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Robert Harbin
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Hi there- I'm Robert, a jack-of-all-trades. I've been making items for about 30 years, from almost everything and anything. At first it was mostly models and cloth items, but eventually I moved into wood and steel.

Now, as my passion(s) include history and in particular- the periods of the late medieval, renaissance, and then the 1900's to about 1945, I've had to learn how to do lots of different things.

Currently, I make items in steel, cloth, wood and leather for reenactors. Mostly it falls into knives and water bottles and pouches, but I'm always doing something new and interesting!

Take a look- and let me know if you want me to make something for you!


Current Residence: Reno, NV, USA
deviantWEAR sizing preference: XL-tall
Favourite genre of music: Traditional, downtempo, celtic, eastern
Favourite photographer: Adams
Operating System: Windows
MP3 player of choice: none~
Personal Quote: Oh dear...
So- to any who are following me, I apologize for not posting anything for some time.

I have like... a REAL excuse.  Honest!

I have had some issues with my right arm- the shoulder and elbow, in particular.  As it turns out, I am now in physical therapy for massive swelling of my rotator cuff, and possibly a tiny tear there as well.  After a few weeks of therapy- I have my full range of motion back, but am still slightly achy- although most of the more annoying pain is now in my elbow.

I hope to get into the shop to MAKE stuff soon- I've been working on throwing away a regulation butt-ton of old stuff, clearing space so the garage can be used for a new project over this winter- the building of a tube-frame dune buggy.

I will also be making several knives and the like in the next little bit, as well as some more of that crazy Wasteland stuff.

Bestens!  And have a great Holiday season!

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GeneralArtistSpeer Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hello Robert, first off, love your work, its incredible.  I am very fond of the Ithilien Ranger costume, which is what actually brought me to your page.  I am in the process of making my own Ithilien Ranger costume and was wondering if I could use some of your work as reference points; would this be ok to do?  I am an artist myself and I understand the process of asking the creator before using his or her own work as reference for creative purposes.  

Anyways, I love the work and I hope to see more of it.  
sgainbrachta Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Thanks!  I'm now working on my own set, and almost finished with all the buckles and such for both sets- I needed to finish for hers and mine at the same time.

Even better than just using those pics- ask if you have any questions- my "normal" email is the same as my name here at  Do let me know who you are- and I can then give you the things I did right and the things I did wrong, as well as some source material for the proper fabrics, etc~  No need to re-invent the wheel, after all!

Finally- check this site, if you don't know of it already-…

I go by the same handle there.  Awesome stuff, such cool guys- and rangers from the movies, as well as the books, and everything in-between!
Analbodr Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Nice work buddy. I'm that dwarf on Landy sending a quick hi... Keep it up :)
sgainbrachta Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
The owner of the curvilinear hilt, perchance?
Analbodr Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Ha ha no... I just met you in the game a while ago and promised to check out the site and say hi :). Good work
sgainbrachta Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Ah- excellent!  I do recall that convo.  Been a while!  That, and I've played so little of late- so busy...

Well- do take care!  Mayhap I'll catch you in-game one of these days!
AugustusImperator Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is gorgeous!  Not only that, but one can tell your work is efficient and would likely be effective in combat.  I especially love the halberd and pole hammer.  If you don't mind me asking, how did you start working with steel?  Is this your actual trade, or something you do on the side?  It's always been a dream of mine to do something like this, but it always seemed like an impossibility.
sgainbrachta Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
First off- Thank you very much!

I try to make things functional first and foremost- which is why the Wasteland=y stuff is so "different" for me- much of it is not very effective, overall...

I started as a young kid in the garage just making sword-shaped stuff, mostly.  After I got involved in Renaissance Faires, I realized that 1) I didn't have enough to afford the good stuff, and 2) Most of the "good stuff" was so non-period correct it hurt...  So I began to read a LOT about metal working, steels and how they behaved.  From there I was lucky to get some time as a sort of apprentice with a modern knife and sword maker.  Mike Lewis of Dragon Steel, who is now in Florida.  AFter that, I started to build my own tools- starting off with a hard wheel grinder and a brake drum forge in which I burned good charcoal.  Then it was practice, practice, practice...

Thing is- it really isn't hard to get started.  Get the book "The $50 Knife Shop" second edition- as it has color photos.  Now, it would be rether hard to build a shop for $50 now, but it can be done easily on the cheap.  From there, you can expand easily.  If you like- drop me a PM and we can chat about it- but first, do get that book.  This way we can start off speaking most of the same language.  It can be had used from Amazon for very little- my last copy was all of $12, shipped...

I look forward to talking steel more!

And again- thank you!

AugustusImperator Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll grab the book, and read it this week.  Thank you for the response, and the advice!
sgainbrachta Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
It's my pleasure!  I really love to work steel, and want other people to enjoy it as I do, do really, honestly- it IS my pleasure to be of assistance to you!

Once you get it, you can drop me a note on FB, if you use it- Robert Harbin, here or at my "normal" email, which is sgainbrachta (at)  I don't check DA as often as I probably should, but it's much more likely that you'll catch me on FB or my main email.  Please do let me know who you are from DA if you do make contact~  at least then I'll know your interest, etc that way!
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