Making A Shield: Attaching Handle & Boss

Here comes the 5th part of my series on making an authentic Viking shield. See how I attach the handle bar: First by glueing it to the board …

… then be securing it by means of nails.

Two types of shield bosses were prevalent on Scandinavian shields of the Viking Age: See the earlier type in the image above.

The one I used for my shield is the somewhat later type that does not sport a recess above the flange.

Watch final assembly of the major components that make up the shield.