Medieval leather work done with Glowforge


Complicated patterns are readily cut out on the Glowforge…once you figure out the vector file, of course.


Excellent work. Can you share your leather coloring process?


Oh wow! Very realistic looking job! :grinning:


It’s a two part process: a light colored liquid base dye to soak in, followed by a darker gel dye to add visual texture.


Being constructed of wood, bronze and tempered steel it’s actually a fully functional reproduction of a 9th century Viking sword.


Beautiful leather work. That sword though! OMG!


Stunning work! :slight_smile:


Wicked cool!


I was under the impression that the Vikings imported wootz from the Ottomans by way of Ukraine that made their swords “Damascus” steel even though they could not create the wootz themselves, but it made their swords better than any they went up against.




It’s true that this sword differs from the originals in that the blade is a modern mono-steel, unlike the originals. Those had pattern welded blades, made by twisting and layering various grades of steel stock into billets. This yielded very complex patterns in the blade:


Wootz was a high carbon crucible mono-steel with a more uniform distribution of carbon.


Pattern welding has a more dramatic appearance than wootz but is structurally weaker due to the lower carbon content. It’s a method of making the best of less than ideal materials. Modern high carbon mono-steel, btw, is stronger than both pattern welded and wootz. It’s also aesthetically boring in comparison.


What a stunning finish … this is really lovely!


Truly excellent.


I’m curious about the leather thickness - I experimented with an old belt if my husband’s and had some difficulty cutting without charring the heck out of it


I use 8/9 oz and 5/6 oz undyed veg tanned leather and manually enter the material height and set the speed to 140 - 150. Some charring occurs, of course, but it’s generally limited to just the cut edges.


Love technique discussions. Thanks.