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Project by blackdogwoodshop posted 03-21-2008 05:00 AM 1420 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one variation of the play swords that I make. I haven’t found a kid that doesn’t love these. This one is made from Catalpa with a Maple insert. I usually make these from Catalpa because it is soft and has a beautiful green irredesence. The joinery is fairly simple: two lap joints. The finish is drug store variety mineral oil. The sword is 19 inches long. Thanks for taking a look at my projects!

-- Daniel, Southern Indiana -- "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." -- http://blackdogwoodshop.etsy.com





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MikeyG

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#1 posted 03-21-2008 05:04 AM

not extremely ornate but good craftsmanship nontheless… very nice

-- "Measure twice, curse once"

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#2 posted 03-21-2008 06:37 AM

I have 4 sons that all loved play swords. Ornate is not the way to go with these. This design is perfect for the use and abuse it will inevitably get.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#3 posted 03-21-2008 11:05 AM

This is a nice project for energetic youngsters. My two grandsons would absolutely love something like this. Catalpa appears to be an interesting wood with which I have not had the opportunity to work.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-21-2008 11:16 AM

Perfect for the youngsters.

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#5 posted 03-21-2008 12:58 PM

Let the creativity begin! Nice job.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#6 posted 03-21-2008 02:55 PM

Southern Indiana? Like, Evansville? (I got my MBA at U of E, near the Indian Summer vinegar plant … invigorating.) I remember when I was young playing swords with a guy whose father had made him an iron sword, which chopped our wooden ones to bits, even without an edge. Since he refused to trade off or adopt a wooden weapon, he soon didn’t have anyone to play with.

Even wooden swords can be effective, though. The Aztecs gave the Spanish a run for their money (so to speak) using wooden swords embedded with volcanic glass and quilted cotton armor. You really don’t want to be on the receiving end of a Japanese bamboo sword if you’re dumb enough to volunteer as a dummy in a dojo, even if you’re wearing padding. Any kind of fencing, especially in play (where it’s easy to get carried away, trust me), should include some kind of safety equipment or armor, especially for the eyes. Maybe something from an old bleach bottle and safety goggles, painted to look like metal, with elastic to hold it on? I don’t know.

-- Hibernicvs

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blackdogwoodshop

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#7 posted 03-23-2008 02:56 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone! Thanks for taking time to look at my projects!

-- Daniel, Southern Indiana -- "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." -- http://blackdogwoodshop.etsy.com

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#8 posted 02-24-2009 05:09 AM

That sure beats a length of Hot Wheels track!!!!

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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blackdogwoodshop

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#9 posted 02-24-2009 04:08 PM

Thanks!

-- Daniel, Southern Indiana -- "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." -- http://blackdogwoodshop.etsy.com

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