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Your favorite tools for "tooling";)

Postby oleg on Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:07 pm

Hi,

I'm in the process of new sheaths creation. As it's going to be decorated with "tooling", I'd like to get more information, at best images of finds with such decoration. As I understand, "point" of the tool should be around 1mm. And upper surface should not be damaged/cut.

I can attach my trial-piece. Any photos of the finds or your works are appreciated.
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Re: Your favorite tools for "tooling";)

Postby brendan on Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:14 am

What time period?
The Viking Sheaths and Scabbards book for Dublin is pretty good and a companion piece to the one by Esther Cameron produced for across the water. There are lots of drawings in each one.
As a general thing if you have Anglo Saxon designs they are good for Dublin as well (I have even heard of an argument for Dublin being an essentially Anglo Saxon town, but I digress)

As for tools, depends on the depth of the leather really. I have some fancy modern ones with shapes on them, but they have been of limited use to me. a flat headed nail an a hammer work well...oh and damp leather (I am sure that you know that already)
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Re: Your favorite tools for "tooling";)

Postby oleg on Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:23 pm

Hi Brendan,

I've read Sheaths and Scabbards recently, as a part of research/preparation before starting. The book is worth buying, for sure.

The design I'll be trying to reproduce is quite straight-forward relatively easy to make - parallel lines.
I was impressed by luxury E-type sheaths with more complicated decoration (curved lines, "fill tooling" for meander like patterns ).
Thanks for the hint with the hammer. Now "fill tooling" became clear.

Still, I appreciate any photos with objects/finds from Early Medieval Era, just to make sure I understand it right. Language barrier, you know ;) .
PM me if you don't want to upload'em here.
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Re: Your favorite tools for "tooling";)

Postby Seathrun on Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:31 pm

I have Camerons books I need to get the Dublin one. I made many of my tools. I am making a set from antler for public shows. Leatherworker.net has good info. I am lucky there is a leather and tool wholesaler about 7 miles from me. I am looking at a few plates on the Aachen Trondheim and a Dublin sheath with the "made by me" etc and it looks like the text is upside down. I am assuming the metal edging on the scabbard goes up. Also dies the metal fold over the edge or is it two plates edging both sides?
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Re: Your favorite tools for "tooling";)

Postby Seathrun on Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:02 am

Easter talked about impressed decoration with the only stamping being the ring and dot. One half moon knife find round and diamond shaped awls one creaser. I have not found evidence of cut work tooling in the Viking period. Still looking so it could be out there. Has anyone actually seen painted leatherwork other than books or scrolls. Easter states dyeing is post conquest.
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Re: Your favorite tools for "tooling";)

Postby oleg on Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:38 pm

Cameron says that there are no finds of E1 types sheaths with metal fittings from Dublin, so we can only guess what was there.
I wanted a couple of closeups with tooled decoration for the period and found them in PDF from York.
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Re: Your favorite tools for "tooling";)

Postby Seathrun on Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:13 am

http://www.ravensborg.org/
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Re: Your favorite tools for "tooling";)

Postby oleg on Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:40 am

Thanks, Seth.

Here come my examples ;)
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Re: Your favorite tools for "tooling";)

Postby Seathrun on Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:00 am

Great job.
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