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Steve Sarak





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PostPosted: Fri 21 Oct, 2005 5:06 pm    Post subject: Need your ideas on how to diplay my sword         Reply with quote

Hi,
I just picked up my 500 A.D. roman-ish sword.
I want to display it, but I don't want it to look like just any sword in a stand, not that any sword is just a sword.
I can think of two ways of doing this.
1) An exceptional sword stand, but not one that you see all the time, something unique. maybe two roman standards "SPQR" and an eagle booth on a marble column with the sword in between or something.
Has anybody seen a sword stand that stands out from the rest. Mabe the sword sitting on two small brass holders with a black background.
I don't know what I want to do yet, right know I'm looking for ideas.

2) Maybe the sword should be diplayed with a roman wall relief behind it, or some sort of picture showing roman swords in battle.

The bottom line is that I don't know right now, and I'm looking for ideas, so.... what do you have.

Thanks
Steve[/i]
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Bob Burns




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PostPosted: Fri 21 Oct, 2005 5:24 pm    Post subject: Sword Display         Reply with quote

How about making a sword case or stand out of "padauk"? This is a gorgeous deep red hardwood. Just an idea. Actually I was in the process of making a sword case for my Arms & Armor swords, then I saw a sword rack one of the members has to display his Albions. So I am making the swordcase into a bookshelf and am going to draw up prints to make a sword rack instead of a case.
You will have to go to an exotic hardwood specialty store to find padauk, or maybe purpleheart, zebra wood is also gorgeous but very expensive.
Just an idea, I was a cabinet maker for 8 years. One thing about padauk though, it is a high energy wood, so if you try to use a router on it, it will probably blow out on you, in other words, instead of a smooth edge from the router bit, you may well get blow outs of wood.


Happy Collecting,

Bob
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Patrick Kelly




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PostPosted: Fri 21 Oct, 2005 6:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I agree with Bob padauk is a gorgeous wood, and one of my favorites. During my time in the oriental arts my sensei made a bo for me out of padauk. I recently used it as a spear shaft on this piece. It had lain under my bed for several years and I'm glad I finally found a use for it. It's a beautiful piece of wood.

http://www.myArmoury.com/pat_othr_han_viks.html?1

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Steve Sarak





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PostPosted: Sat 22 Oct, 2005 8:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'll check into what the wood looks like. Any suggestions or links to sites you've seen that has a different kind of stand other then the tipical straight up wood with arms etc?

Thanks
Steve
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Risto Rautiainen




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PostPosted: Sat 22 Oct, 2005 10:19 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I like the idea of those Albion PoB stands they sell, simple and beautiful. I bet you could do some spiffy stuff with the same idea.

PoB stands
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Patrick Kelly




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PostPosted: Sat 22 Oct, 2005 2:04 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I like the Albion PoB stands, but I wish someone would make a quality vertical free-standing stand for european swords. Something like those single sword stands made for japanese swords would be nice.
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Steve Grisetti




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PostPosted: Mon 24 Oct, 2005 8:25 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If you really want to highlight your special piece, another thought is to look at the displays at the Masters of Fire Exhibition, discussed in another thread. Their displays are meant to highlight only the artistry of the individual piece, so include no other elements that might distract from it. Here is a link that shows the displays that they used:
http://www.arscives.com/mastersofire/displaypics.htm
And here is the display of the gladius interpretation by Luciano Oliveira Dorneles of Brazil:



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Masters of Fire Exhibition - Gladius by Luciano Oliveira Dorneles

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Steve Sarak





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PostPosted: Wed 26 Oct, 2005 8:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks, I'll check it out.
Steve
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