Carving in three dimensions to make a block of wood look as though it has been sealed with a leather strap and buckle has not been easy. Repeating this six times for six buckled straps has been the very devil to achieve and this article shows you that process.
The legs and rolled down hose have been finished and a decision needs to be made concerning the amount of detail to carve into the archers other, natural equipment. My inclination is to do some detail for devilment, where the difficulties of achieving it are more possible.
A brigandine is a type of body armour used during the Medieval period. It was made of canvas or leather and was lined with small rectangular steel plates which were riveted to the fabric. This was much cheaper than full plate armour, and so many more people could afford to have one. The small metal plates gave the wearer much more movement than traditional armour, which was vital for an Archer.
Attention has now turned to the brigandine which is held in place by 3 buckles and straps on each side of the figure. These are drawn in place with a thick felt pen and then gradually profiled, paying particular attention to the end of the strap, making sure that it is most prominent and natural looking. The gap between both sides is also cut in and undercut to give a more realistic effect.
Buckles Straps and Rivets
Once all the buckles and straps are done, 6 in all, attention will be paid to the rows of plates underneath the leather outer, these plates are secured by rivets which are seen and give a distinctive pattern.
Carving these many hundreds of rivets is going to become tedious as there are just so many of them and the brittleness of some of the yew wood is not really conducive to this kind of detailed and repetitive carving over its surface, but that is the challenge for a woodcarver and the end result needs to achieve the right effect.
Mozart and Edith Piaff will help with this….