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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