A Pretty Dagger, By Beardalin

So what do you do when you have your teeth in your foes throat but they wont take the hit? You need to shank them! what better tool than a pretty knife? The PD dagger is a fairly simple construction. I used a 3/8ths” fiberglass rod that was left over about 15″ is all I […]

PD Heater Shield, By Beardalin

This is a Dwarven inspired shield with images from the Hobbit, the dragon Smog, the Lonely Mountain, and an array of axes flanking the center. The edge is done in runes for Strength, Wisdom, and Enchanted Gold.   This shield is a plywood cored build, we started with a scrap of 3/4″ ply, cut to […]

Bound leather sword handles

Back when I was first joining Drentha in 2010, I would make leather handles by wrapping them with a long strip. This looked okay, but took a lot of leather (that also wasn’t always easy to get in a correctly-shaped scrap). Now that I have a bit more experience, my methods have improved, and I […]

Project Post: Ilsa’s Fitted Fighting Cotehardie

Hello, folks! It’s Ilsa, here, and I’m going to show off a tunic I sewed this fall. I’m bored with the basic gored tunic (makes sense, after sewing literally hundreds of them, right?), so I decided to explore some later-medieval silhouettes. First up, I tackled my own fantasy version of the 14th century cotehardie. It’s fun, fitted, […]

Early Anglo-Saxon Tunic

Last year I posted about my desire to go back to basics in my garb, to make simple garments whose details were exactingly, carefully researched to be as appropriate for my historical sixth-century English persona as I could achieve. I concluded that I should pay more attention to fabric, to color, and to weave, and […]

Anglo-Viking Shield

This is a repost of an entry I wrote six years ago that has now vanished into the depths of the internet. I’m reposting it because I’m still very happy with how this shield — which I used for many years — turned out. — I first tried my hand Plastidipping a shield two years […]

Forging an early Anglo-Saxon knife

Over the holiday weekend, I decided to test my new soup can propane forge. I chose to make a simple everyday-carry knife for my sixth-century Anglo-Saxon persona. For the blade, I decided to recycle an old triangular file that I found at a flee market for 50¢. Most early Anglo-Saxon knives were made from wrought […]