Info Favorites Register Log in
myArmoury.com Discussion Forums

Forum index Memberlist Usergroups Spotlight Topics Search
Forum Index > Historical Arms Talk > First attempt at a scabbard: Albion GallowglassDIY Project Reply to topic
This is a standard topic  
Author Message
Marcus Kouma





Joined: 10 Mar 2007

Posts: 4

PostPosted: Thu 18 May, 2017 6:51 am    Post subject: First attempt at a scabbard: Albion Gallowglass         Reply with quote

After years and years and years (and years) of longing from a distance, I decided it was now-or-never when Albion announced that the Gallowglass run was down to just three remaining swords and ordered one. This is my first not-utterly-terrible sword, and I decided to have a go at making a scabbard for it. All in all, I think it came out fairly well (considering I've absolutely no prior experience with leather or metal work and only the barest minimum experience with wood), and I wanted to share.

Thanks!

View user's profile Send private message
Ian Hutchison




Location: Louisiana / Nordrhein-Westholland
Joined: 27 Nov 2007

Posts: 410

PostPosted: Thu 18 May, 2017 9:04 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks great, first attempt or no! Did you sew up the seam in the back or just glue? That's where my first attempt was most difficult. I just glued but even that didn't come out straight.
'We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose.' - Adrian Carton de Wiart
View user's profile Send private message
Marcus Kouma





Joined: 10 Mar 2007

Posts: 4

PostPosted: Thu 18 May, 2017 9:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks! I'm pretty happy with how it came out, despite a few mishaps here and there. It's stitched up the back; I only used glue to attach the risers to the core and to secure the chape.

Here's a picture before dying the leather. I somehow got the holes out of alignment while punching them, so the seam wanted to pull to the side pretty badly. That said it still came out relatively straight-ish.

View user's profile Send private message
Fisher Lobdell




Location: Kansas city
Joined: 03 Nov 2016
Reading list: 14 books

Posts: 53

PostPosted: Fri 30 Jun, 2017 8:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, first one. Eek!
Absence of evidence is not necessarily the evedence of
Absence. Ewart Oakeshotte.
View user's profile Send private message
Joe Fults




Location: Midwest
Joined: 02 Sep 2003

Posts: 3,344

PostPosted: Fri 30 Jun, 2017 9:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks pretty good...guess you'll just have to keep doing them!
"Our life is what our thoughts make it"
-Marcus Aurelius

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
-John F. Kennedy
View user's profile Send private message
Mark C. Moore




Location: East Texas
Joined: 17 Apr 2017

Posts: 211

PostPosted: Fri 30 Jun, 2017 3:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Pretty good is an understatement! That looks fantastic for a first attempt! I mirror Joe's thoughts though....buy more scabbardless swords and do it again...and again...and, well, you know. Wink Practice makes perfect! Big Grin ....McM
''Life is like box of chocolates....."--- F. Gump
View user's profile Send private message
Terry Thompson




Location: Suburbs of Wash D.C.
Joined: 17 Sep 2010

Posts: 130

PostPosted: Sat 01 Jul, 2017 4:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm just curious, but is the wooden core a sandwich or dug-out method? Or is it formed/clamped bent slat style?
It looks excellent either way.
-Terry
View user's profile Send private message
Jean Thibodeau




Location: Montreal,Quebec,Canada
Joined: 15 Mar 2004
Likes: 50 pages
Reading list: 1 book

Spotlight topics: 5
Posts: 8,078

PostPosted: Sat 01 Jul, 2017 6:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If you hadn't " spilled the beans ' and told us that it was your first effort I could have easily believed that it was made by an industry professional. Surprised Cool

If this is your skill level starting point you can only get better with making more of them and maybe start making them for other people as a part time business. ( Although it depends on wanting to keep it just as a hobby, or not, but the potential is there ).

You can easily give up your freedom. You have to fight hard to get it back!
View user's profile Send private message
Marcus Kouma





Joined: 10 Mar 2007

Posts: 4

PostPosted: Thu 06 Jul, 2017 7:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Terry Thompson wrote:
I'm just curious, but is the wooden core a sandwich or dug-out method? Or is it formed/clamped bent slat style?
It looks excellent either way.
-Terry


The core is formed from two slats of poplar that I hollowed out (using a router, because I'm impatient). I traced around the blade and then measured the thickness at several points with some digital calipers that I bought specifically for this project/purpose.









(I may have essentially zero experience with woodworking, my fiancée enjoys doing small projects, so she had several things that came in handy—like a workbench.)


The final shape of the core is asymmetrical, but I only realized that once I'd measured and cut out my leather, so I just went with it, although I did really want to go back and shape it more to get it thinner and more rounded/lenticular. That said, I think it came out well enough.










If I'm unhappy with any part of it, it would be the chape at end of the scabbard. Of course, having zero experience with metalworking of any kind, I don't know that I should expect any better. I still do want to rip it off and give it another go at some point, since I've still got most of the piece of steel I bought.





Last edited by Marcus Kouma on Thu 06 Jul, 2017 7:40 pm; edited 1 time in total
View user's profile Send private message
Marcus Kouma





Joined: 10 Mar 2007

Posts: 4

PostPosted: Thu 06 Jul, 2017 7:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind words, everyone! This was a really fun project, and I'm chomping at the bit to do another once I get something to stick in it...
View user's profile Send private message


Display posts from previous:   
Forum Index > Historical Arms Talk > First attempt at a scabbard: Albion GallowglassDIY Project
Page 1 of 1 Reply to topic
All times are GMT - 8 Hours

View previous topic :: View next topic
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum






All contents © Copyright 2003-2017 myArmoury.com — All rights reserved
Discussion forums powered by phpBB © The phpBB Group
Switch to the Basic Low-bandwidth Version of the forum