|Project by Rob W Jr||posted 10-07-2010 07:04 PM||1360 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
I made this sword for my best friend, Austin. It took me way longer than it should have, but I eventually finished it. As Austin put it, my skill in woodworking is often surpassed by my skill in procrastinating.
The blade is made from pieces of cherry on the sides and a piece of ash in the middle. The ash continues back to form a tang in the handle (which is also cherry). I went a bit crazy with the cherry, considering that in the original design, it was all to be made of ash. The flame finial that forms the pommel of the sword took the longest to finish. I wasn’t completely sure how to design and create something like that, because I haven’t really been carving that long. Admittedly, I got a little bit of help from my dad on that part. I’m happy with how it turned out, though.
Once the actual woodworking part was over and the sword was glued up, I finished it rather quickly. I burned the Hebrew word for “brother” into the blade, and then finished it all with four coats of satin polyurethane. I presented the sword to Austin the day after I finished it, which was the same day that we had gone to the Renaissance Festival. Yes, I did that on purpose.