Category: celtic

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I feel I may have made a mistake…

So, for those who’ve known my blog for a while, you know that I’m an archer.

For those who didn’t, there you go.

My mistake might have been that I just bought 12 carbon arrows with screw points from eBay for cheap with free shipping. Like a dozen for maybe AU$26.

My next mistake was, I bought some larp arrow tips, like the big foam ones not the golf ball ones, for about AU$45-50 with free shipping.

I can’t remember the exact amount off the top of my head, but the point is that if they all fit into each other, I’ll have subverted the 6 for $80 larp arrow problem.

The reason I’m getting this shit is because, I went to the Armidale gathering this year at the end of March, it’s held in a pine forest, now as a reenactor Ive currently only got access to padded javelins as a ranged weapon, however if I can get enough people ok with me using these arrows in combat, while using the same rule set for Non-combatant peltasts, I can make a significant difference to my side, more so than with just a sword and shield.

So stay tuned.

Collaboration with the lovely @felvae coming t…

Collaboration with the lovely @felvae coming to fruition these photos will be added to my website as well as shared here!

Shes wearing some of our viking hair beads crafted by the talented viking kristall company, which are frankly the best metal hair beads i have seen, you can get them at www.lykosleather.com

#dreads #beads #beauty #makeup #heathen #hetahenmade #knotwork #celtic #jewelry #vikingjewelry

Officially back from our weekend event, unpack…

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Officially back from our weekend event, unpacked and orders are now flying out the door again! I wanted to share a bit of the madness of events this was a Slow day right before jousting but it was such a fun event as always. Some highlights for me at the @sonora_celtic_faire is always Welsh cakes, Meat pies and the real jousting/mele is always a treat.

#jousting #mele #combat #medieval #medievalcombat #celtic #celticaire #renfaire #renaissancefestival #renaissance #viking

Our faire season starts tomorrow! The Lykos Le…

Our faire season starts tomorrow! The Lykos Leather booth will be up at the edge of spring celtic festival in Auburn CA then next week Nornewoven and i will be set up at one of of my favorre events the @sonora_celtic_faire and we will be open from friday to sunday! Come out say hello drink some mead with us and see our wares in person!

#joust #medieval #viking #pagan #heathen #celtic #renaissancefestival #renaissance

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Update on my helmet

For the last I dunno months I had a butted mail aventail on it to meet the requirements for combat stating that there must be “protection for the back of neck at least…” and it looked like this

Problem with butted mail like this is it catches on everything.

I ordered a mail aventail (probably designed for a bascinet helmet rather than a spangenhelm) and have spent the afternoon fixing up my helmet, adding this new aventail.

It’s 95% of the way done, now all I need to do is make a small brass hook for the nasal so I can lift up the front to fix it where I held it in the last picture.

This’ll give me the option to unhook it to have a drink instead of having to perform gymnastics to drink like other members do.

I didn’t want to wear a full coif with mail, I get a little claustrophobic and it’s way to hot in Australia to do that.

Soo apparently i forgot to post this with life…

Soo apparently i forgot to post this with life being crazy lately but, heres the lovely brittany from @midgaarb rocking her garb as well as my “Kings Ransom” belt which was a seriously fun knot-work pattern to tool if not a bit mind numbing, im also super excited that i have some viking age buckles coming to the shop soon so i will be adding a bunch of new listings and upgrade options for existing belts. Last but not least go check out @the_bone_carver who made the beautiful knot-work antler pendant, we have a couple collaborations coming up soon!

#garb #viking #shieldmaiden #pagan #asatru #heathen #knotwork #celtic #knotwork #yggdrasill #norse #honoryourancestors

Detail shot! #replica #viking #Scandinavian…

Detail shot!

#replica #viking #Scandinavian #leather #norse #reenactment #pagan #heathen #renaissance #historical #history #renaissancefestival #celtic

“A cleaved head no longer plots”. …

“A cleaved head no longer plots”.

#replica #viking #Scandinavian #leather #norse #reenactment #pagan #heathen #renaissance #historical #history #renaissancefestival #celtic

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A new gambeson

I’m starting the gambeson making process, not a historically accurate one, well as historically accurate as for my time period as possible as there aren’t any finds/depictions for the latter half of the Viking era.

It’s basically going to be a short sleeved padded tunic, going for simplicity over beauty, after all its going to be hidden under my mail.

I might change the design to be a jacket front so I can get in and out of it quickly because, well…Australia is hot.

So here’s the first photo dump.

I’m using wool felt underlay as the padding as it’s dense and can be stitched relatively easily, many people in my club use this or old woollen blankets as padding due to ease of access to materials.

Looking to design some more kidney belts hit m…

Looking to design some more kidney belts hit me up if your interested in one! Heres a great shot from the beautiful @camillekennerly wearing one of my knot work belts.

#replica #viking #Scandinavian #leather #norse #reenactment #pagan #heathen #renaissance #historical #history #renaissancefestival #celtic