Thursday, September 3, 2015

Late Week Arrival - Camail/Aventail

Succumbing to the sirens of ebay, I picked up a camail/aventail which I hope to attach to the bascinet recently acquired. It's another inexpensive (with free shipping) item made in India - the sticker on the packaging said so. The first thing I noticed was it's weight - which coupled with the helmet will be quite a load on the head and shoulders.
It's not a custom fitted piece, so I will have to figure out how to get it attached. A leather strip is stitched to the end of the mail area to be attached to the helmet. I showed it to my wife, who is a skilled seamstress; she said it was hand stitched - pretty impressive as the leather is fairly thick.
My wife recommended I start attaching the camail from the center rear - punching holes in the leather to match the vervelles at the base of the helmet. She cautioned me to "not screw it up" or words to that effect. Here's how I hope to have it attached - from a nice step-by-step tutorial of a similar camail.
Need to pick up some wire from the hardware store.

13 comments:

  1. You are going to look quite formidable walking the streets of Puyallup in that combo!
    Will it be ready in time for Halloween?

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    1. Haha ,it would be great if I could have it done by then, Jonathan. Although it will probably be raining that night. Warm regards, Dean

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  2. Excellent! Free shipping as well, bet that cost hem a lot!

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    1. Yes, it was quite a hefty package, Ray! Regards, Dean

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  3. Wow Dean, you're really plating up - what else do they have in their "Indian arsenal" could you get breast plates etc and go for a full body armor?

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    1. Lol, thanks, Soren. I have my eye on some hourglass gauntlets. We'll see if I regain my senses first though. Best, Dean

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  4. Lots of interesting toys lately. Fun stuff!

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    1. Thanks, Jason. Yes, I have been indulging myself a bit lately. Warm regards, Dean

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  5. Looking forward to seeing it on Dean!

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  6. Thanks, Gents! I just posted an WIP update. :)

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  7. You're building quite an outfit Dean, lovely addition.

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