ANST - Youth Chivalric.

gptaylor gtaylor at
Mon May 8 08:17:26 PDT 2000

Thanks...As a local youth rapier marshal, I'm just finding that keeping some of
these these very aggressive, competitive young guys who really want to win and
like bashing things and the exertion of physical combat, under control while
using a foil blade, is a bit intriguing.

I don't know if the 5 gallon drums are of sufficient gauge...though they could
probably be layered.

Something that I've heard of folks using, also, is the larger, 60 Gallon+ blue
or black plastic drums.  I know that Ravensfort uses these for their water
tanks, all over The Stones.   Or...those large drums that are filled with sand
or water, that are used to dampen accidents when folks run into large, immovable
parts of the highway- I've heard of SCA people getting hold of the post-accident
broken barrels, forming armor and painting it black, for very little money.
Anyone have a free source of these barrels?  Plus the aforementioned info on how
to safely construct the stuff...?


John C Isham wrote:

> Good day to ye, Lass...
> I'm Fr. John (really a priest). Generally I lurk around the list and
> don't get involved.
> Thought #1. I'm always delighted to see someone working with or wanting
> to work with kids.
> Thought #2. I never thought about using old metal drums as a source of
> plates for plate-mail. The problems are... (a) awfully heavy and in need
> aof a stout , therefore expensive undergarment for support   (b) cleaned
> barrels are tough/expensive to get   (b) require a cutting torch and
> misc. other stuff to render to the proper size.
> Thought #3. Use plates made from the throw-away plastic 5 gal buckets
> that many food stuffs, kitty litter  and other things can be put up. They
> should work for practice using the wood style weapons wrapped in foam.
> The kids can get the buckets donated by restaurants (I once made a robot
> costume out of gree plastic McDonalds pickle buckets... The plastic is
> easily cut with a small electric hand jig-saw (often found in home
> carpentry kits... The plastic plates are light (less expensive under
> pinnings and easier to work with) The plastic plates can be spray painted
> whatever color... The kids can do a lot of the work...
> Hope that these thoughts help.
> Peace be with you.
> John  +
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