The shape of steel...the beauty of leather.

About Leather Helms

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.

Minnesota Vikings and Leatherhelms!


Minnesota Vikings lineman, Bryant McKinnie, poses on the cover of the Minneapolis Downtown Journal. He's wearing a Leatherhelms Viking helmet...made in XL to accommodate his 335-pound, 6' 8" frame.

My thanks to the many people who made this publicity shot happen...especially to "Costume the Cities" costume shop, who provided my contact information to the newspaper, over a year after I visited their shop.

City of Lakes Loppet, Minneapolis, MN, 2010.

You Tube® video of a friend and me dressed as Birkebeiner
Vikings, leading 300 kids off on a cross country ski race.
City of Lakes Loppet, Minneapolis, MN, 2010.