Thursday, 2 July 2015

Where did you first learn chainmail?

For me it all started with the Jean Claude VanDamme movie Cyborg, then a poster on "The Ancient Art of Mail Forging", then a tome called The Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor: In All Places and All Times by George Cameron Stone. Then it was a photocopied guide from an SCA event called S.T.A.G. Method and an eventual desire to pay back all the mentors I had learned from that led to my first website and subsequent self-published title The Art of Chainmail.

When I started such resources were scarce, especially living on the Island, but today Chain, Chainmail, Chaimaille, Maille, Mail or whatever you call it has literally experienced a renaissance of popularity and like a cog spawned many niche interests.

Facebook Groups like Chain Maille also keep the art vital in an environment where solutions to the issues all maillers face - such as aspect ratio, confusion over gauge standards, spring back, etc... can all be crowdsourced.

Below is my chain reading list - be sure to comment below with your favourite chain and mail learning resources and let me know if you'd be interested in Chainman reviews of specific titles or if you art interested in submitting your titled for review.

Advanced Chain Maille


Beaded Chain Mail Jewlery


Chain and Bead Jewelry

Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections

Chain and Bead Jewelry Geometric Connections

Chain Mail Jewlery

Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop

Chain Mail & Wire Reimagined


Chainmail - Novel

Chainmail Made Easy

Chainmail RPG

Classic Chain Mail Jewelry with a Twist

Creative Chain Mail Jewelry

Chicks in Chainmail

Chicks 'N Chained Males

Classic Chain Mail Jewelry

Elven Chain Maille

Handcrafting Chain and Bead Jewelry

Introduction to Chain Mail

Introduction to Chain Mail

Kumihimo Wire Jewelry

Linked: Innovative Chain Mail Jewelry Designs

Make Chain Maille Jewelry 1

Make Chain Maille Jewelry 2

Making Chain Mail Jewelry

Manly Crafts

Practical Chainmail in the Current Middle Ages

Silver Soldering Simplified

Techniques Of Medieval Armour Reproduction

The Art of Chainmail

The Art Of Mail Armor

The Art of Wire

The Missing Link

Unconventional Chain Mail Jewelry

Woven Wire Jewelry

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