“I started making armour in 1984 aged just 13 after being inspired by the TV series “Robin of Sherwood” and even convinced my teachers to allow me to make armour in my school metalwork lessons. I look back at the early pieces I made and cringe.
My knowledge of armour in those early days was sketchy to say the least but I found that I had an eye for shapes and form which, as my techniques have improved, have allowed me to more accurately replicate the original pieces. I made a conscious decision to move away from modern fabrication methods of producing armour preferring to raise pieces from a single piece of metal rather than use modern welding techniques. I always strive to make my armour as close as I can to the originals, relying on the generations of knowledge that went into each original piece.
Plessis Armouries was created in 2000 to reproduce handcrafted pieces of history and has been my sole occupation ever since. In this time I have produced hundreds of pieces of armour from many different periods from ancient Greek to the trenches of the first world war.