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B. Bird




Location: Caithness
Joined: 13 Jan 2006

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PostPosted: Tue 13 Jun, 2006 6:42 am    Post subject: Introduction         Reply with quote

Hello to all Big Grin I've been lurking for quite some time and I came to the conclusions it was about time I said something and being the polite person I am I though I would say Hi first. I'm from Caithness in the far Noth of Scotland, an area blessed with quite a few ruins which I suppose is what kicked off my interest in swords and other older weapons. I was blessed with a grandfather who would take me out to all these sites as a child and tell me their history including any battles and if theres one thing a ruin has over any well preserved castle is that it gives your imagination free reign. My first loves sword wise were claymores and baskethilts because those were the swords I most commonly saw when I looked for Scottish swords and my first 2 swords were a claymore and baskethilt both wallhangers. My collection has grown since then and I have gotten into making the fittings for the odd blade myself as well as a scabbard every now and then. Here are a few pics of my most recent work if your interested.







For the sake of my vanity I have to point out I'm wearing some very baggy jeans in the first picture. The sword that the scabbard was made for is a custom piece from Rob Miller of Castle Keep and to be honest I couldnt praise the mans work highly enough. The design is carved into the ash and then enhanced by rubbing dark beswax polish as a finish as well as bringing out the design a little more it prevents any rain that may land on it getting settled in the creveses of the design and causeing damge





For this knife I made the blade myself which is only the second time I've ever tryed, the grip was inspired by a hunting knife Ied seen a few years back and the runes basically say who made the knife as well as saying how sharp and strong the blade is. If anybody would like to see any of my other pieces I'll be happy to post. To finish Ied just like to say how much I admire you all for building up a site thats informative as well as being friendly without the eliteism that I've seen on some other boards.

Buainidh mi an err reidh
Gum bu treuinide mo bhas
Gum bu bhlathaide mo bheuil
Gum bu ceumaide mo chas
Gum buh-eilean mi air tir
Leonar liomgach duine
Cha leon duine mi.

Carmina Gadelica
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Kirk Lee Spencer




Location: Texas
Joined: 24 Oct 2003

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PostPosted: Tue 13 Jun, 2006 7:29 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It is so good to have you here with us...

And that is some very fine work.

I really like the overall design of the knife, especially the grip.

Welcome!

ks

Two swords
Lit in Edenís flame
One of iron and one of ink
To place within a bloody hand
One of God or one of man
Our souls to one of
Two eternities
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J. Bedell




Location: Maryland, USA
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PostPosted: Tue 13 Jun, 2006 2:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Welcome to myArmoury!

Those scabbards are absolutely stunning. Thats some great work you do. That knife has a very nice look to it too. I am very impressed (and jealous Big Grin ).

-James

The pen may be mighter, but the sword is much more fun.
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Ken Rankin




Location: North Carolina
Joined: 12 Mar 2006

Posts: 69

PostPosted: Tue 13 Jun, 2006 3:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Heya Big Grin

The scabbards are beautiful! I am envious and in awe at the same time! How long did the sword scabbard take? What tools did you use? Did you use a pattern or draw the design free hand? What is your favorite color? Big Grin

Welcome!

Ken
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Jean Thibodeau




Location: Montreal,Quebec,Canada
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PostPosted: Tue 13 Jun, 2006 8:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Welcome to the site and very nice patterns to the carvings on the scabbard and knife hilts. Cool

And do post more pictures. Wink

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B. Bird




Location: Caithness
Joined: 13 Jan 2006

Posts: 11

PostPosted: Wed 14 Jun, 2006 2:09 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the warm welcome Big Grin The scabbard took about a month working when I wasnt at my job it was all done with handtools the carving was mostly done with carving knifes and the patteren was drawn freehand. I have to confess that the bird pattern was taken from a Gerorge Bain book on zoomorphics but the other 2 knots I came up with.
This is my athame the blade is made by Rob Miller. Most of the grip is bog oak but there are 2 copper bands near the base with an ash band between those and the end cap is silver. The 2 copper disks were endgraved with various runes before they were put on, not going to go into details but they basicicaly are all about purity of purpose, strength clear sight ect.



Buainidh mi an err reidh
Gum bu treuinide mo bhas
Gum bu bhlathaide mo bheuil
Gum bu ceumaide mo chas
Gum buh-eilean mi air tir
Leonar liomgach duine
Cha leon duine mi.

Carmina Gadelica
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David Martin




Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania
Joined: 11 Apr 2005

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PostPosted: Wed 14 Jun, 2006 7:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Welcome to myArmoury! Thank you for posting the pictures of your work. I'm a big fan of knotwork designs (and runes, for that matter), and yours are absolutely beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing additional photos of your work.

Best wishes,

David Martin

"When war-gods meet to match their might,
who can tell the bravest born?
Many a hero never made a hole
in another man's breast."

- Sigurd, The Lay of Fafnir
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Lee O'Hagan




Location: Northamptonshire,England
Joined: 30 Sep 2003
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PostPosted: Wed 14 Jun, 2006 8:45 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Cool
Hi BB,
How are ya,
Nice to see you here,
The sword from Rob turned out really well,i like the work with the scabbard, very fitting Cool
Good job on the knife too,
Later Big Grin
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