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Nicolás B.




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PostPosted: Thu 18 Oct, 2018 7:51 am    Post subject: wood options for scabbard         Reply with quote

I wanted to use poplar but i cant find it anywhere near to me , which wood would be a good option for it? Is beech a good option ? i can get it pretty easy here where i live .

thanks.

PS: about acidity and that stuff , it will be used for a wooden sword so i dont think that matter at all right?
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Mikko Kuusirati




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PostPosted: Thu 18 Oct, 2018 4:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Indeed, for a wooden sword it should make no difference.

You might want to use the same wood as for the sword, though, just to minimize the chances of them warping differently with fluctuations in temperature and moisture.

The subtle tongue, the sophist guile, they fail when the broadswords sing;
Rush in and die, dogs -- I was a man before I was a king.
-- R. E. Howard, The Road of Kings
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Harry Marinakis




PostPosted: Thu 18 Oct, 2018 7:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Based on analysis of extant wood scabbards, all of the following woods have been used for scabbard cores:

- Alder
- Ash
- Beech
- Birch
- Cherry
- Hazel
- Lime
- Maple
- Oak
- Poplar
- Willow

Poplar is soft but fibrous. It doesn't carve very cleanly and you get lots of tearout. Not a pleasant wood with which to work.

Personally I prefer woods that carve and chisel cleanly, like birch. The fact that you don't get all the tearout seems to make it easier to carve and shape, even if the wood is a lot harder than poplar.
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Mikko Kuusirati




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PostPosted: Fri 19 Oct, 2018 4:17 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Harry Marinakis wrote:
Personally I prefer woods that carve and chisel cleanly, like birch. The fact that you don't get all the tearout seems to make it easier to carve and shape, even if the wood is a lot harder than poplar.

Good birch is lovely, yeah. Just keep your tools sharp and the hardness should be no problem (and, of course, once you're done carving it's purely a good thing).

The subtle tongue, the sophist guile, they fail when the broadswords sing;
Rush in and die, dogs -- I was a man before I was a king.
-- R. E. Howard, The Road of Kings
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