Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part IV: The Assembly

Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part IV: The Assembly

Putting it All Together At last! After forming a boss, building a press, and making a blank, the only thing left was to put it all together and add the final touches. In the greater scheme, this meant accomplishing three final tasks: Prepping and attaching the boss Creating and attaching...Read more
Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part III: The Blank

Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part III: The Blank

Framing the Blank There's something exciting and deeply intimidating about having pristine raw materials before you. There's so much potential there, yet so many opportunities to totally botch the job too. If you've been following along with my other posts, I probably don't need to highlight my particular obsession with...Read more
Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part II: The Press

Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part II: The Press

A Pressing Need Now that I'd made a boss, it was time to move on to the shield blank. When I decided I wanted to dome my new period-style bucklers, I realized that I had quite a challenge before me. I saw immediately that I'd need to laminate two or...Read more
Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part I: The Boss

Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part I: The Boss

To Form an Ideal Shield Boss I've decided to try my hand at constructing a 14th-century-style buckler in a way that I hope will be more accurate for I.33 than the all-metal or dog bowl with flat CDX plywood varieties I've used in the past. Ideally, I'd like to create...Read more