We have restarted our educational support programme for local school students (you may have read about the previous student who made a saddle with us). This year we have Sam, from Sands Democratic School in Ashburton (that’s Sam in the picture above cutting out a belt), who is working with us on a hardened leather armour project inspired by Viking/ Dark Ages warriors. Sam is doing this partly as an art and design project at school, and also because he is a member of a Live Action Role Play (LARP) group called the Dumnonni Chronicles (, based near Exeter. The group are inspired by history and mythology from 200 BC to 900 AD, and they say ‘good costume and good role playing go hand in hand’.

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