[Elfsea] Fighter shield question

Estella Flather eflather at flash.net
Tue Dec 16 18:27:08 PST 2003

Greetings from Centurion Stella-
    I use a flat rectangular shield which is 24 by 36 inches. This resembles a Celtic scuta. My most durable shields have been made of "Baltic birch" or "Arctic birch". A 1/4 inch thick board has 5 layers, a 3/8 inch thick board has 7 layers. I use aluminum u-channel on all the edges to protect the wood from splitting. The u-channel needs to be covered with hose or leather to keep it from damaging your oponents swords. I attach the edging by drilling small holes every two inches and lashing the edging on with waxed cord.
    I like the wooden shield because it is more like what a fighter of my time would have used. However, lots of people do prefer a metal shield as they last for a long time. 
    In service, HE Stella
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Scott 
  To: elfsea at ansteorra.org 
  Sent: Monday, December 15, 2003 10:34 PM
  Subject: [Elfsea] Fighter shield question

  I'm new to SCA and in the process of making my first shield.
  I'm thinking of making a "heater style shield" and would like input
  from those of you that are experienced in shield making and in the
  use of a heater style shield. I have read a couple of articles on this
  shield and have a few questions about the style.
  1. Is this a good beginners shield?
  2. The patterns I have seen for making a shield blank of this type
      say to use  1/2" plywood cut 24"X 26". This size in length seems
      a bit to short and in my opinion and would not give  me the ability to
      fend off  attacks to the upper leg. Would extending this length
      to say 32" maybe 36" be acceptable?
  3. I have read references to making the shield with a slight amount of 
      curvature to it, in the order of about 2" to 3". The reference
      stated that a slightly rounded shield is better than a flat one.
      My question is, is this true? I don't mind taking the extra steps to
      do this provided there is a benefit. Hey, I think a slightly rounded
      shield looks kind of neat anyway so I'll probably do it anyway but
      would like the opinion of those who are experienced.
  4. Last but not least, would it be advisable to strengthen the edges
      with small gauge steel to increase the life span of the shield?
  Well that's it for now. I would like to add a world of thanks to all of those
  of you that have been so gracious enough to talk to me the past
  few weeks when I got interested in SCA. Thanks to the guys at fighter
  practice for letting me join in game. Armand, Ceatta, Brigit, Stella,
  thanks for your encouragement. There are more here I should thank
  but I cant remember all your names. I apologize for that, and with
  time will remember all those names. Thanks again all.


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