|Project by Ronbrush||posted 11-19-2013 04:12 PM||1801 views||3 times favorited||13 comments|
This is not the kind of project that I normally work on but I have a grandson who seems to enjoy getting me to think “outside the box”. This summer, he asked me to make a Japanese Katana for him. Everything is basswood, except for the wound fabrics on the handle (tsuka)and on the scabbard (saya). Finn’s mother is Chinese and Finn was born in the year of the monkey. This Katana is an attempt to celebrate Finn’s Oriental heritage by including a relief carving of two monkeys on one side of the tsuba (guard) and one of the the vermillion bird – oriental symbol for the southern cardinal direction – on the other side. Naturally, the sword had to be red.
-- Ron Tourangeau, Ottawa, ON – www.generationstudios.com