A shield boss worth battling for!

A shield boss worth battling for!

Shield Wall! If you are a fan of the Vikings you will have heard of a shield wall and a shield maiden, but what is a shield boss? A shield boss is the central part of a shield, (Fig 2) and this one has definitely been in the wars. (Fig. 1, left) It belongs to Worthing...
Design and Fabrication of a Working Padlock

Design and Fabrication of a Working Padlock

My very first assignment at West Dean College in 2019 was to make a working padlock and key โ€“ only slightly daunting! The fabrication methods were to include a number of techniques including blacksmithing, inspiration was to reflect historical research and the locking...
Conservation of a 17th Century iron casket

Conservation of a 17th Century iron casket

First posted on the West Dean College of Arts and Conservation blog   Assessment I was fortunate enough to treat this beautiful iron casket whilst studying at West Dean College in 2019. It needed some attention and was brought in by Clocks tutor Tim Hughes. (fig...