Sheepskin with a buzz cut is traditional, but if you do your fitting well you don't need a lining.  If your scabbard wood is thicker than the veneer Peter used, the linen isn't really required either,

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Some work I did on my bed cover this afternoon with "hardwood plywood". I had some maple I guess I could have used, but as they say "if you ain't cheatin' you ain't tryin' ". So the plan Is to file the interior into a wedge and then just drop the lid on it. Round it off good and wrap it in thin leather I guess. 20200816_153855.jpg20200816_155211.jpg20200816_172825.jpg

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Got some work done on this again. A question for those in the know: its customary to wrap the core in linin (hope I spelled that right, I'm illiterate I know) and then leather, right? What thickness of leather? And, would you reccomend lining the interior with felt? Thanks! 

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Hope I'm not gumming up the forum here with a couple suggestions..
Emiliano's pictures in this forum are some of my favorite to study for this process
Its down a bit, but the whole thing is still nice to peruse

 

Peter Johnson also does a great tutorial for this type of Scabbard here 

 

Neither actually state the weight of leather (I don't think...), but the pictures give a good idea :) 
Personally, from having done a few solid wood scabbards with linings, I admit Sheepskin/pelt/fur/hide/whatsamahoosit shaved down was definitely my favorite as far as functionality and feel when drawing the blade.
I've been loving watching this come together, btw!  I can't wait to see it finished!

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Sheepskin with a buzz cut is traditional, but if you do your fitting well you don't need a lining.  If your scabbard wood is thicker than the veneer Peter used, the linen isn't really required either, but it does makes for a nigh indestructible scabbard.  The leather you want is veg tan 1-oz calfskin.  Half-ounce if you can get it. 

 

For all of this, the key is hide glue.  Not the premade stuff either. Dry hide glue mixed with hot water and kept warm while working.  It fills the fibers of both linen and leather, making what's basically medieval fiberglass.

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I'm still unsure if the scabbard should get sword fittings or sax fittings. I think it would look a lot better if it had like a leather throat to ease that hard line where it meets the handle... What do you guys think? 

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Just a little progress and questioning what to do... I got the leather scabbard covering done. Through a series of unplanned steps I somehow managed to sew up an undersized leather sock and then force it onto the scabbard. I dont hate how it turned out (even if the stitch is a little off around the tip).20201219_153207.jpg20201219_153215.jpg 

 

The question: is it worth cutting apart, restitching, adding glue, and trying to get it back on before the glue tacks up? Anyone ever done it like this? 

Thanks! 

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I would be very happy with that. I think you have done a great job Zeb. Are you going to tool a design? You could always fashion a copper chape on the end perhaps.

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Thanks guys! 

@Rob Toneguzzo I had been tossing around the idea of tooling yeah. I'm not really sure honestly... it has potential, but at the same time; when does it start to get too busy? The chape could be a possibility too, but I'm worried there's no copper anywhere else so I'm worried about balance. So yeah, just undecided for now. 

 

Thanks @Alan Longmire ! I unfortunately cut the stitches loose last night :blink: I thought I'd go ahead and glue it but I guess I can just restitch then lol. But theres a thin spot in the leather I may try to add a thin layer of leather to now that its apart. Probably just glue a thin tapered strip in and hope it looks ok. Wouldn't be a bad spot for a riser actually if the suspension is to be that style. Idk what I'm doing there either though so we'll see :lol:

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3 hours ago, Zeb Camper said:

Thanks guys! 

@Rob Toneguzzo I had been tossing around the idea of tooling yeah. I'm not really sure honestly... it has potential, but at the same time; when does it start to get too busy? The chape could be a possibility too, but I'm worried there's no copper anywhere else so I'm worried about balance. So yeah, just undecided for now. 

 

 

I see what you are saying. I always find the less is more thing a hard balance to decide upon. In any case I am looking forward to seeing your future progress.

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