I want a proper shield for the Battle of Wisby.
I have never tried to make a shield before, let alone used one, only tried a small buckler at fencing training. And I’m not much of a woodworker at all. Even if I’ve had some training at it, I get frustrated handling materials that are less forgiving than fabric.
But I do work in other materials from time to time. I think it is a good thing to challenge yourself with projects out of your comfort zone sometimes, otherwise you’ll never develop and learn new things.
So, when you stand there, all out of your comfort zone, but committed to a new project – what to do? I looked at period pictures and asked around among my fighting friends, what kind of shields do they use?
What kind of shields are common during late 14th century? Are there any types of shields that seem to be only for the more privileged in society? How big should my shield be, and how heavy of a shield can I carry and still be effective and protective in a fight? And how should it be made?
Johan had the answers on many of my questions. He has written an excellent text on the topic of shield-making and I hope I’ll be able to share his tutorial here in a future post. So, no further details on how to make shields today. I’ll save that for Johans tutorial since I’m such a newbie on shieldmaking. Until then, here are some teasers on of how far I’ve gotten in my first attempt to make a few shields.