Bit by bit, I’ve been working out how to improve my viking shields. My poplar edged shield that I made for myself is 5.75 lbs and about 34-34.5″ in diameter, and is still holding up strong after probably a year. Even so, there are issues with it that later commissions have fixed, but not for this one. It was my first attempt using goat hide for edging, and I hadn’t gotten the trick of keeping the edging flat and flush with the edges. The stitching is far too wide per stitch, and of course I re-used a boss that I had with a terribly wide flange, probably making the thing 1/2 lb heavier than it should be.

For all that, it’s a good shield. Still: I want to try a new one. Why? Read on. Continue reading “Viking Shield Upgrade Experiment”

(image linked from Gizmodo article)

A new tag! I keep coming across stuff like this, where we find out that yes, ancient technology was done for very good reasons, and that no, we’re not necessarily more clever today than we used to be. Whether it be hinging movement and stance for fighting, thin faced round shields for viking combat . . . or a nifty way of extracting tar.

https://gizmodo.com/new-experiment-reveals-secret-behind-200-000-year-old-n-1798636925

A cool article about how 200,000 years ago, it was perfectly possible to do cool stuff.