We start with a unique and custom design, as no two handmade creations will ever be identical, by nature. Various species of wood are used in the construction of weapons, and many factors must be considered if a weapon is truely going to be suitable for it's intended purpose. Wood grain, hardness, flexability, weight, resiliency and of course aesthetics, are all important factors to be consider when designing a weapon. Once the proper materials have been selected, they will be shaped and balanced for the intended use. Attention to detail and desired specifications, are the rules followed during this phase of the fabrication. During the finishing phase, wood is maticulously sanded through several grades of abrasives to properly close the pores and add to the beauty and durabilty of the weapon, before being sealed for protection against the elements that otherwise might weaken or compromise its structural integrity. A fine coat of premium oils will be applied and allowed to seep into the wood over a minimum of 24 hours, before additional sanding, sealing and buffing. Oils will naturally become engrained into the wood, as opposed to any topical coatings that would crack and chip over time. This oiling, seeping and buffing process is repeated until the desired protection and aesthetic appearance has been acheived. Any additional embellishments or accessories such as hand made leather tsubas, tsuka wraps, monograming, engraving or design punching are then added with the same attention to detail and finish. Only when the weapon fully meets the high standards set for apperance and structural integrity will it be offered customer consideration.
Throughout the creative process of making a custom wooden weapon, a relationship is forged between the craftsman and the wood. Ultimately each will bring out the best that the other has to offer. Once this weapon is employed for its intended purpose, a new relationship will be forged and tested. As this relationship between the weapon and a Warrior is strengthened through time, each will once again reveal the best that the other has to offer.