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Re: Curved plywood for shields.

Poster: David KUIJT <kuijt@umiacs.umd.edu>

On Thu, 19 Nov 1998, Boroghul Khara wrote:

> >>The curved form is the hard part, but you can often borrow that from some
> >>other fighter in your area.  Ask around.  Another technique involves rigid
> >>straps, a couple of two-by-fours, and a car jack, but that is hard to
> >>describe in text. 
> >>
> >>Dafydd
> Destroyer novels......don't forget Destroyer novels.

Boroghul is entirely correct to mention this.  The use of Destroyer novels
is part of the technique that is hard to describe in text. 

Using 30 or so Destroyer novels to brace the 2x4s apart allows you to put
your car jack back in your car.  It has also been determined that the
Destroyer novels transmit martial virtue to the shield.  The compression
of the Destroyer novels (which are, as anyone who has read them will
understand, a veritable storehouse of martial power) assists in this
virtue-transfer, in a way not unlike that hypothesized in the
Caloric-fluid theory of heat.

By using Destroyer novels in this way you can be sure that your new shield
is being imbued with martial effectiveness at the same time that the glue
is drying.

Needless to say, experiments with bodice-rippers as shield-bracing
supports have given entirely unacceptable results.

who won Crown tourney with a shield made using the Destroyer-novel bracing
technique, and so knows whereof he speaks.

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