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PostSubject: Building A Bokken   February 10th 2009, 8:25 pm

Hey you guys, finally decided to try and build a bokken. Sorry if this is in the wrong section sinz, Feel free to move it wherever you feel appropriate. Anyway b4 i post my pictures here is a little background story. Every once and a while i get little ideas in my head about building somthing or doing something, these momentary lapses in reality actually led me to build the computer i'm typing on Razz. So here i am at work and i decide I finally want to try crafting a wooden variant to the Japanese Katana (the Bokken). For the record I do practice any sort of martial art involving the use of these wooden beauties but hey its somthing else i can knock off my "to do list b4 i die" right? Back to the story, I finish work and drive out the home depot, There I purchase a sanding block a wood carver and a 2 foot piece of oak railing. I was very upset that i could not buy a 4 foot piece to work with but they didnt have any... go figure. So i decide on the spot to go for more of a Kodachi type, which is generally around the same length as a wakizashi ( 2 feet...ish). so here we are back in my bedroom i snapped a picture of the parts. I will be adding more pictures as soon as i get the guts to carve into it. So feel free to discuss any information you may have on constructing, using, maintaining them. Thanks for your time! lookin forward to your responses.

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PostSubject: Re: Building A Bokken   February 10th 2009, 8:29 pm

arn't bokkens made out of split bamboo, not solid wood?
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PostSubject: Re: Building A Bokken   February 10th 2009, 9:23 pm

i think the split bamboo ones are called shinai. there used in kendo practice where bokken are used fro aikido among other things
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PostSubject: Re: Building A Bokken   February 11th 2009, 12:51 am

oh...ok Very Happy well then im not much of a wood worker so im out...actually i don't really build anything No Crying or Very sad i want to but i am saving every penny for college. thats another topic, good luck with the bokken
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PostSubject: Re: Building A Bokken   February 12th 2009, 12:45 pm

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Japanese-Bokken/

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Tsuba-for-a-wooden-Bokken/









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PostSubject: Re: Building A Bokken   February 12th 2009, 5:51 pm

Sinz you are the man. I actually watched all 4 of those last week. I was just wondering if anyone on here has tried building them! :)
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PostSubject: Re: Building A Bokken   February 12th 2009, 7:54 pm

Nova_Kaine wrote:
i think the split bamboo ones are called shinai. there used in kendo practice where bokken are used for aikido among other things

CORRECT ! POINTS TO THE MAN WITH THE BUSTER BLADE! lol

i havent tried making one myself as of yet but i use them pretty frequently its gonna be pretty difficult to get the right balance and stuff unless you dont intend using it in practice of kenjutsu, iaido etc.
You know the cross sections n stuff dont ya?

good luck anyways man!
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PostSubject: Re: Building A Bokken   February 13th 2009, 2:30 am

Excellent videos Sinz...

You know, I never actually tried to carve a bokken, per se. I bought a few ready made bokken that never lasted very long, so what I used to do was to find a good piece of 1" diameter hard wood doweling, cut it to length, wrap it from tip to pommel with gaffers tape, and cover all the seams with resin epoxy. Tsubas were simple plywood disks with a 1" hole center drilled... and epoxied in place. A far cry from your standard bokken, and not technically accurate, but cheap, easy and just as fun...
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