Meet the Instructors
Robert Hayes

Robert Hayes

Medieval Metal Armorer

Rigourous, encouraging, historical.

I love it, I was a huge nerd growing up, I loved Lord of The Rings and fantasy. Years ago I was a re-enactor in battles but couldn’t afford cool gear so I started making my own. When I’m creating my pieces either armour or weapons, I get into a flow state where you start picturing the changes in the steel or the shapes in your head. I’m doing something that people haven’t done for hundreds of years.

Rob Hayes turned his love of historical arms and armour into his rare trades practice. A self-taught artisan, Rob made his own armour during his time as a fighter in the medieval combat sport known as Buhurt. Now, Rob practices under the name Hammer & Scales and is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and skills.