|Project by BrentKistner||posted 12-20-2013 10:51 PM||915 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
So, this is a first project post here, actually two projects in one, but who is counting? :)
I built this bokken (wooden sword) because I needed something with a bit more weight to it than a typical store bought ones, (and besides, it’s kind of insulting to buy something that you can easily make.) It’s a simple lamination of two layers of Hickory, shaped to match my actual live blade in length and sori (curve). Then I built the katanakake (sword stand) because the bokken needed a home. It is built of reclaimed walnut and what I can only guess is a piece of Mahogany? I tend to use a lot of reclaimed lumber in my projects, but this piece of material is a bit of a mystery to me. It was one of two heavily painted boards used in an old bookshelf that a neighbor threw out. The grain was straight and easy to work with as long as you knew which way it was headed. Sort of like old world Douglas fir, but a bit softer? The inlay was an earlier attempt at accenting with copper. I undercut the shape carefully into the walnut and “sprung” the dragonfly in place with a heavy dose of epoxy behind it. (It’s a shame that the epoxy soaked into the edges around the copper, it makes it look as though I was really sloppy. lol) I really like the look of it, even though it is so simplistic. The masts are held in place by wedges underneath.
Anyways. It’s nothing fancy, but I felt like I had lurked here long enough. :) Comments and criticism are always welcome here.
Thank you all. :)
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