I make the scabbard you need for your sword, dagger, knife... A custom-made product to highlight your most beautiful pieces.
Shields of all types, from ancient to modern times.
Escarcelles, boiled leather boxes,... I carry out all kinds of leatherwork according to your wishes.
You wish a reproduction or a creation of a buckle, a jewel?
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Realization of copper and brass objects.
All scabbards are made from limewood slats for the structure. Depending on the desired level of authenticity the gluing method can vary: bone glue or modern glue.
The covering is carried out with several layers. First an intermediate layer of linen coated with bone glue and then covered with vegetable-tanned leather or rawhide (dyed, patinated...). Optional: Embossing, chasing, or painted decorations.
The scabbard can be provided with a harness, buckling elements* corresponding to the desired period and a custom-made chape.
*For all metal elements it is possible to add decorative elements such as embossing, engraving, enamelling, damascening, ... and to apply finishes such as silvering, gilding, tinning or various patinas (on estimate).
All shields are assembled from limewood planks (plywood is not used). Depending on the desired level of authenticity the gluing method can vary: bone glue or modern glue.
Covering is done with several layers of coated linen canvas or raw skin, front and back, or a combination of both, depending on demand.
The heraldic motif is hand-painted on canvas or rawhide coated with "gesso", and may use "historical" pigment-based paint or acrylic colours depending on the desired level of authenticity and usage. A highlighting can also be done.
The shields can be delivered raw, simply coated and primed, or already armoured, equipped or not with straps and guige (adapted to each order and function of use).
All my leather goods are made from traditionally tanned leathers selected by me in European tanneries. I mainly use two types of leather:
Enamelling consists of vitrifying finely ground coloured powders* and making them adhere to a metallic support by firing at high temperature (600 to 900°C). This technique also called "grand feu enamels" is the traditional technique that I use in my workshop.
I use two techniques for the realization of my enamels:
Cavities are dug into the thickness of the metal to obtain the desired pattern. The enamel is then put inside the cavities. The coloured powders are then fired to fix them to the metal ( see above). Then the enamel is sanded more and more finely in order to polish the piece. Finally, a gilding gives the piece its final aspect. Champlevé is the technique used in the Limousin enamels of the Middle Ages.
Unlike Champlevé, where the motif is dug into the mass, cloisonné enamel consists of fixing thin gold, silver or copper partitions to the metal support by soldering. The resulting
partitions form a network of cells that hold the enamel in the desired position. The enamelling and finishing are the same as for the champlevé technique. Note that this technique has
been known since antiquity.
Dinanderie refers to the manufacture of objects from metal sheets (brass, copper, bronze, mild steel).
I make this type of objects for my scabbards (chapes, sometimes the lockets). The utensils and the civil and military decorative elements (crests, pen holders...) fall into this category. In general the elements are cold-formed by beating on a lead heap.
If the part is made up of several elements, they are then joined together by a silver solder. Finishing is done with a lime before being mirror polished or satin-finished. It is also possible to make a gilding, silvering or tin plating type finish.
The vast majority of the chapes preserved in the archaeological collections of museums have been made using this process. I use this technique in my workshop, each bouterolle I make is therefore unique, custom-made and adapted to the scabbard. I do not sell chapes alone.
Cost depends on all the elements mentioned and therefore on its use and the degree of historicity. An estimate will be made on request according to the desired characteristics.
For sword scabbards, from 3 to 4 months from the reception of the weapon in my workshop and on condition that you have reserved a manufacturing slot at the moment the order for the sword was
For all other orders, from 4 to 10 months depending on the characteristics requested.
To place an order or reserve a production slot, a deposit is required. The remaining amount must to be paid just before shipment.