Chris Dobson came into the museum field by first reconstructing, and then restoring armour and edged weapons, giving him experience in a wide range of media, including: paints and lacquers; textiles; horn, bone and antler; leather; sheet iron, steel, brass, bronze and copper; hard soldering and welding; cast bronze and iron; and gold and silver. In 1995 the quality of his work was recognized by his appointment as Master Armourer to the Royal Armouries. He is the only Armourer in the West to have his Mastership officially recognized. He reconstructed a pair of tournament armours for use in displays of combat at the museum. As an acknowledged expert in the restoration of armour and edged weapons, he still sometimes accepts commissions from museums and private individuals.