Once an artist always an artist. Every once in a while I get sucked back into creative adventures.
Recently I have been making props for a local ballet company's production of Don Quixote. I believe it is an opportunity to stretch myself and who knows where it might take me. Plus it is so fun!
Start of the jousting lance. Used a 9' 4x4 post of Western Red Cedar.
New tool that was used to shape the lance.
I have no access to a lathe big enough to shape a 9' pole so I had to whittle the beast down with a 10" drawknife. Working the lance with the drawknife was a cross between doing sit-ups for hours and riding a skinny horse all day. I now have a new respect for anyone working with a drawknife and a shave horse.
As with any new tool there is a bit of a learning curve... and I had a slight mishap on the second day of working with the drawknife. What initially looked to be a simple cut turned out to be something a bit more ugly.
Doesn't look too bad but later...
Going to have quite a scar.
The yellow wood is Alaskan Yellow Cedar scraps that I have from the building of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse door. I had to build up the vamplate (bell-shaped guard in front of the grip) so I could get the proper bell shape.
Starting to look more like a lance and less like a small sapling.
I am about halfway done with the lance. More photos later of the finished lance.
The following pictures are of the scabbards I built for a pair of Spanish fencing swords that I have. The ballet company is borrowing the swords for the run of the show.
Start of the scabbards.
Don Quixote's scabbard and sword.
Gamache's scabbard and sword.
Scabbard faux chapes.