The truth is that I had to temporary dump the catalog project, as I have been totally engaged in the armouring - which is still the most important part of my job. In addition as I've lost over two weeks being ill, I'll have to double my efforts in the workshop to speed up with things, and there are some delicious things coming ;)
Although I'm not writing often here on blog I try to keep my gallery fresh, perhaps not as fresh as for example my Facebook fan page (which is linked on the right BTW), but still you can find there something new, every few months.
Here are a few photos of some recent projects :
I know it's just a glimpse of my recent work, but as already mentioned you can check my GALLERY for more.
Words simply can't describe it :)
You better see this yourselves :
The video is quite raw, but I don't think I'll have time anytime soon to work on it , commissions are waiting, as well as plans to move out with my workshop to some bigger space. Catalog of example products with prices is still in the works, hope to finely have it done around Christmas ... Oh wait... It's time already!
Perhaps you may think that I'm lazy and I'm lying on Waikiki beach sunbathing, drinking rum and coca cola, but the truth is I've been quite active in the workshop. Beside regular commissions I finally managed to have some tool making and maintenance time, also catalog is getting shape. New polishing machine almost installed in place, hammers , stakes, belt grinder little upgrades, Oh yes, catalog... I don't know why I thought that it would be only one or two weeks work in the evening time... Second month since I started working on it is passing now... I'm pretty close to finish, I think.
Next time I'll post some pics of recent commissions , and from Company of Saint George 25th anniversary, when I had pleasure to meet for the first time wonderful brigantines maker -Ash Barber and great blade smith Peter Johnson, not to mention astonishing crossbows producer - Enrico Lazzari. And naturally meeting all those great old friends from all over Europe , I've met during last 5 years attending CstG events :)
I've noticed that I didn't even post the pictures of finished set! So that is gonna be quick!
All except helmet and gauntlets is my hard work, blood, sweat and tears made in 50 HF spring steel, hardened and tempered to about 50HRC, hot blackened in oil, with etched brasses attached ( prayer to st . Michael)
Gauntlets and helmet were only blackened by my, also I made brasses :)
I'm sure that one day I'll write more about this commission , however I need to go back to work , as I'm running out of time :) here is the link for the gallery : https://picasaweb.google.com/112410089144735130011/TheBlackKnightMarkII
From the " leftovers" I made another set in black knight style, but I still wait for the photos from the customer!