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Sean Eaton




Location: Vancouver, WA
Joined: 04 Jun 2013

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PostPosted: Fri 19 Jul, 2013 8:37 am    Post subject: How to get started making a helm?         Reply with quote

Really, mainly helms. This comes from my own desire to make a helm for myself, but it is a skill I'd like to add to my collection... Problem is, I can't find any info/tutorials pictures on how to do this. Is there a decent source for this kind of information? I've searched the myArmoury forums for about 10 pages in but couldn't find any DIY projects for helms.

Thanks guys
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Matthew Amt




Location: Laurel, MD, USA
Joined: 17 Sep 2003

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PostPosted: Fri 19 Jul, 2013 9:06 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Have you tried the Armour Archive?

http://www.armourarchive.org/

Along with a terrific forum, there is a pattern collection (which includes a couple helms) and an essay section which is indispensible.

Happy armoring!

Matthew
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Johan Gemvik




Location: Stockholm, Sweden
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PostPosted: Sat 20 Jul, 2013 5:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Sean,
I've made a few helms over the years and I've just started making a new Vendel helmet. What do you want to know? Tools needed? Basic techniques? Good books to read?

I can recomment the book "Techniques Of Medieval Armour Reproduction" by the (notorious) Brian R Price.
http://www.amazon.com/Techniques-Of-Medieval-...81600984by
I know Brian isn't much liked in this forum for unpaid royalties to other authors he's published, I'm not going into any details or picking sides in any of that, for those who're curious it's explained at length in other threads on the forum.

This book is his own work though and it's a very good start not only for helmsmaking but also various other types of armour. Good photos and text showing tools needed, how they're used, how to plan and plot the work and things like that as well as lots of inspirational photos of finished pieces.

"The Dwarf sees farther than the Giant when he has the giant's shoulder to mount on" -Coleridge
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Scott Hrouda




Location: Minnesota, USA
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PostPosted: Sun 21 Jul, 2013 7:49 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'll second Johan's comments. With all the baggage that comes with the author of TOMAR (Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction), the book is a solid starting place for you. I frequently refer back to this book and keep it very handy in my workshop.
...and that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana shaped. - Sir Bedevere
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