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Project by BrentKistner posted 12-20-2013 10:51 PM 865 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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. :)

-- "Out of the darkness back into the darkness- affairs of the cat."

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#1 posted 12-20-2013 10:56 PM

Pretty nice. Welcome aboard!

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#2 posted 12-21-2013 01:11 AM

Glad to see you post. Great job. Hope to see more of your work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-21-2013 03:01 AM

Beautiful work—especially your copper butterfly. I don’t see anything sloppy about your inlay. Are you sure you’re not being too hard on yourself? Frankly, I’d love to be able to do copper inlay like this and your bear paw.

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#4 posted 12-21-2013 11:19 AM

Looks great, excellent job…

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#5 posted 12-21-2013 04:40 PM

Thanks for the comments, Gentlemen.

The inlay stuff was/is surprisingly simple. I have been toying around with the idea for a while now… thinking of using a dragonfly as a sort of makers mark. It has the potential for a pretty nice “custom” visual impact for the time invested in it. I just use an Xacto knife to undercut the wood and back off the coffee a bit and it seems to work. (although with the epoxy and overcoats of poly I don’t know that undercutting is necessary at all, honestly)

-- "Out of the darkness back into the darkness- affairs of the cat."

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