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Grzegorz Kulig
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PostPosted: Tue 04 Dec, 2007 11:43 am    Post subject: Valsgarde 8 helmet replica made by Thorkil         Reply with quote

Hello Guys.

As I promised, I am sharing with you my newest replica – Valsgarde 8 helmet. It took me a while, but first I had some problems with spectacle (I have made it too big and decided to exchange it and now it is OK) and second- I am very busy, so it’s hard to find a free moment to write here.

But, about the helmet…

1) the bowl – 2 halves hand forged of medium-carbon steel with heat tread, and then welded together. The main target was to make a helmet looking as original and making the bowl it historical technique, I mean without electric welding, would raise the price, unnecessarily.
2) Eye-brows and crest casted in brass, like in Vendel 1. But I think in few month I will be making the crest made of brass/bronze plate with using authentic technique.
3) Decorative panels pressed with using hammer hits in 0,25mm silver plate (930 assay), so with authentic press-blech technique. Motives are exactly like in original helmet find.
4) Everything was hand made – from forging and making models of moulds (templates?) for panels to putting everything together.


More photos of this replica, as well as photo of original helmet, you will find here : http://www.thorkil.ovh.org/valsgarde8_eng.htm

Enjoy the photos and feel free to comment. :o)
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David Huggins




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PostPosted: Tue 04 Dec, 2007 12:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thorkil,
Simply breath taking, outstanding work, a bench mark for others to emulate.

Will your future helmets of this series have the maille added?

Best wishes
Dave

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PostPosted: Tue 04 Dec, 2007 12:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow!

I recently tried to make something similar to Valsgarde helmet (but not in metal, fake decorative thing). I failed at pressblech (templates for pressing the foil were too soft - I used Fimo, or the brass foil was too thick...), and the hand embossing of foil took too much time (I had a deadline, some sort of art contest in our Tolkien society).

And this is what I ended up making:



Dragon Helm of Dor-lómin. WTF?!

I'm just posting so you can better appretiate the artistry of Thorkil. Big Grin


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PostPosted: Tue 04 Dec, 2007 12:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Out of all you helms I've seen (which are all amazing) this is definately my favorite one. The detail is astounding!
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Grzegorz Kulig
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PostPosted: Tue 04 Dec, 2007 12:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you, Dave.

With regard to maille : I am armourer and I am not making chainmailles - I order aventails, if someone needs. But, usually, I leave this choice to my customers, because there are few options and one can chose whatever he wants.

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PostPosted: Tue 04 Dec, 2007 12:59 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you, Richard and Blaz. You wrote your messeges, when I was writing.
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Hugo Voisine




PostPosted: Tue 04 Dec, 2007 5:04 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow Thorkil, the quality of your work seems to increase with every new piece... this one is simply breathtaking.

Having an helmet made by you is one of the thing I must absolutely do before I die. Laughing Out Loud

By any chances, do you have some pictures of the original, so we can make a side-by-side comparison ?

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PostPosted: Tue 04 Dec, 2007 5:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Heres a photo from thorkils website:

http://www.thorkil.ovh.org/platnerstwo/helmy/wczesne/valsg8.jpg
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PostPosted: Tue 04 Dec, 2007 8:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Again we are in the " High Art " territory here and mere words fail to do justice to the work.
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PostPosted: Wed 05 Dec, 2007 5:05 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jean Thibodeau wrote:
Again we are in the " High Art " territory here and mere words fail to do justice to the work.


im out of words too....amazing...

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to keep that pointy end thingy away from you...
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Quote:
Heres a photo from thorkils website:

http://www.thorkil.ovh.org/platnerstwo/helmy/wczesne/valsg8.jpg


Thanks Richard. Happy

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PostPosted: Wed 05 Dec, 2007 3:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you, Guys.

Sorry, I forgot to put the link to my web site. But I have edited my post.

Original helmet has different shape, but it was damaged in grave, so it is flattened. My replica is fitted to customer head's measurement, that's why it has different.

One more thing Blaz : I was making this helmet for about a month, if put everything together. Lots of time I spent on making models for casted element and matrices for pressing decorative panels.
I have learned lots about embellishment while making fantasy helmet "in vendel style". But, I have made my first embellishments on helmet about 5 years ago. If you will be patient and ambitious, you will be able to achieve a lot. Personally, I am making embellishment on steel, brass, copper and silver and maybe some day gold. Wink I have never been using other materials than metal.

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PostPosted: Fri 07 Dec, 2007 7:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Grzegorz,
Nice looking helmet. Where you at the Moesgaard viking market a couple of years ago? Did we meet? I had my 2 decorated helmets there as well as Wolin. (Although I didn't wear it at Wolin)
They are allot of work. Did you cast your matrices? What type of lining do you have?
Again, Nice work,

Chris
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PostPosted: Fri 07 Dec, 2007 12:04 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jean Thibodeau wrote:
Again we are in the " High Art " territory here and mere words fail to do justice to the work.

Big Grin You really hit the nail with that line Jean.
Thorkil! your skills have really take a big jump forward. Cool

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PostPosted: Fri 07 Dec, 2007 7:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Valsgarde 8 helmet replica made by Thorkil         Reply with quote

[quote="Grzegorz Kulig"]Hello Guys.
2) Eye-brows and crest casted in brass, like in Vendel 1. But I think in few month I will be making the crest made of brass/bronze plate with using authentic technique.


would you sell copies of the castings?
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PostPosted: Thu 20 Dec, 2007 8:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow that is the nicest helm I have ever seen.
Simply stunning!

Thanks for the picture.

R.

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PostPosted: Fri 09 May, 2008 11:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Guys.
I am sorry for not replying earlier, but somehow I haven't received any "reply notification".... I am so busy with new projects and have no time for writing here. Sad

Chris Gilman wrote:
Grzegorz,
Nice looking helmet. Where you at the Moesgaard viking market a couple of years ago? Did we meet? I had my 2 decorated helmets there as well as Wolin. (Although I didn't wear it at Wolin)
They are allot of work. Did you cast your matrices? What type of lining do you have?
Again, Nice work,


Hi Chris.
No, I haven't been to Moesgaard, yet. We tried to get there this year, but we seem to send them email too late and there wasn't room for newcomers. But we will be in Denmark this Summer.
Yes, those helmets need a lot of work. Some part of this work is goldsmith's work.
I make models of matrices and give them to cast in my local professional foundry. Then I finish them and use them for pressblech technique.

Gregory Alan Singer wrote:

would you sell copies of the castings?


I am sorry, Gregory, but no. I have spent to many time trying to make them as close to original as possible... Besides, I am armourer, not an owner of a shop with parts for helmets. Wink

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