Here we are proud to share a presentation by Dale Utt a fellow of our sister organization The Oakeshott Institute detailing his work creating cutting-edge digital models of historic objects. This not only includes work on historical swords but other objects and art from around the world to be used in exhibitions and online. This unique access to such objects allows collections and scholars of all types a deeper and broader research opportunity for items they are not able to have in hand. It can also support institutions with recording keeping, cataloging and conservation.
This is one of the more innovative ways that many organizations are increasing their outreach to their patrons and increasing the educational value of their collections. Dale's work has covered many different items but his area of interest focuses on arms and armor to all of our benefit.
Check out his discussion and some of the answers to questions about this interesting research and avenue to increase access to the general public of these amazing artifacts.
Enjoy some 3D Sword Love!
You can see the models Dale has made for The Oakeshott Institute here if you are inclined you can support this research on The Oakeshott Institute Patreon page
You can see some of the reproductions of these swords in the Arms & Armor LIne here
Nathan Clough, Ph.D. is Vice President of Arms and Armor and a member of the governing board of The Oakeshott Institute. He is a historical martial artist and a former university professor of cultural geography. He has given presentations on historical arms at events including Longpoint and Combatcon, and presented scholarly papers at, among others, The International Congress on Medieval Studies.
Craig Johnson is the Production Manager of Arms and Armor and Secretary of The Oakeshott Institute. He has taught and published on the history of arms, armor and western martial arts for over 30 years. He has lectured at several schools and Universities, WMAW, HEMAC, 4W, and ICMS at Kalamazoo. His experiences include iron smelting, jousting, theatrical combat instruction and choreography, historical research, European martial arts and crafting weapons and armor since 1985