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Family Tree of Many Chainmaille Weaves

Conceived and Constructed by David H. F. Coder

pictures of the weaves

Hello there! This family tree represents the connections between weaves as I see them. The most simple weave is the farthest to the left (1-1 chain), and each arrow represents "has been modified into". For example:

This tree is by no means complete, and many of the weaves out there in the great world of chainmailling are so far removed from the main lineages of these weaves that it is very hard to draw a connection. We'll try to keep expanding on this tree, and if anyone out there thinks they know some good additions, or totally disagree with a connection, write us and tell us what you think. Wow, these are long sentences. Also, you can see a discussion about this tree at Weave Family Tree or (

Oh, and a few of the best sources on the web for pictures of all these weaves:

Old versions of the tree:      Generation 1      Generation 2      Generation 3

As an added bonus, I have links to many pictures of the weaves in the tree. Many of these pictures aren't mine, and many are hosted here without explicit permission. If you are the owner of one of these images and would prefer me not to display or link to your picture here, e-mail me and I will be happy to take it down. I'm not trying to step on anyone's toes or infringe on any copyrights. I am simply trying to create a useful resource for maillers. I will work on getting my own pictures of all these weaves shortly.

Known contributors: Kim S. Chatfield (SakredChao), Milo, 

Items marked with a * are currently not integrated into the web.

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