SKILL SET FOR BEING AN ARMOURER
gleaned from books
History of armour.
When was it used. What
distinquishes a Gothic Plate from a Viking Haubergeon.
Names of the types of armour...where they were made and their
Names of the components which make up an armour.
What is a
cuisse, a ventaille, or a coultre?
Armourers were also called harness makers. They did a lot of
leather work as well as steel work.
You should know what kinds
of leather was used back then, and what is equivalent nowadays.
What is an integral keeper,
a strap end, or an aiglette?
Knowledge from work experence
You should already know:
how to use a file, a hacksaw, a
jig saw, a hand drill, a drill press, bench grinder and a bench vise.
gauge sizes of metal and
where they are used.
how to identify hot rolled,
cold rolled, annealed, work hardened or reworked steel
how to attach a buckle to a
peen a rivet
the metric system, the awg
system, the sae system, and standard fastening systems.
the use of safety
equipment...eye, ear, fire fighting
how to lay out a template
Knowledge you would learn on
the job here
dishing and raising of steel
using an english wheel
anvil work of all kinds
rivet spacing and choices
buffing, wire wheel finishing
The above list is nowhere near complete.
An employee would come in here knowing all the above things, and plenty
more besides. Though it sounds nice and romanic (yeah...I
make real battle ready medieval body armour, what do you do?) the fact
remains is that the novelty of pounding a recalcitrant piece of heavy
steel into a sandbag wears thin pretty quickly! This job is a lot
of real back breaking work! I never put an employee to a single
job all day...that would be cruel, but there is usually plenty of
variety. I believe in concurrent activities...(Make
buckles. Cut scales. Sweep the floor,) and I don't
object to proving time in the day for personal projects so long as it
doesn't interfear with my operation. An employee starts at
minimum wage, bonuses can be earned.
A student would pay ME for the knowledge. You would do best
to schedule a series of one day seminars rather than looking for
a long term programme. Pick and choose items from the above
list to customize your needs, and we'll stick to it. This is
personal, one-on-one tutoring, and it is not cheap. So maximize
your experience with basic knowledge first.
An apprentice would pay me for the knowledge in kind...that is to say,
rather than drawing a paycheque, he or she would work a certain number
of days in order to "pay" for a day's instruction. Sounds good on
paper, but the problem is "how do you afford to live" while you are
doing all that work? So there has to be an income from
somewhere. As you can imagine, this gets complicated really
fast! It rarely lasts past a week or so, though there are never
any hard feelings...its just that reality bites, and you gotta eat!
South Tower Saturdays....are essentially free. These are days where
people drop in to my shop and work on a personal project. I'll
make sure you don't break any of my tools, and you can learn a
lot by just doing. This might be the best thing if all you want
is a hobby, or to make an armour so you can get fighting. I
would suggest bringing burgers and beer....