Now where to begin….
So much has happened in the last 5 months since starting the samurai armour project.
Let’s start from the beginning, the first process was to cut out the paper temples from the guide that we were giving by Watanabe sensei (a master contemporary samurai armour craftsmen). After cutting out the templates I taped the paper onto the plastic plates – the reason for using plastic was for ease and it is much faster.
After cutting out the all of the pieces the edges needed sanding off and all of the dots you see needed to be punched out.
The stage after this involves threading the pieces of plastic together.
Then it was a matter of threading these pieces to the main body plate and designing the body plate itself.
After all the various pieces were threaded together I could start to personalise my armour to be the way I wanted it! The samurai were famous for using decorative knots, (actually, most traditional Japanese things use knots in some way, from Sado to Kudo they appear in all shapes and sizes) I wanted to try out making some and using them on my armour. Coming from Ireland I was really interested in the Celtis and the knots that they made, I thought incorporating this would add a nice personal touch.
These are examples of the Celtic and Japanese knots that I tied. After some more tweaking I added the Takeda Mon (or crest) to the chest plate, I really think it works well and the end result is awsome!!
Now that the armour was nearing completion I wanted to make a start to the helmet.
Thanks for reading/looking