Monthly Archives: March 2015

Straight Sided, Flat Bottom Wooden Bowls

For reasons I can’t figure out, the sacrificial wood method of mounting the bowl blanks that served me so well in the past just isn’t working for me any more. So I’ve begun to experiment with using chuck turning techniques … Continue reading

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Letter Opener

The acrylic handle was turned on a wood lathe at MakerPlace. Brass fittings are from a kit sold by Rockler. Originally I made it using traditional chisels, but that led to the handle chipping. I cut off the damaged portion, … Continue reading

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Sword Hilt with a Green Hot Patina

The hilt and pommel cleaned and prepared using a sand blaster. Then heated with a propane torch attached to a MAP-Pro tank. To check the temperature, dip a chip brush into some water then dab onto the metal. It should … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Part 1, Divisions

Chapter 1: Divisions of the Combatant Previous interpretation: Meyer’s Longsword – Divisions of the Combatant Something I missed before was where Meyer mentions that it is now the fashion to primarily aim for the head. I think he is saying … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Part 1, Divisions of the Fight

Previous interpretation: Meyer’s Longsword – Divisions of the Fight Zufechten – Onset The onset is the first intention, the first action taken from a posture to begin an  engagement. Unless you fall into the bad habit of “one-attack, one-counter, break”, … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Part One or This is Not Stage Fighting

Meyer’s intention is to divide his text into three parts. First is the vocabulary, then the explanation and interpretation of the vocabulary, and finally the art of fencing itself. The purpose of this is three-fold. The first is to avoid … Continue reading

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Escalation Fight

In the 16th century, the use of a thrust to settle local disputes was considered a grave offense that could lead to execution or banishment. So fights between two citizens of the same town were often conducted with only cuts … Continue reading

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Longsword – Right Underhauw vs. Meyer’s Left Pflug

Once again we are beginning in Meyer’s Left Pflug (Plow). This also works if the patient is in Schlussel (Key). As the right Underhauw (Under cut) comes in, the patient steps out to the left using his left foot. As … Continue reading

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Reading Meyer’s Cutting Diagram, A Theory

In the back of Meyer’s 1560 manual there is a set of curious diagrams. They don’t seem to be explained anywhere, but have the appearance of cutting diagrams. Our theory is that each number that is preceded by a circle … Continue reading

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Longsword – Left Zornhau vs. Meyer’s Left Pflug

This begins with the patient in Meyer’s Left Pflug (Plow). In theory, the patient could also be in Schlussel (Key). As the agent throws a left Zornhau (Wrath cut), the patient will make a small increase of the right foot … Continue reading

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