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David Jackson




Location: Maple Ridge BC Canada
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PostPosted: Fri 07 Jul, 2006 2:29 pm    Post subject: My latest project         Reply with quote

Hi there,
I've lurked on this site for quite awhile now but never posted anything. I'm a pretty low level collector but would like to do more if finances allowed. Anyway here are some pictures of a scabbard I just made for my first sword. The sword is a small Toledo wall hanger but it was my first. My parents bought it for me when I was 12-13. It used to have a cast pot metal cross guard and pommel but the cross guard broke so for years I had a sword with half a hilt. As skills and access to tools improved I compleatly redid the hilt to what it is now. I recently gave the sword to my son (he is 10), who wasn't too keen on the ratty old scabbard I had it in. So I made a new one with his name, Iain, in runes on it. He seemed quite happy with the result, so I though I'd share. Please excuse the quality of my cheap camera and lousy camera work.

Dave



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Steve Grisetti




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PostPosted: Fri 07 Jul, 2006 2:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well done, David. I so-o-o admire people who can actually do things with their hands!
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Ken Rankin




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PostPosted: Fri 07 Jul, 2006 2:45 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

David,

That is great work! It looks good to me, your son is very lucky that his dad would do so much for him.

Ken
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Shawn Shaw




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PostPosted: Fri 07 Jul, 2006 5:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice. How did you fashion the pommel and cross guard?
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Andy Bain




Location: Surrey, BC, Canada
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Jul, 2006 11:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Good work David, and nice to see you're getting your son started early. Happy And it's also nice to see another Canuck on the forum. Welcome!
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Jul, 2006 12:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

And let me say, there is nothing cooler to an 11 year old than a sword of your own! My dad gave me a ratty old wall hanger that'd been sitting in our shed for decades when I was around that age. The blade was essentially a piece of rectangular metal sawn into the vague shape of a blade, blunt as a crowbar, and completely covered with rust and corrosion from some 30 years of sitting in a shed. And I was the happiest kid in the world because of it. Happy (spent months trying to clean it, too!)

So congratulations to your son! I hope he enjoys it!

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David Jackson




Location: Maple Ridge BC Canada
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PostPosted: Mon 10 Jul, 2006 12:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the response. As for the making of the hilt and pommel, When I first started dating my wife I discovered that her father had a great selection of tools. He had both a woodwork shop and a metal working shop as well. One of the cooler items he had was a milling machine. It was this that I used to shape the hilt from flat brass bar stock. The pomme was just a slice of round bar stock. Not terribly complicated just time intensive.

Dave J
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Jean Thibodeau




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PostPosted: Mon 10 Jul, 2006 1:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

David Jackson wrote:
Thanks for the response. As for the making of the hilt and pommel, When I first started dating my wife I discovered that her father had a great selection of tools. He had both a woodwork shop and a metal working shop as well. One of the cooler items he had was a milling machine. It was this that I used to shape the hilt from flat brass bar stock. The pomme was just a slice of round bar stock. Not terribly complicated just time intensive.

Dave J


Really great making / restoring a sword for our son. Cool Not a sharp obviously but still a metal sword, which is a good thing teaching having fun and still being " responsible " . Might not hurt anyone but the occasional table lamp might get " IT ".

Much better to teach responsibility in stages rather than duct tapping your kids with layers of cotton wool so that they never hurt themselves. ( Unless you are making them a Gambison that is. Razz Wink )

So did your future wife get a little irritated when you started spending more time with her Dad in his workshop that with her ?

( Just teasing: No harm intended. Big Grin Cool )

P.S. Oh, wecome to the site. Big Grin

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