Two birds with one stone?

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Project by BrentKistner posted 03-26-2015 07:11 PM 1087 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I have been lurking here for quite a while, I suppose it is about time I offer up some of my tinkerings. Admittedly, I am a long way away from the quality and grace of the work that I am seeing here, but I guess the saying goes that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”. So, here it goes, kids. :)

This is a katana-kake, a sword stand for Japanese swords. I built this one as a fun project for myself, actually. I have been practicing martial arts, including Iaido and various other Japanese sword arts for 2 decades now, so it was about time I built a proper home for the sharp pointy things in my life. The base is reclaimed walnut, and the and “arms” of the stand are an unknown to me. (a heavy wood, deep reddish… grain was fairly straight and clearly gorgeous. It was reclaimed from a burn pile, covered in paint. Any clues as to what it is would be greatly appreciated. It moved a lot like Brazilian Cherry, but I have no idea how that would end up in part of a painted bookshelf. it looks to me very similar to some Mahogany I had used years ago, but it was very dense lumber, leading me to believe it to be something else. lol.) The dragonfly inlay is a heat blued copper. I really like the how the base turned out in terms of size and visual “weight”, but wonder about the height of the arms. They are held in with wedge tenons made of walnut, so I might just build a slightly shorter pair to see how that looks. For now, at least the katana isn’t propped up in a corner though. :)

The two for one comes in on the bokken held in the stand. I made it out of two pieces laminated hickory flooring, matched in shape and length to my own actual katana, although beefed up a bit for added training weight. The finish is many coats of Tung oil on both, then followed with paste wax.

-- "Out of the darkness back into the darkness- affairs of the cat."

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#1 posted 03-27-2015 01:23 AM

Very nice. Welcome to LJ. The dragonfly is pretty awesome. I’d love to see how you did that.

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#2 posted 03-27-2015 06:41 AM

Make you a deal, you come teach me Iaido, and I will teach you Hapkido. Sound good?

This gives me yet another project for a list. I don’t have a nice sword, but I have a pair of cheap ones that have some sentimental value and the stand is wrecked. I may have just found what I want to do with some leftover cherry I may have after my current project…..


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#3 posted 03-27-2015 04:39 PM

Nice work and very practical.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 03-28-2015 11:36 PM

Very nice, don’t sell yourself short, that’s beautiful and practical.

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