Curtana, Complete!

With the addition of the blue ‘gems’ on the hilt this relic weapon is complete! It took long enough, but it was fun to do. I WILL make another later, but it will be much later, as I now have three commissions! Finally get to earn a little dough while doing something I enjoy!

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Week in Review (April 16-22)

A lot of travel last week for work, but it was all good as it gave me some extra hours on my time card! Got to listen to some Greg Laurie and Captain Capitalism during the hours on the road (talk about polar opposites, but both are good listening). Had some rain at one job site that left everything drenched and muddy. The dirt out on some of the job sites is super, super fine, almost like baby powder. When it gets wet it sticks to the bottom of your boots like dough, sometimes an inch thick! Since your out in the middle of nowhere there isn’t really a way to get it off, either.

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Forming Curtana

Since the temperature around my neck of the woods has taken a drastic drop I decided to work on making a template for the Curtana. For those of you late to the party let it be known that I make wooden swords in my spare time. I do it for a couple of reasons, but mainly because I feel it helps balance out my time on the computer (which I do for work) with something that is NOT computer (or gaming, which I do in my spare time). Secondly I do it because I would like to sell said wooden swords to young men who I think spend way too much time in front of gaming consoles swinging virtual swords when they should be spending some time outside swinging an actual sword (or wooden replica of). Unfortunately I haven’t sold many swords, and have actually considered just giving them away if I could get some crowd-funding going on, but I have yet to try it.

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Sword #62

Finally got this guy finished. I really like it! It’s very light (should be, it has no center) and fast and can easily be used both single or double handed. It isn’t really up to snuff with my typical builds because I had to rush to finish it. My buyer backed out so I thought I would give it to my wife’s nephew. I didn’t have red/yellow paint, like the original image called for, but I think I did pretty good in the blue/silver.

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Sword #62

 

Unfortunately my sword-selling business isn’t working out as well as I had hoped it would, as I haven’t sold a single thing through my Facebook shop at all. It’s a little disappointing, but I’m starting to think that this kind of thing might be best sold at craft fairs and such. I don’t know. I might try and hit some of the nearby parks, where various peoples are enjoying the nice, but hot weather. Perhaps I can entice some young adventurers in need of new arms.