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                         South Tower Armouring Guild
                                                                                               THE HEROES THAT WIN GET THEIR ARMOUR HERE.
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                         arrow  I personally hand craft medieval body armour, swords and knives  chainmailshields, and surprisingly enough,  medieval brooms.
                               The South Tower Armouring Guild is a family owned medieval armour crafting shop based in Ottawa Canada.

                          bullet arrow  The Armoury teaches skills in  Broad Sword Handling, and full plate armour making
              

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            Arrow I'll go to your classroom to give demos on armour, as it related to life in the Middle Ages.

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            Arrow Canadian agent for CAS Iberia, CAS Hanwei, and Bermejo Swords  I only keep such cutlery in my bricks and mortar showroom,
                                   I no longer sell it on line due to liability issues.

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          Arrow  Phone 1-613-821-1846 to talk to the owner, ask for Bill.
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stag@southtower.on.ca
                                               MarshalBill@gmail.com


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I WILL PERSONALLY MAKE YOU AN
  PROPERLY FITTED AND WELL MADE 
MEDIEVAL BODY ARMOUR 

ATTRACTIVE.  TOUGH
  AWESOME




illustration is that of our "three piece suit" with large breastplate
This is "from the hammer", no polish or paint.

 
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With rare exceptions, this web site only showcases items made here in my shop.
I don't sell swords or knives on line any more...too much risk of liability. 

The most important rooms of this little castle are:
                          
  .....our forge:
                          Armour Galleries
                          Buckles to die for
                          Princess's Chambers (real female armour)
                          Fantasy Armour(unreal female armour)

  ....out in the courtyard:
                               Soap Works
                         Broom Squire's shop
                        
Custom knives, swords, muskets

   .... In the village:
                        Feature Item
                        Sword Classes
                        Flea Market

.....over in the pub:
                         Armoured Company of the Sword
                         armouring blog
                         sword handling blog
                               Library

....Administration:
                       Ordering |   Contact Us  | About Us
 
....Just for fun:
                       Vanity Page
                       Dmitri's Page

And if you get lost, click on this icon to come right back here
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South Tower Armouring Guild Newsletter.
news from the forge

Introductory Message
    July 2014
South Tower Armouring Guild
William Fedun, Proprietor




We have a newsletter which get sent out every month.  If you want to get onto it, or to continue onto it, the new law says you have to "opt in".  I cannot say "well, you didn't say no", like we and every other newsletter in the world did...you actually have to say "yes" and I will put your response on a "gmail contacts register".  Opt in my emailing me at my gmail account
 MarshalBill@gmail.com
So, please, opt in!   ------Bill


Lets see, whats up this year?
.....Ottawa Pop Expo  December 7 and 8   (where we dispose of the last of our summer stock at knock down prices.)
.....the Kemptville Medieval Faire, may be cancelled.
.....the Ottawa Comic Con (I get to do a panel on armour!) well done!  See you May 2015
....the Upper Canada Medieval Festival,  in 7 and 8 June 2014.
....the Osgoode Medieval Festival,  July 11, 12 and 13th  2014
....the Festival of Summer tournament at the festival (Dan and Dmitri's birthday tournament) 11 July 2014
....my birthday tournament   16 August 2014
....Brenda's birthday tournament 20 September 2014
....October 3-5 2014, Ottawa Sheridon Hotel "Can Con".   
....Heritage Days Oct4 2014 Russel House Hotel

....And of course, the 7th annual pumpkin massacre  8th of November 2014
As well, we will be attending a non-medieval show....the Toronto Fan Expo  next August 27 to 31, 2014

I am in there with a large bunch of special guests.  (scroll down, way down, in with "gaming attractions". )


We, the Armoured Company of the Sword, consider the Osgood Medieval Festival  6 to 8 July, 2013 to be "our" show.   This is their link. http://www.osgoodemedievalfestival.com/News.html   There will be medieval jousters, troubadours, and Brenda tells me that we are thinking of pairing up with the Festival of India.  Should make for a change from burgers!  Vindaloo, butter chicken, curry. Oh, don't worry, Fat Les will be there with all the burgers you want.  Hmmm.  Come for the food alone! We have galleries of photos from years past on our Armoured Swords site....you should see what we get up to!



Fight Classes

 

The Armoured Company of the Sword continues to train every week in formal classes.
 (if that link doesn't work, then try this one... http://www.armouredswords.ca/   )

We keep that web site pretty current...

TWO VENUES!!!!  
     Lets look at the Algonquin College venue first, and then scroll down to check out the Plante Bath.


Basic Course....Algonquin Woodruff Campus, the gym in the "P" building.
Course Code GEN0088.  cost for this course is $160.57 incl HST  This is a non-credit Algonquin General Interest course, and as such is payable entirely to Algonquin College. (On line or at the Registrar's desk just inside the doors at the Admin building.)  
Wednesday evenings, 7 to 9:30, starts Wednesday, July 30  2014   Next course starts up seven weeks later.  We change from basic to advanced alternatively. 

Advanced Course .....Algonquin Woodruff Campus (16 hours Friday evenings 7 to 9:30  in the "P" building.  Wednesday evenings) . June 18th, 2014 Course code is GEN 0105   Please sign up a week in advance. 

Algonquin College Registrar's Office is 1385 Woodruff Ave, Rm. C150, Ottawa Ont., K2G 1V8.  tel 613-727-0002, or 1-800-565-4723, fax613-727-7754  email AskAlgonquin@algonquincollege.com.  The above links have been checked as of 01 September 2013, so there should be no problems.

  Why go through the college?  The college asks a touch over ten dollars an hour for classes.  NOBODY in Ottawa will rent us gym space with mats for that low amount, particularly when you factor in insurance!  This is a deal!
      Now you have to remember, what you get out of the college is this.  Algonquin is keeping the lights on, providing free (shoveled) parking and insurance, and providing us with gym, change room and locker space. They have to arrange this attractive gym space with the co-owners, the Police Services Department.  If we don't get eleven or more sign ups, they will not do all the "behind the scenes stuff" which is required to get this course in place.  And they need those sign ups a week in advance.  If you delay and wait for the day of, they WILL cancel the course on us. Permanently.  So don't procrastinate!  Waiting to sign up "on the day" just means they will cancel it before you get there.  Call ME if you have problems.  613-821-1846 

European Chivalrous Handling Course...Level 1 Plante Baths Sunday mornings 10:30 to 12:30
Plante Recreation Centre, 730 Sommerset St. West (at Preston)....  Phone to register at 613-232-3000

The basic course is needed to get started in sword handling and be able to do it safely, a good grounding.  Not a lot of "dirty tricks", but you get all the basic moves required to prove yourself as a competent swordsman on the field. 
  As part of the basic class, we will be running an hour of Japanese Kenjutsu. We like the Japanese footwork.

Chivalrous Sword Handling Level 1 Sun @ 10:30-12:30pm  

 Starts April 20, 2014  Check exact dates and times and prices by phoning 613-232-3000
 course code 864779
quicker updates are available at www.armouredswords.ca

European Chivalrous Handling Course...Level 2  Plante Baths (taught concurrently with basic course above)
Plante Recreation Centre, 730 Sommerset St. West (at Preston)   (Sunday afternoons, 01:30 to 03:30


Chivalrous Sword Handling Level 2 Sun 1:30-3:30 pm
Starts Starts April 20 2014   Check exact dates and times and prices by phoning 613-232-3000
Check exact dates and times and prices by phoning 613-232-3000 
course code 864781
Remember, sign up early.  The earlier the better, because if we don't get the sign ups, we will end up combining classes, and doing other, less palatable things.
quicker updates are available at www.armouredswords.ca


We do a lot with these fight classes.  You can follow a lot of it on my fight blog, and you can see a lot of stuff on my youtube channel, some of it even mine!
(enter Bill the Sword Guy into the search line, and then go to "play lists".  Waste an afternoon or two!)





New Line of Swords

Thank you EBay and children with their parent's Visa cards, we no longer sell swords "on line".  One exception will be our wonderful rescue swords.  These are antiques which have been re-hilted and re-scabbarded.  I have put some of Tom Kazor's "rescue" swords up on my "Featured Item" pages for you to check out, and see how drop dead gorgeous a simple weapon can be!  These are the swords they wrote sagas about!

     Tom has gone to a great deal of trouble to rescue and re-create these beautiful weapons.  The use of real ebony, rayskin, bronze and cast silver put these weapons in a class by themselves.  When a true collector drops in, these are the ones I show off. 

I won't be selling any other weapons on these pages...I have chosen not to even attempt to win the race to the bottom.  I will leave that to my increasingly desperate competition. (They are so cute as they bring in cheaper and cheaper junk! Look at this face...do I LOOK worried about these guys?)  But if you saw something at a show we were at, please contact me, bet I can find it for you! 

Medieval Armour Projects
What going on in the forge...


The two piece armour seems to be the most popular.  And I have a couple of new tasset designs. Click TwoPiece to see the two piece armour designs. They are looking better and better all the time!  And I think I might have finally perfected the "South Tower Spauldler".  click Spauldler to see those, or just go to page "two" of the single pieces section of the armoury.  (I know...its properly spelled "spadlerer", but who am I to fly in the face of the D and D world?)

Body Armour Cuirass. Breast/back/faulds/tassets.


  One, Two and Three Piece combos. 
      Hottest armours are my three piece suit (click ThreePiece) in several of its forms.  (I can get real creative with this suit!), my flip up visor helm (click VisorHelm)  Other hot items are my Chain Mail instruction book (I wrote the book on chainmail !) I have even made a "Lady Armour", sort of a three piece armour made a little different so ladies can wear them comfortably...You can see those in the brand new Princess's Chambers . This is armour, not fantasy...grin!

New for 2014    Cast medieval buckles.
This is just one example of the fine quality belt buckles I have brought in.
For more info (and a lot of great pictures), go to here.
(I have some stunning medieval pouches...gambesons and challenge coins in the works!   This is fun!
So by the fall, we will have a whole new set of pages here!)




Armour Making...formal classes and South Tower Saturdays



(look at the smiles!  Think they were having fun?)


 Formal Armour Making Classes..... 

Absolutely perfect for students who have the summers off!  

The South Tower Armouring Guild is a sole proprietorship registered in Ontario in 1995. In effect, it is a group of individuals who make armour in the medieval fashion, and test it out by fighting in it with real swords. The armour made in William Fedun's shop have been used in fight clubs all over the world, and have been seen on stage and screen. It is real armour, designs of which are based on measured drawings he personally made while studying in museums in Malta and Vienna. For further information, call 613-821-1846, or email stag@southtower.on.ca

 So many people have asked me for formal classes.  As I observe the people who make armour in my shop on my usual open house Saturdays, I am struck by a couple of things...mostly that though the spirit is always willing (and boy is it ever willing!), the knowledge base and skill set of how to make a good looking armour is simply not there.  Drill bits spin in their chucks, and rivets rattle. Breastplates are lumpy and mis-shapen and sharp edges abrade skin.   Making armour is a skill, like typing or learning to drive, and what one person can do another person can learn how to do as well.

       Are the classes expensive?  Well, lets look at what you get in, say, the first two days!  You get two solid days of instruction by an acknowledged expert in a professional workshop dedicated to the art of armour making, plus two associated Saturdays to apply your studies, and you go home with a breastplate which cost you half the price of that ill fitting Indian made one you were drooling over on line!  Whats holding you back? 

Acclaimed Medieval Armour maker William Fedun is offering formal armour making classes at his armouring shop in the village of Metcalfe (just south of Ottawa) on Fridays.  His description follows:

The whole course is only seven well spaced out days.  I expect you to take advantage of the "South Tower Saturdays" to finish your projects because I would rather spend valuable class time teaching you new stuff rather than to do drills.  A lot of people have their weekends booked up over the summer, so I have set aside Fridays for formal training.  Day one is the safety and basic tools training day...all other days require day one as a prerequisite. Days 2 through 7 pretty much stand on their own.  I rarely take more than two or three students per Friday, so when you book it, you tell ME which day in the below list you want me to cover.   Bookings for these classes....  stag@southtower.on.ca   or phone 613-821-1846

Day1....morning
The level 1 class is for anyone who has never had much metal shop experience. The graduate of day 1 will be knowledgeable in setting up a real metal working shop including all legal aspects involving safety and will have developed a fairly solid base knowledge regarding the selection of metals, gauge sizes, basic leather types  and selection of leather, and buckles.

Day 1, afternoon and evening. 
....rolling of edges, and compound curving of steel using common metal shop tools. Extensive training in the use of the English Wheel will result in above standard finishes.  Cutting of leather straps and attaching of buckles will bring the armour from a pile of random pieces to a professional well fitted suit of armour.  The graduate will go home with a real medieval breastplate sized and fitted to themselves.  Most people will require 2 to 3 Saturdays to finish their projects off.  Although there is supervision on Saturdays, there is little time to teach. 

Day 2 morning
A bit more advanced, this class requires that you take the first day or demonstrate equivalent personal knowledge. An equivalency test will be administered if students wish to take this class without taking the basic first two days. More time will be spent on working with metal, and the science behind complicated articulated items. The student will lay lay out, cut out and safety finish a set of knee cops.  Dishing, raising and shrinking of steel will be demonstrated and practiced.

Day 2, afternoon and evening. 
Continuing a full day on the science and application of articulating joints.  Articulation is considered to be the ultimate expression of the armour's art, and it has to be done right.   Pivot rivets are used to pin the pieces you made in the morning into a beautifully articulated item.  These take some time to do, and if you need more time to complete your projects, there is always Saturday.   Most people need a couple of Saturdays to finish these elbow and knee cops off.

Day 3.  This day included working with different metals such as aluminum, brass, copper and hot or cold rolled steel. Chemical and fire colouring is explained and demonstrated. 

Day 4.  Working with leather, shaping, dishing, tooling and hardening.  Some beautiful "armour" is made from tooled leather.  More suitable for "parade" armour than real battle armour, you may as well make it look good.  After a day of MY instruction, you can't help but make it look darned good!

Day 5.  includes eyeletting, buckle making repoussee and chasing onto steel. .  Leather tooling and decoration are demonstrated.  Students will go home with a fire coloured pair of vambraces with their coat of arms embossed onto them.

Day 6.  Chain maille, scale armour, and Brigantine.  Design considerations.  There are plenty of crappy chain shirts out there, learn how to make one that fits.

Day 7.  Helmets...and other heavy plate items such as Grande Gardes, and jousting armour science are explored. 

The graduate will become conversant with armour types and styles. Some experience with heavy armour plate will allow the student to start in on a helmet.

 There are fees involved in all these classes....and a materials cost.  Even so, it ends up being a lot less expensive than getting me to make it.  If you got a couple hundred bucks ($120.00 per day plus tax and materials of about 40 dollars) and some sweat equity, you can get an armour.  email me for bookings and schedules. stag@southtower.on.ca    Special rates for ACS members. Material costs...well, you can build an entire top to bottom suit of armour including gauntlets and sabatons for under a hundred dollars in materials.  Sound good yet? And if you went for the full instruction set, its still under a grand. What college will get you all that info for that price? 


            I will be opening my shop to folks who want to make their own armour on Saturdays through the year.    Emphasis on Saturday, and again by appointment for folks who work Saturdays.  You really need the basic course or its equivalent if you want to work here on Saturdays though...otherwise you will be a stump turtle.  Out of towners....we'll talk. Saturdays are not a formal class.
      I can be reached at 613-821-1846 to make sure there will be room for you. Try not to call before nine on Saturday mornings unless you need directions....we all have  hangovers.   So far dozens of armours have been made by enthusiastic visitors!    (We have all the materials you could need...this IS a metal working shop dedicated to making armour, and yeah, its okay to bring your own materials.) My  students,  SCA and AEMMA and OMSG members are particularly welcome.
          Saturday shop fees may be waived. It costs money to keep the heat on, lights running.   Burgers and beer are nice, (boy are they ever nice!) but they don't pay the mortgage.  It usually devolves down into a party, though most of the people hanging around go off to do family stuff in the evenings.  This leaves some real dedicated folks who often keep swinging hammers until the wee hours of the morning. 
          If you are coming from farther away than Ottawa (or drank too much of my whiskey), crash space is available. 

   Every once in a while, I get somebody who wants to be either an apprentice, or an employee, or student.  This is what you need for that...click HERE to see what you have to bring to the table if you want to work in my shop for more than a standard Saturday open house. The placement test for the course is here.  (if you have trouble with that test, you may consider taking a class!) Any school that wishes to have me teach formal classes may check out my lesson plan HERE



The Flea Market
is new and updated. New price reductions. (The idea is to keep dropping the prices until they hit zero.... Click FleaMarket.

Rentals....
I finally have enough armours that I can offer them as rentals!  I have a couple of nice armours steel armours which look pretty, and of course, my battle swords are always available for plays and pagents. Furs, banners, boots, flags, sword belts, I got 'em all!   Email me stag@southtower.on.ca for all your medieval rental needs. A. J. Ermenc will be handling all the rentals, freeing me up to make stuff. 

Professional Development Projects
      Visited the Palace Armoury in Malta, where I took measured drawings of a gorgeous "splinted" armour; and again this year, an exhaustive measured drawing session involving spaudlerers. Last winter, I was scouring the museums in (of all places) Cyprus, and this year I recorded every single armour in the great armour museum in Vienna.    I have several projects which I have fully documented, most are only partially documented.  I have put some of this information up on my blog......most recent blog posts are at the top.

Internal Links of interest 


            How to make a breastplate .....................
            How to make a back plate ......................
            How to make a Bayonette ......................
                      and the finished item ....................
            How to make a greave ............................
             My Post and Beam experience...............
               and the eventual result....grin! .............
                Muskets here   and   here............

     The skinny on the South Tower Spaudlers ....
             Malta Armour Gallery............................
             Vienna Armour Gallery..........................

             Prague Armour Gallery..........................
(give me a few days to get these galleries up guys!)


   















Our Own Chivalrous Swordhandlers website
       And there is a new forum as well, http://sword-handling.whatsupdark.com/   which is Shayne's site.  Lets see if we can make it rock!  Coming soon...a "find a ride forum", and a "how to make armour" forum.  This is "web 2.0" at its best.
Also, my swordhandler's blog.  http://swordhandling.blogspot.com/   It is a blog, rather than a forum.  No reason why it can't be made into a forum though....if you want to be a guest poster, let me know.

Brooms...
     Other things on the go as well.  Brenda really did make a whole pile of (believe it or not!) handwoven brooms!  These are lovely, you know, the nice handmade ones with the braided heads, the H. Potter specials!    They look exactly like a handmade broom from 1867.  She got fancier than that though...with  brooms of different lengths, double headed brooms, and so forth.    I have finally built a page called the " broom squires page" up there in the palace.  If you have a special stick all carved up (ahem)  in the best Pagan fashion, and you want Brenda to brush it, we do that.  Again, you have any ideas, let me know.  (stag@southtower.on.ca) Just remember, sometimes specialty materials are hard to come by at different times of the year....like willow should be harvested in the spring, and corn husks in the fall! 

Blacksmithing....
      Woodworking and blacksmith shops are in the planning stage right now.  More building!  Watch me build!

Swords on Line, Knives on Line
       Gradually getting away from selling factory production swords here on these pages....what with EBay and sites like CheapCrapolla dot com, the quality has dropped along with the price.   I can't and won't sell used, shopworn or damaged swords like so many EBay stores are doing!   I will be selling a lot of nice stuff at the shows, and of course, in my showroom, and may even put some of it up on these pages, but generally speaking, I shall only carry really nice stuff, stuff I am really proud of. Like Tom Kazor's antique "rescue" swords, and my own handmade and re-hilted daggers and knives.     I shall continue to carry swords made by CAS  Hanwei, and Bermejo in my showroom, and perhaps even post part or all of my inventory up on these pages, but of course, armour is where its at right now.   Swords on these pages  may be inexpensive, they are NOT cheap. I only carry swords which I consider to be excellent value for the money.

  Oh, and just so you know...this web domain site, like me, is large, cumbersome, and often out of date!  I notice that  some of the pages are really dated....they are only there to hold space for something more important to put up there, such pages are clearly marked when you drop into them.  I hereby state that IF the knive or sword is still offered, and IF I can still get it, then I WILL honour the price shown. 
      Below are some of the sword companies I will continue to deal with for the forseeable future.  They all have web sites of their own....and special orders are really easy to do. 
        

Bermejo Swords...  Bermejo is based in Toledo, Spain, and they have been making premium swords since 1911.  Bermejo swords are tool steel, oil tempered.  Don't let the heavy gold plating on the crisply detailed brass furniture and chrome plating on the sword fool you...these swords are ready for fighting.  In fact, they are "issue" swords to many of the armies in the world.  Therefore they are VERY pretty, light, quick, and surprisingly serviceable.  And for a serviceable sword, they are also surprisingly inexpensive.  You can see a nice sampling of the swords in the "contemporary swords" area in the map above. (Go to "weapons shop!) The Bermejo company went under in 2008, and their assets were purchased by "Armedeo Espania", also known as "Toledo Swords") 

Hanwei Swords ... The state of the art in sword making today are the Hanwei swords.  Justly famous, they single handedly overturn the accepted ideas about Chinese quality....Hanwei makes really good swords, and due to an accident of international currency exchange, very inexpensive for  North Americans.  This state of affairs will not last. (I note that prices of the China made swords have increased by 23  percent  year before last, and fifty percent in the last year!  Its starting!     Just as the prices rose to their proper level in Hong Kong in the sixties, the proper level in Japan in the 70' and 80's, they are rising to their proper level after ten years of over competive pricing in China.  Don't panic....its just normal market forces at work.  They are STILL the best deal out there!


 

In the showroom....
(Open by chance or appointment...call to be sure I am here....613-821-1846.)  Open most Saturdays during the year unless I am away at the Ren Faires! Other days by appointment.

       You can also find in the showroom fighting gloves in both goat skin and deer skin, padded vests, South Tower Armouring Guild Tee shirts and patches, and a huge quantity of knives and swords that never quite seem to be put onto the web site. People have told me I should charge admission to walk through my showroom! I have plenty of armours on display, my personal collections,  and lets face it, I built it because Brenda was tired of stubbing her toes on chain mail shirts lying in her living room.  So that is where I put all the cool stuff.  So if you find yourself in the Ottawa area.....please drop in. 

   Armour Backlog schedules...
          a couple of weeks.
         Email for latest update  marshalbill@gmail.com
 

Traveling to your place to train you....
    The tight shop schedules are making this increasingly difficult to pull off.  If you have a large group, I can do that.  Standard fee of $600.00 for 8 hours training, any amount of students.  You rent the hall.


Surfing the web...
      I have a personal blog, http://southtowerarmouringguild.blogspot.com/.  Its where I put my finished articles so the customer (and everybody else) can see them.  Its a sort of running diary of stuff which comes out of my shop, plus a lot of armour pictures from Museums around the world.  Please note,  I refuse to judge anybody else's work or web site, or comment upon them in any way. I dont mind if anybody else comments on my work.  Even a critical comment, if well thought out, can improve "something" about this little operation here.  Anonymous haters and spammers will simply be deleted as a matter of course.    (Leave Comments here.)

School Demos... 
      As fun as they are, they cut into my shop time....so the charge for doing a school demo is $80.00 (travel and prep time), plus $45.00 per hour, plus HST (for class time).   For that you get me, Brenda (a registered TA in the OCDSB), a suit of armour I can dress a teacher or big student in, a couple of chain mail coifs and mantles for kids to try on, a stack of chain mail shirts they can all try on.  In addition to the rules of chivalry and  names of the armour, we cover heraldry and chain maille making.   I am only available in Eastern Ontario.   Email me at stag@southtower.on.ca.  Or phone me at 613-821-1846 to set up a time.  Teachers may rent classroom resources, but that is a different thing entirely.  email me if you think this might be an option. I have lots of stuff!  stag@southtower.on.ca

    click here to see the classes in action.....click here
 


(Now on to business)

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 To the Canadian customer..... as of September 2013
      I am based in Canada, and therefore have some advantages over my US based competition, especially when it comes to Canadian orders of US imported products, especially swords and knives.  You find it on line someplace, and I'll  get it in for you.   Some places refuse to ship to Canada, due to difficulties with over-zealous border guards and their ever changing and often contradictory orders from Ottawa!   Things which are perfectly legal in Canada AND in the States can be seized at the border with NO compensation!  It HAS happened!    I will guarantee that whatever it is that you order will be perfectly legal throughout Canada....no surprises.  No seizures, no sudden extra charges like HST, GST, PST and duties assessed on the insured value instead of the invoiced value. 
Canadians will pay GST, or HST if applicable, plus shipping from Metcalfe, Ontario.  I will cover all the  DUTIES, BORDER CROSSING FEES AND SHIPPING TO THE BORDER, and all  BROKERAGE FEES. Does your E-Bay store do that?  Or do they make their money by high shipping and handling charges? The story of the five dollar knife with 25 dollar s&h is depressingly common.
        Canadian orders are processed in Canada.  I have put a currency converter on every page to assist you to convert from somebody else's advertised US price to the Canadian price.  See "Terms of Sale" below before placing an order.
 
 
 

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 To the US Based Customer.......as of  October 2013

The Canadian Dollar is nearly identical with the US dollar as of this writing. 

For complete instructions on various payment methods, click here.

I have to pick a baseline price...and that is Canadian, because my bank is Canadian, and so credit cards are processed in Canadian funds. Its much the same cost as US dollars...but of course there IS an exchange rate.  It is usually favorable so worth the hassle.

 Normally the US banks don't have a problem with currency exchanges, but keep an eye on them.  They are only human, and have been known to miss a Canadian transaction.  Watch your credit card statement and make sure they handle the exchange rate correctly. 

Americans only pay one tax....a ten dollar and seventy five cent border crossing "paperwork" fee. Doesn't matter the size of the order....the fee is the same. 

 I bring it across to the States on a routine trip that I don't charge you for.  Shipping in the US is figured from Ogdensburg, New York, either US Mail, or Fed Ex ground...your choice. I email you the tracking numbers. 



Terms of Sale

I don't take advance money until it is time to make your item.  Then I request a half down  ....and the rest before I ship.  I don't do payment plans...they add complications to an already complex task.   I don't usually request a non-refundable deposit. 

I DO request  full  advance payment for customized portions of the work.  This may or may not include drawings, depending on how elaborate we are getting.   Changes halfway through the job will be costly, better to sort it all out on paper first!  You can figure on a  development charge to design a truly custom armour.  (I call this an "are you serious?" charge, and it will certainly apply to Wizard of Oz tin men, and Tony Stark's Iron Man and almost anything from an Amime movie!)  Sometimes a modification is no big deal...say scalloping the edges or replacing a lace with a buckle, and of course, making it fit you is not "customizing" or chargable in the same sense as, say, embossing a dragon on your breastplate.  I would HOPE that any item you order from me would fit you as a matter of course! 


  Returns on stock items....no problem.  No questions asked. No restocking  charges, but YOU pay the shipping. 
                    No returns on custom items, (who else would wear it?)
                    No Refunds for the the customized portion of a returned stock item or plans.
                    Like, you could send back the elbow cops, spaudlers and backplate, but the fancy embossed breastplate is yours!

   If I cannot complete your custom project I will  return your money. (of course!) 
                    If there is an undue delay in making your item, I will let you know, and you can cancel your order.
                   Jogging my elbow with weekly requests for updates does not bother me at all.  

   A photograph of you front and side (in a tee shirt is fine) will go a long ways to tailor your armour correctly.

  Shipping costs are non-refundable

  Who owns the drawings?  All intellectual property is mine.  This includes pictures on this web site, templates and draft patterns. I invoke copyright on all such materials.  So no, you can't have my drawings to help you or that other armourer make that custom piece. Even IF you have paid a development charge.  And turnabout is fair play...other artists and armour makers are safe from me ripping them off.  So that Doctor Doom mask you want me to make?  Best obtain that copyright before you get me to make it.  That Deviant Art pic you like so much....get the artist to sign off on me making it.  Doesn't take much effort, and shows the chivalry which defines your character.  No big deal, usually, most artists are ticked pink that you had the courtesy to ASK!   Same does NOT apply to Paramount Pictures, Marvel Comics,  Halo, Mass Effect, or other video games.  Those guys have lawyers on retainer happily trolling the comic cons looking for work!  Think twice.  I will.

    Be wary of auction houses who make their money on the shipping!

                    When comparing prices, please keep un-advertised costs such as hidden handling fees in mind. Sometimes that great deal on "Cheap Swords dot com" might not be so great once all the nickles and dimes are factored in.

Customer service is not just some marketing buzz word, it really IS the biggest edge I have over the big companies. When you talk to me, you are talking to the boss.  stag@southtower.on.ca



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The South Tower Armouring Guild is run by strict guidelines involving environmental sustainability, fair play, fair wages and safe working conditions for my employees, and I take personal responsibility for anything we do, make or sell.   An ecological footprint is inevitable...I choose to make it a light one. 
 
 

-- Bill Fedun, owner, proprietor--

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