Few are those who know how to make an armour in a correct way. Albert is one of them and he is now willing to share his knowledge with you, and make the armourer's mastership a reality again.
Today, there are no masterships for armouring, but the handicraft is practised and is needed. This project aims at documenting the knowledge within the art of armouring, it aims at creating criteria for armouring and it aims at spreading the results in media and exhibitions. The project is a co-operation between craftsmen, antique experts, the craftsmanship council and museums, and includes investigations, craftsman’s tests and documentation. The main figure within the project is Albert Collins, armourer since 20 years.
There is a method and a tradition within established handicraft that determines the quality and understanding of a form of handicraft or art. This proof of competence is called a mastership and is issued through a few knowledge tests that are established in advance. In Germany, there still are mastership requirements when starting companies within certain vocational fields.
Albert Collins is the armour smith with the greatest knowledge and experience within this area in Sweden. He has made armours for 20 years and is engaged by museums in Sweden as well as internationally to make reconstructions, repairs and to give advice. As armouring continuously is of large interest, it is important that customers both privately and within the branch of cultural heritage receive some guarantor indicating that the person engaged actually understands and knows what is expected from an armourer. This project therefore intends to search for, to publish and to document the criteria, which is important to an armourer.
More about Albert: http://viaarmorari.com/
Risks and challenges
Albert's time as a craftsman is valuable. In a constant flow of orders from customers he has a hard time to find the space to document and share his knowledge. This is why we need you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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