Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Leather sword baldric

A little while back I made a paper pattern for an 18th century leather sword baldric, see the previous post.  Using I do not have a lot of spare leather left over from custom orders, but recently I did so I cut out some 3mm vegetable tanned leather and stitched it together with some tan linen thread. After it was finished I coated it in mink oil to slightly change the colour and to waterproof it, it will also change colour with age and should look very authentic with time. The nice replica 18th century buckle was purchased from Canada , overall it turned out pretty well for my 1st ever sword baldric and the scabbard fits nice and tightly into the baldric keeping the sword secure when moving. Pictured below are a few photos of the finished item .





Sunday, 19 February 2017

Buckles & Baldrics !

For many years I have wanted some Scottish weapons , replicas of course and on returning to NZ, I was given a nice French replica sword without a baldric. So today with some free time I set about drafting a 1-1 scale paper pattern of the 18th century baldric . This will come in very useful not only to make my baldric , but if anyone else wanted one I will have a good pattern to go by.  Once I have finished some custom orders and I get time I will use the pattern below to make a nice vegetable tanned 3mm cowhide baldric.  To make it period correct I also have purchased 4 x brass double D buckles , One for this baldric and the remaining buckles for stock in case anyone wants something the same.





The style of Baldric I hope to make is pictured below 








Sunday, 29 January 2017

Leather Craft



It's taken a few months but finally I have got my own flat, a nice upstairs apartment in Oamaru's main street and recently have just started leather work again in my spare time. I have been inundated with orders for my wet formed leather bags so have just started on them. When I have some time in between customers orders I need to make an 18th century baldric for my French sword. The style of baldric will be the same as the one pictured above and now I have a fantastic stitching pony on which to stitch it together. At a later date I will be making traditional 18th century baldrics in vegetable tan leather for sale with brass double D buckles , so if you have a sword and need a good quality baldric correct for Jacobite reenactment get in touch with me. I will also be making other items as well such as plaid belts and sporrans.  

Monday, 19 December 2016

Merry Xmas from the North Otago Jacobites

Greetings Everyone Sorry for the lack of posts recently, but like most people at this time of the year I have been rather busy. In the New Year I am moving into a new flat where luckily I will have room to finally set up my leather craft studio where I will then be able to continue with many projects, that have been put aside since my return to New Zealand. Personally I have a 18th century baldric to make for my French sword and a targe to complete which I am looking forward doing as these are things I have been wanting to finish for quite some time. Already I have received some interest from several locals who are keen to learn more about Jacobite reenacting and next year plan to hold several workshops making such items as targes, sporrans, bag hose etc. I will be purchasing a new computer and will build a website for the North Otago Jacobites , which this blog will be linked to providing a place where people can learn more about the aim of our group which is historically accurate impressions from the Jacobite rising period. Slainte Domhnall

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

A Harris Tweed weaver

The Isle of Harris in Scotland has long been the home of the world famous Harris Tweed, where home based weavers such as the one featured in the fantastic video continue to make tweed of various patterns. For those interested in the Jacobite period Harris tweed is the best woven tartan that closely resembles what was being made in Scotland in the 18th century. Not all Harris tweed tartans are suitable, but the muted non bright tartans are perfect for any 18th century Jacobite impression. While some may be scared off from purchasing this tweed because of the high price , please remember the hours that go into making such tweed and the quality is reflect the retail price, you will not be disappointed in the quality I can assure you. So watch the attached video to see how it is made !

A Harris Tweed Weaver from alistair80537 on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Clan Campbell

If you are from clan  Lamont or one of it's septs, l do not need to explain to you why we are not friendly with Clan Campbell. Apart from treating the Lamont clan badly and taking sides with the English, they generally were not popular in the Scottish highlands. In fact many taverns had and some may still have signs reading " No Campbell's Allowed ". Out of principle l do not support any businesses owned or operated by members of Clan Campbell, which means I do not eat their shortbread, luckily Walkers makes a nice shortbread instead. To my dismay the town where I now reside has a popular butchery called " Campbell's Butchery " , you really have to search hard in the local supermarket to avoid any of their products as they make sausages, black puddings and other small goods.To make matters worse it seems they are quite proud of the family roots and even have a stylized clan badge featuring a wild looking boar on their signage . It makes me wonder if they really know much about their Clan history at all. Pictured in this post is their family butchery logo !

Friday, 28 October 2016

My new sword - a French epee du soldat

When l lived in Japan, l was unable to purchase any replica Scottish weapons , such as firearms, swords etc. But when I decided to return home to be closer to sick family members here in New Zealand. I did start window shopping for jacobite period swords , even though I did not have the extra funds to purchase anything at the time. While the Scottish basket hilt swords are the most popular among reenactors. That is not your only choice. If you wanted to portray a lower class of jacobite , there is nothing wrong with only having a locharbour axe !. After receiving some fantastic advice from my good friend Henrik who is an expert on jacobite period weapons he also mentioned the French epee du soldat sword which was brought over in great numbers from France to arm the jacobite groups. The Scottish basket hilts were only carried by 25 percent of the troups as they were very expensive. The rest were armed with older swords, French swords such as the one mentioned above or British infantry hangers that were captured from enemy troops. I had already decided that as l am trying to portray middle-class rank and file jacobite that the French sword would suit me best. So imagine my surprise to be given one by my good friend clansman Maclean on my birthday. I was almost lost for words - those who know me well would tell you that is quite a rare thing. So l would like to save a big thanks David, for presenting me with my 1st ever sword !. Looking forward to making a nice leather baldrick for it when I get time.  Posted below is a photo of my new sword.