Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
I have thought of trying this myself to make a Roman helmet like one of these, but am not sure if my lathe could handle it, the steel or brass needs to be at least 1.5mm thick. ( these examples are that thick at the exposed edge). On both of these the neck guard has been welded/brazed on after the bowl was spun, the Romans did it in one piece then added the ear guards, cheek pieces and decorative bits. Originally, only brass/bronze ones were spun, the steel ones were made by hammering over a form.