KNIGHT IN VERY SHINING ARMOUR
Here’s armourer Graham Ashford in two guises: on the left, wielding the 1918 hammer he uses in his forge – the Greenleaf Workshop in Hampshire – and on the right as an English knight circa 1360.
He made the visored bascinet and the gauntlets from steel decorated with brass. Making armour for historical re-enactments was Graham’s long-time hobby, before a grant from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust [QEST] enabled him to study with a master armourer. In 2008 he went full-time, making bespoke pieces for collectors. ‘Everything I create with an anvil and hammer outlasts anything I was doing in an office,’ he says.