I'll go to your classroom to give demos on armour,
as it related to life in the Middle Ages.
|I WILL PERSONALLY MAKE
PROPERLY FITTED AND WELL MADE
MEDIEVAL BODY ARMOUR
South Tower Armouring Guild Newsletter.Introductory Message
news from the forge
South Tower Armouring Guild
William Fedun, Proprietor
Lets see, whats up this year? (I see that a lot
of organizers of these great shows are now panting with
exhaustion, and have not finalized dates for 2014.
Well, I'll put them up here as soon as I can get the
Company of the Sword continues to train every week
in formal classes.
We keep that web site pretty current...
(16 hours Friday evenings 7 to 9:30 in the "P"
building. Wednesday evenings) . June 4th, 2014
Course code is GEN 0105
Algonquin College Registrar's Office is 1385 Woodruff
Ave, Rm. C150, Ottawa Ont., K2G 1V8. tel
613-727-0002, or 1-800-565-4723, fax613-727-7754
email AskAlgonquin@algonquincollege.com. The above
links have been checked as of 01 September 2013, so
there should be no problems.
Why go through the college?
The college asks a touch over ten dollars an hour for
classes. NOBODY in Ottawa will rent us gym space
with mats for that low amount, particularly when you
factor in insurance! This is a deal!
Chivalrous Handling Course...Level 1 Plante
Baths Sunday mornings 10:30 to 12:30
The basic course is needed to get started in sword
handling and be able to do it safely, a good
grounding. Not a lot of "dirty tricks", but you
get all the basic moves required to prove yourself as a
competent swordsman on the field.
Chivalrous Sword Handling Level 1 Sun @ 10:30-12:30pm
Starts April 20, 2014 Check exact dates and
times and prices by phoning 613-232-3000
Chivalrous Handling Course...Level 2 Plante
Baths (taught concurrently with basic course
Chivalrous Sword Handling Level 2 Sun 1:30-3:30 pm
Starts Starts April 20 2014 Check exact dates and times and prices by phoning 613-232-3000
Check exact dates and times and prices by phoning 613-232-3000
course code 864781
Remember, sign up early. The earlier the better, because if we don't get the sign ups, we will end up combining classes, and doing other, less palatable things.
quicker updates are available at www.armouredswords.ca
We do a lot with these fight classes. You can follow a lot of it on my fight blog, and you can see a lot of stuff on my youtube channel, some of it even mine!
(enter Bill the Sword Guy into the search line, and then go to "play lists". Waste an afternoon or two!)
New Line of Swords
Thank you EBay and children with their parent's Visa
cards, we no longer sell swords "on line". One
exception will be our wonderful rescue swords.
These are antiques which have been re-hilted and
re-scabbarded. I have put some of Tom Kazor's
"rescue" swords up on my "Featured
Item" pages for you to check out, and see how drop
dead gorgeous a simple weapon can be! These are
the swords they wrote sagas about!
I won't be selling any other weapons on these pages...I have chosen not to even attempt to win the race to the bottom. I will leave that to my increasingly desperate competition. (They are so cute as they bring in cheaper and cheaper junk! Look at this face...do I LOOK worried about these guys?) But if you saw something at a show we were at, please contact me, bet I can find it for you!
Medieval Armour Projects
The two piece armour seems to be the most
popular. And I have a couple of new tasset
designs. Click TwoPiece to
see the two piece armour designs. They are looking
better and better all the time! And I think I
might have finally perfected the "South Tower
Spauldler". click Spauldler
to see those, or just go to page "two" of the single
pieces section of the armoury. (I know...its
properly spelled "spadlerer", but who am I to fly in the
face of the D and D world?)
Body Armour Cuirass. Breast/back/faulds/tassets.
One, Two and Three Piece combos.
New for 2014 Cast medieval buckles.
(look at the smiles! Think they were having fun?)
Absolutely perfect for students who have the summers
The South Tower Armouring Guild is a sole proprietorship registered in Ontario in 1995. In effect, it is a group of individuals who make armour in the medieval fashion, and test it out by fighting in it with real swords. The armour made in William Fedun's shop have been used in fight clubs all over the world, and have been seen on stage and screen. It is real armour, designs of which are based on measured drawings he personally made while studying in museums in Malta and Vienna. For further information, call 613-821-1846, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
So many people have asked me for formal
classes. As I observe the people who make armour
in my shop on my usual open house Saturdays, I am struck
by a couple of things...mostly that though the spirit is
always willing (and boy is it ever willing!), the
knowledge base and skill set of how to make a good
looking armour is simply not there. Drill bits
spin in their chucks, and rivets rattle. Breastplates
are lumpy and mis-shapen and sharp edges abrade
skin. Making armour is a skill, like typing
or learning to drive, and what one person can do another
person can learn how to do as well.
Acclaimed Medieval Armour maker William Fedun is offering formal armour making classes at his armouring shop in the village of Metcalfe (just south of Ottawa) on Fridays, starting 30 August. His description follows:
The whole course is only seven well spaced out
days. I expect you to take advantage of the "South
Tower Saturdays" to finish your projects because I would
rather spend valuable class time teaching you new stuff
rather than to do drills. A lot of people have
their weekends booked up over the summer, so I have set
aside Fridays for formal training. Day one is the
safety and basic tools training day...all other days
require day one as a prerequisite. Days 2 through 7
pretty much stand on their own. I rarely take more
than two students per Friday, so when you book it, you
tell ME which day in the below list you want me to
cover. Bookings for these classes....
email@example.com or phone 613-821-1846
Day 1, afternoon and evening.
....rolling of edges, and compound curving of steel using common metal shop tools. Extensive training in the use of the English Wheel will result in above standard finishes. Cutting of leather straps and attaching of buckles will bring the armour from a pile of random pieces to a professional well fitted suit of armour. The graduate will go home with a real medieval breastplate sized and fitted to themselves. Most people will require 2 to 3 Saturdays to finish their projects off. Although there is supervision on Saturdays, there is little time to teach.
Day 2 morning
Day 2, afternoon and evening.
Day 3. This day included working with different
metals such as aluminum, brass, copper and hot or cold
rolled steel. Chemical and fire colouring is explained
Day 4. Working with leather, shaping, dishing,
tooling and hardening. Some beautiful "armour" is
made from tooled leather. More suitable for
"parade" armour than real battle armour, you may as well
make it look good. After a day of MY instruction,
you can't help but make it look darned good!
Day 5. includes eyeletting, buckle making
repoussee and chasing onto steel. . Leather
tooling and decoration are demonstrated. Students
will go home with a fire coloured pair of vambraces with
their coat of arms embossed onto them.
Day 6. Chain maille, scale armour, and
Brigantine. Design considerations. There are
plenty of crappy chain shirts out there, learn how to
make one that fits.
Day 7. Helmets...and other heavy plate items such
as Grande Gardes, and jousting armour science are
The graduate will become conversant with armour types and styles. Some experience with heavy armour plate will allow the student to start in on a helmet.There are fees involved in all these classes....and a materials cost. Even so, it ends up being a lot less expensive than getting me to make it. If you got a couple hundred bucks ($120.00 per day plus tax and materials of about 40 dollars) and some sweat equity, you can get an armour. email me for bookings and schedules. firstname.lastname@example.org Special rates for ACS members. Material costs...well, you can build an entire top to bottom suit of armour including gauntlets and sabatons for under a hundred dollars. Sound good yet?
I will be opening my shop to folks who want to make their own armour on Saturdays through September and October. Emphasis on Saturday, and again by appointment for folks who work Saturdays. You really need the basic course or its equivalent if you want to work here on Saturdays though...otherwise you will be a stump turtle. Out of towners....we'll talk. Saturdays are not a formal class.
I can be reached at 613-821-1846 to make sure there will be room for you. Try not to call before nine on Saturday mornings unless you need directions....we all have hangovers. So far dozens of armours have been made by enthusiastic visitors! (We have all the materials you could need...this IS a metal working shop dedicated to making armour, and yeah, its okay to bring your own materials.) My students, SCA and AEMMA and OMSG members are particularly welcome.
Saturday shop fees may be waived by bringing beer and burgers. It usually ends up as a party.... How bad can THAT be?
If you are coming from farther away than Ottawa (or drank too much of my whiskey), crash space is available.
Every once in a while, I get somebody who wants to be either an apprentice, or an employee, or student. This is what you need for that...click HERE to see what you have to bring to the table if you want to work in my shop for more than a standard Saturday open house. The placement test for the course is here. (if you have trouble with that test, you may consider taking a class!) Any school that wishes to have me teach formal classes may check out my lesson plan HERE.
Professional Development Projects
Internal Links of interest
Prague Armour Gallery..........................
Our Own Chivalrous Swordhandlers website
Woodworking and blacksmith shops are in the planning stage right now. More building! Watch me build!
Swords on Line, Knives on Line
Oh, and just so you know...this web domain site,
like me, is large, cumbersome, and often out of
date! I notice that some of the pages are
really dated....they are only there to hold space for
something more important to put up there, such pages are
clearly marked when you drop into them. I hereby
state that IF
the knive or sword is still offered, and IF I can still get
it, then I WILL honour the price
Swords... Bermejo is based in Toledo,
Spain, and they have been making premium swords since
1911. Bermejo swords are tool steel, oil
tempered. Don't let the heavy gold plating on the
crisply detailed brass furniture and chrome plating on
the sword fool you...these swords are ready for
fighting. In fact, they are "issue" swords to many
of the armies in the world. Therefore they are
VERY pretty, light, quick, and surprisingly
serviceable. And for a serviceable sword, they are
also surprisingly inexpensive. You can see a nice
sampling of the swords in the "contemporary swords" area
in the map above. (Go to "weapons shop!) The Bermejo
company went under in 2008, and their assets were
purchased by "Armedeo Espania", also known as "Toledo
Hanwei Swords ... The state of the art in sword making today are the Hanwei swords. Justly famous, they single handedly overturn the accepted ideas about Chinese quality....Hanwei makes really good swords, and due to an accident of international currency exchange, very inexpensive for North Americans. This state of affairs will not last. (I note that prices of the China made swords have increased by 23 percent in the last year! Its starting! Late breaking news...I noted in the last sentence that the prices and increased by 23%. Well, they have doubled since I wrote that back in February! Just as the prices rose to their proper level in Hong Kong in the sixties, the proper level in Japan in the 70' and 80's, they are rising to their proper level after ten years of over competive pricing in China. Don't panic....its just normal market forces at work. They are STILL the best deal out there!
In the showroom....
You can also find
in the showroom fighting gloves in both goat skin and
deer skin, padded vests, South Tower Armouring Guild Tee
shirts and patches, and a huge quantity of knives and
swords that never quite seem to be put onto the web
site. People have told me I should charge admission to
walk through my showroom! I have plenty of armours on
display, my personal collections, and lets face
it, I built it because Brenda was tired of stubbing her
toes on chain mail shirts lying in her living
room. So that is where I put all the cool
stuff. So if you find yourself in the Ottawa
area.....please drop in.
Traveling to your place to train
Surfing the web...
(Now on to business)
To the Canadian customer..... as of September 2013
I am based in Canada, and therefore have some advantages over my US based competition, especially when it comes to Canadian orders of US imported products, especially swords and knives. You find it on line someplace, and I'll get it in for you. Some places refuse to ship to Canada, due to difficulties with over-zealous border guards and their ever changing and often contradictory orders from Ottawa! Things which are perfectly legal in Canada AND in the States can be seized at the border with NO compensation! It HAS happened! I will guarantee that whatever it is that you order will be perfectly legal throughout Canada....no surprises. No seizures, no sudden extra charges like HST, GST, PST and duties assessed on the insured value instead of the invoiced value.
Canadians will pay GST, or HST if applicable, plus shipping from Metcalfe, Ontario. I will cover all the DUTIES, BORDER CROSSING FEES AND SHIPPING TO THE BORDER, and all BROKERAGE FEES. Does your E-Bay store do that? Or do they make their money by high shipping and handling charges? The story of the five dollar knife with 25 dollar s&h is depressingly common.
Canadian orders are processed in Canada. I have put a currency converter on every page to assist you to convert from somebody else's advertised US price to the Canadian price. See "Terms of Sale" below before placing an order.
The Canadian Dollar is nearly identical with the US
dollar as of this writing.
I have to pick a baseline price...and that is Canadian,
because my bank is Canadian, and so credit cards are
processed in Canadian funds. Its much the same cost as
US dollars...but of course there IS an exchange
rate. It is usually favorable so worth the hassle.
Normally the US banks don't have a problem with currency exchanges, but keep an eye on them. They are only human, and have been known to miss a Canadian transaction. Watch your credit card statement and make sure they handle the exchange rate correctly.
Americans only pay one tax....a ten dollar and seventy five cent border crossing "paperwork" fee. Doesn't matter the size of the order....the fee is the same.
I bring it across to the States on a routine trip
that I don't charge you for. Shipping in the US is
figured from Ogdensburg, New York, either US Mail, or
Fed Ex ground...your choice. I email you the tracking
Terms of Sale
I don't take advance money until it is time to make your
item. Then I request a half down ....and the
rest before I ship. I don't do payment
plans...they add complications to an already complex
task. I don't usually request a non-refundable
full advance payment for customized portions
of the work. This may or may not include drawings,
depending on how elaborate we are getting.
Changes halfway through the job will be costly, better
to sort it all out on paper first! You can figure
on a development charge to design a truly custom
armour. (I call this an "are you serious?" charge,
and it will certainly apply to Wizard of Oz tin men, and
Tony Stark's Iron Man and almost anything from an Amime
movie!) Sometimes a modification is no big
deal...say scalloping the edges or replacing a lace with
a buckle, and of course, making it fit you is not
"customizing" or chargable in the same sense as, say,
embossing a dragon on your breastplate. I would
HOPE that any item you order from me would fit you as a
matter of course!
If I cannot complete your
custom project I will return your money. (of
A photograph of you front and side (in a tee shirt is fine) will go a long ways to tailor your armour correctly.
Shipping costs are non-refundable
Who owns the drawings? All intellectual property
is mine. This includes pictures on this web site,
templates and draft patterns. I invoke copyright on all
such materials. So no, you can't have my drawings
to help you or that other armourer make that custom
piece. Even IF you have paid a development charge.
And turnabout is fair play...other artists and armour
makers are safe from me ripping them off. So that
Doctor Doom mask you want me to make? Best obtain
that copyright before you get me to make it. That
Deviant Art pic you like so much....get the artist to
sign off on me making it. Doesn't take much
effort, and shows the chivalry which defines your
character. No big deal, usually, most artists are
ticked pink that you had the courtesy to
ASK! Same does NOT apply to Paramount
Pictures, Marvel Comics, Halo, Mass Effect, or
other video games. Those guys have lawyers on
retainer happily trolling the comic cons looking for
work! Think twice. I will.
When comparing prices, please keep un-advertised costs
such as hidden handling fees in mind. Sometimes that
great deal on "Cheap Swords dot com" might not be so
great once all the nickles and dimes are factored in.
-- Bill Fedun, owner, proprietor--