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Michael A. H.




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PostPosted: Wed 23 Sep, 2015 1:43 am    Post subject: Materials sources in Sweden for DIY scabbard         Reply with quote

Greetings,

Having just bought a beautiful scabbard for my Albion Oakshot from TodsStuff, I am broke.
However I still have an Albion Reeve and Albion Agincourt that need scabbards, so I plan to go the DIY route as outlined here:
http://www.yeoldegaffers.com/project_scabbard.asp

I am pretty handy, so no worries, but having moved to Sweden not to long ago, I have no clue of where to get some of the materials needed for scabbard construction, mainly the type of thin poplar slats needed for the wooden core (I want to use the method of glueing/bending two thin halves over the blade), as well as the type of leather, thread, and glue needed for the scabbard covering and belt.

If anybody from Sweden/Scandinavia has info on who sells some of these materials needed, either in Europe, but Sweden preferably, please let me know.
(Jag prater också en lite svenska)

Thank's and tack så mycket,
Michael

P.s.: FYI - I bought the Albion Arn scabbard Tod had already finished in stock, and I find the Albion Oakshot fits like a glove - excellent.

Michael

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Mikael Ranelius




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PostPosted: Wed 23 Sep, 2015 2:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I bought my material from Slöjddetaljer http://www.slojd-detaljer.se/
I used birch veneer for the core but they also sell ash, unfortunately no poplar though. For the outer covering I used their thin vegetable-tanned calf skin. They also sell various sorts of glue for wood and leather.
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Michael A. H.




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PostPosted: Wed 23 Sep, 2015 5:01 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank's Mikael - one question though, it has been discussed on this forum that some wood has stronger acidity, and is not suited for scabbards since it tarnishes or oxidizes the blades, so how have either of the oak or ash worked out for you as scabbards? Have you noticed any effect on the blades when stored for longer time in them?
Thank's again and cheers,
Michael

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Isak Krogh




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PostPosted: Wed 23 Sep, 2015 2:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Holm Trävaror in Sala is a good place to find different types of wood.
http://www.holmtravaror.se/default.asp?PageID=512
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Mikael Ranelius




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PostPosted: Thu 24 Sep, 2015 4:25 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michael:
I have so far only used birch slats for my scabbards and it has worked fine without any effects on the blade. The only acidic and potentially harmful type of wood that I know of is oak.
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Michael A. H.




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PostPosted: Thu 24 Sep, 2015 4:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank's Mikael, that's really good to know - how thick were the birch slats (faner) that you used. I see a lot that are 2.5 mm thick. Is that too thin, or ok?
mvh,
Michael

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Michael A. H.




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PostPosted: Fri 25 Sep, 2015 12:45 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

why was this moved to the off topic forum? Is it not similar to this:
http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=32467
A word of explanation might be useful :-(
Cheers.

Michael

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Mikael Ranelius




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PostPosted: Mon 28 Sep, 2015 3:50 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michael A. H. wrote:
Thank's Mikael, that's really good to know - how thick were the birch slats (faner) that you used. I see a lot that are 2.5 mm thick. Is that too thin, or ok?
mvh,
Michael


2,5 mm is not too thin. I based my scabbards on findings from medieval Åbo/Turku (see Harjula, ”Sheaths, scabbards and grip coverings – the use of leather for portable personal objects in the 14th – 16th century Turku”). The (now perished) wood or rawhide scabbard core from the Turku finds would have been no more than about 2 mm thick.
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