Professor Michael Fuller,, St. Louis Community College
SCA Michael of Safita, Barony of Three Rivers within the Kingdom of Calontir

The Barony of Three Rivers in the Kingdom of Calontir hosted a 3 day metalworking and glassworking workshop over the Labor Day Weekend. Michael of Safita and Neathery of Safita participated in the metalworking activities.

I used both a large anvil and a small, stump anvil to forge the knife blade.

Michael fashioned a knife out of a piece of cold steel and a piece of pine wood from Mt. Vodno in the Republic of Macedonia.

My first plan was to make a knife with a long tang designed to accept solid rivets.

I began to file the blade and tang to expose the bright metal.

The tang on the unfinished knife broke during filing.

There was just enough remaining metal to draw it out and make a whittle tang.

I wanted to make the handle from a piece of dry pine that I had cut from a tree within the castle of King Marko on Mount Vodno in the Repubilc of Macedonia. The tree was dead and falling into one of the St. Louis Community College archaeological excavation units. The piece of wood was cracked and did not look very promising.

I used a folding handsaw to cut the handle from the piece of the wood; the saw was from the Bit Bazaar, old Turkish market, in the city of Skopje, Macedonia.

I drilled three guide holes, side-by-side, and broke out the partitions to create a rectangular guide hole for the whittle tang.

I shaped the end of the whittle tang to a point.

I heated the whittle tang and hammered the handle onto the tang.

It took 3 heatings and hammerings to get the tang fully embedded into the handle.

I started to use a knife to shape the handle, but opted to use a belt sander after about 10 minutes.

The handle made from a piece of pine from Mt. Vodno proved to be pretty and functional. My knife is very similar to a 15th century glover's knife in the Museum of London (J. Cowgill et al., Medieval Finds from Excavations in London: 1 - Knives and Scabbards Boydell Press, 2000, Figure 68.304).

Francis Bean taught the class on manufacturing a Medieval knife.

Her Excellency Kajsa Nikulasdotter working on a stained glass project.

Neathery of Safita and Sethron during brass casting.

James and Guillaume de la Sudeterre examine a casting done by James.



Her Majesty, Queen Isabella Patin, doing detail work on her brass casting project.

Charcoal fire to warm bronze casting molds.

Molds in warming fire so they will not be shocked when they receive the molten brass.

Double bellows to force air into the small furnace for brass casting.

Brass keys being melted in the small furnace.

Guillaume de la Sudeterre pouring molten brass into a mold.

Her Majesty plunges a hot mold (with brass casting inside) into water. Neathery of Safita operates the bellows.

Gently hammering on the edge of a mold to crack it open.

Medallion created by Her Majesty.

Belt buckle created by Neathery of Safita.

Medallion created by Neathery of Safita.

Approximately half of the brass pieces cast on one day.
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