Monday, October 31, 2011

CBC Interview

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The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Radio 1) did an interview with me on Saturday Morning. It aired Monday morning at way too early. But it can be heard on the CBC archive.

This was the chat leading up to it.

William Fedun 10/31/2011 8:02 am >>>
I listened to that interview Stu, and thought it was just fine. Very professional.
Thank you.

Bill Fedun
Armour Maker

I thought it turned out pretty well, too. Your workshop produced lots of great sound, and I think you came across as a thoughtful guy living a very interesting life!
By the end of today, you'll see your smilin' face at, in my "12 Days of Pumpkin" feature.
— I told [a mutual friend and fellow reporter] and his producer about your big massacre this weekend, so you may see him down there,
Thanks again!

Stu Mills
Radio News & Current Affairs
CBC Radio Ottawa
(613) 288-6213
Twitter: StuMillsCBC

This was MADE for radio!!!!

This is the link to the archive footage with the interview.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Three piece armour

These tassets were very pretty...they matched the faulds, and were made by grooving the plates with a chisel.

The armour looks good from the one point I actually trimmed away the metal because it was coming up into the armpit. Client told me he wants to be able to sommersault in it. Safety suggested that we make sure nothing will dig in.

And I noticed that the front top tabs actually do NOT match up...client tugged it up and away. Should have been me that did that.

Unusual details would include the use of front opening buckles instead of my more usual buckles on the back. No squire needed.

Nice flare on that back. AJ did an especially good job there. Note the bulges over the top of the spine and the shoulder blades. Makes a good effect. Click on the picture to enlarge.

The front sections slide on concealed rivets. All you see is the attachment points. He is a tall man, and needed one extra lame in the fauld. (Normally there are only three lames.) However, the request to accomodate ten full inches of fauld was easily handled. I think the pelvic arch looks absolutely stunning. The faulds and tassets are laced on...that being the cheapest way. Buckles can be added later when the client gets more cash and wants to pretty up this armour a bit.
His only complaint was that the chest was a bit too broad for comfortable cross body strikes. Well, I suppose we "could" make them a bit narrower in front.
Sliding rivets in 18 gauge require a re-enforcement plate. So no time saved by going to 18 gauge.

The quality of the buckles and straps is second to none. Long after the cheap offshore leather breaks, these buffalo hide belts will be carrying on.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

William Wallace

Uploaded from the Internet Archive.

Click on the images to embiggen, as usual.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Back in February...

Lots of nice action shots...

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grads back in March

This was Mark and Tin Man at the Tapas party.

And a fine looking group of grads. Matt merely looks puzzled, Trevor lookes harrassed, Jason looks stretched beyond all endurance, and Erin merely looks bemused. And thats just the back row!

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