A Day of Traditional Maille Making



Ever wondered how 'chainmail' was made? This is a unique chance to try this traditional craft. As one of the few traditional maille makers in the UK, and an experienced teacher, Phil will take you through the process of making maille armour from scratch, using the traditional methods and materials. You will also get to see some genuine historic maille! This is a course for total beginners. Everyone can do it, you don't need a lot of physical strength, just a bit of patience and attention to detail. It's a fun and creative activity for all, and Phil has lots of experience and knowledge he loves to share. The day is a relaxed 10 till 3 and group size is a maximum of 4, so that you will get individual attention and help with the trickier bits as you make your own patch of real maille! Phil can also do a one to one course or couples or a family group with children aged 10 and over - let us know your requirements so we can give you a personal quote. If you have any other requests let us know!

What's included in the price?

All materials and instruction included. You will come away with your own bag of items that you have created yourself, that you can use to show your friends and family the journey from wire to completed maille. This includes your very own created patch of maille on a keyring. Bring your own packed lunch, or pick up something from the nearby supermarket, but we'll supply plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits!


5 hours

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



Phil Parkes Maille

with Craft Courses since 2023

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Welcome! I'm Phil Parkes. I use traditional hand crafting methods to create maille armour, based on historical research of original items. I really enjoy showing people the process of making maille and seeing them come away with something they've made themselves as well as a new confidence in using tools and an appreciation of what was involved in making maille in the past! The skills and techniques are accessible to anyone: I've worked with our local primary school, families at community events and adult workshops, and all have really enjoyed creating their own items and learning more. My experience with teaching led me to create 'Wooden Maille' kits to help teach the skills involved in putting together patterns and tailoring. I'm a member of the Heritage Crafts Association - as a maille maker I'm on their list of endangered crafts and have been shortlisted for Maker of the Year 2023. My career has been in professionally conserving archaeological finds and teaching those skills as a Reader in Conservation at Cardiff University.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Hearing impaired
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
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