|Project by klipper||posted 05-04-2011 03:47 AM||3900 views||8 times favorited||16 comments|
This was a gift to my “Little Brother” upon his graduation from Central Michigan University and it happen to occur near his birthday so it did double duty. Mike has been a Star Trek fanatic for a long time. He recently got his Master’s Degree in film studies. So I made him this Bat’leth, stand and case. For the uninitiated, the Bat’leth was the quintesential Klingon weapon for hand-to-hand combat. It was an iconic symbol in the Star Trek series, instantly recognized by any Trekkie.
The stand was made from Oak and can be used to either display the stainless steel sword on a table or can be hung on the wall. The case was also made from Oak and oak plywood. The Klingon emblem was made from Walnut veneer and glued to the surface of the plywood. Making an inlay of that symbol was not in my skill set and I didn’t feel like I had time to learn that skill while trying to complete the project on time.
This was a really fun project for me. Both the woodworking and metal working were challenging and gave me a chance to be a little creative. I also knew that Mike would not be dissappointed. He wasn’t. In fact, he told me that I didn’t have to get him another present for the rest of his life. Seeing his reaction and knowing he would treasure it for a long time was a great thrill for me.
-- Best Regards, Dennis