Leatherhelms was started because I saw that there was an unfulfilled niche in the Renaissance community. Almost nobody was walking around the Faires wearing a helmet! But I thought that Renfaire people needed helmets.
So, in 2004, my first experiment with making a helmet used an old felt hat from a thrift store. I cut the brim off and shaped the crown in hot water. From the brim I cut out a Viking face guard, and then superglued everything together. I used some wood stain for the color, and then hardened it all with epoxy. Upholstery tacks simulated the rivets.
Well, it faked everybody out. They all thought it was leather. So, I decided to try making a real one. A few months later I had my first real leather helmet, and I’ve been making them, and improving them ever since.