|Project by Dan Pleska||posted 10-05-2007 05:58 PM||2700 views||5 times favorited||14 comments|
When I’m not making sawdust, I like to practice Tai-Chi with my wife Cat. Recently we started learning a new form of Tai-Chi practiced with swords. Although Tai-Chi is a martial art, this form is done in a slow deliberate manner. We do not strike at each other with the swords. I purchased a traditional Tai-Chi sword which turned out to be a little too heavy for Cat. I decided to make one from, you guessed it, wood. They sell wooded practice swords, but why would a woodworker buy a wooden sword?
This sword is made from a single piece of Cherry. After making it our instructor said it was a little too light to make it a useful practice sword. In an effort to increase the weight I added a strip of Lignum Vitae to the blade portion. The strip goes all the way through, so I don’t think you would call it inlay. I also drilled a 3/8” hole down through the handle and inserted a piece of steel rod.
After sanding with 220 grit and woodburning the traditional Ying-Yang symbol I sprayed it with clear lacquer. Now we both have swords to practice with.
-- Dan, West Virginia, http://www.danpleskaCreations.com