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Tai Chi Sword for a Mother by chioky Tai Chi Sword for a Mother by chioky
Here it is, the first sword I have made in almost 5 years. So the story behind this sword is quite interesting so read on if you wish.

So for those of you who don't know, the last sword I made was Final Fantasy VII AC: Masamune back in 2010. From then on I had decided to quit sword making indefinitely. Reasons being it simply wasn't doing anything for me anymore. In the following years my activity on Deviant Art would wane and the era of sword making was long forgotten.

That was until on the night of my birthday on the 2nd of December in 2014. I was celebrating my birthday with my family when my mother asked "Do you still make swords son?", I replied that I had not made any swords for years. I curiously ask why and my mother said she was thinking of getting a sword to practice Tai Chi with. You see my mother is old and has been practicing Tai Chi for 10 years and wanted to explore Tai Chi Sword exercises. 

So my mother wanted me to make her a sword and give it to her as a Christmas present. The question was, did I still have it in me to make another sword?. I work as an architectural model maker in London and my workplace is essentially a workshop with all sorts of tools. I started constructing the sword at work in my off time, all the while my workmates were offering helpful advice.

Whereas most of my swords were handmade, this sword was almost completely made using machine tools like table saws, band saws, disk sanders and pillar drills. The blade and grip are made from beech hardwood, most commonly used for furniture making for their strong composition. The guard and pommel are made from american walnut, also a hardwood and my favorite type of wood to work with. It looks like chocolate and smells of chocolate, and a very expensive piece of wood, often used for the manufacture of revolver and pistol handle grips.

With the sword constructed I applied 3 coats of Danish Oil to bring out the wood grain and seal the sword against moisture. The final step was to attach a sword tassel, because all tai chi swords need sword tassels. I put the sword in a decorative sword carrying case and eagerly awaiting the arrival of Christmas.

The look of my mothers face when she opened the gift on Christmas morning was glorious. She was so happy when she saw the sword she immediately started swinging it around madly in the living room. She couldn't wait to show off the sword to her classmates at her tai chi school saying that her son had made it for her. Making the sword was all worth it, because almost all of the photo's you see of myself on Deviant Art with my swords, were taken by my mother. So one could surmise that my success on Deviant Art through sword making was made large in part to my mother, and that the perfect gift would be a sword to call her own.

So what have we learnt ladies and gentleman? that in this day and age you don't get many chances to make a sword for your own mother that she intends to use daily. 
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:iconthe-last-quincy:
the-last-quincy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
I have been waiting for another of your excellent swords for so long, brings a tear to my eye! and thank you for your awesome Senbonzakura I still have it on my shelf in my room!
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Deathtalon Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
Very Nice....as usual your sword making is beautiful
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, that's so sweet! What a beautiful gift.
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chioky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
I just armed my mother with a sword, doesn't happen every day
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah ha ha, well, there's definitely worse people you could give a sword to. At least your mom has incentive to protect you with it!
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Strine424 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Quaint sword with an endearing story. Nicely done.
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
the story is as good as the sword I believe
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:iconcosplay-propman:
Cosplay-propman Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Such a sweet story. A really great reason to make a sword again. Amazing work.
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
This was a good enough reason to once again pick up my sword making tools
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nighthawk81 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY IMPRESSED, my friend ... on several counts.

>> PROVENANCE (aka "back story").  Outstanding.  The desire to make something for my soon-to-be-90-year-old Mama Hawk is a real itch I've had for decades (unfortunately, I just don't have the hands for it).  To see you able to do such a thing for your mother touches a chord deep in what passes for my heart.  Thank you for sharing the story.

>> CHOICE OF MATERIALS.  I agree with your choice of American Walnut (and not simply because I am American).  If the sword had been created here, I might have chosen Maple instead of Beech, but I understand your choice there, as well.  Strong, durable materials.

>> DESIGN.  The contrast between the types of wood used (one reason I mentioned Maple, above, is that it's also a light wood), the faceting of parts of the grip and guard, the purposeful placement of the grain ... your eye is as good as it ever was.

>> CRAFTSMANSHIP.  All of the above would be so much piffle if your hands couldn't pull off the intent of your mind.  I can see that your eye and your hand still function as one unit.

It all comes down to one word.  WOW.  Very well done, my friend.  I am in awe.  THANK YOU for sharing this labor of eye, hand, heart, and mind. 
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chioky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
I very much appreciate all the comments on the sword. I have made many swords in my life time, and have sold many. However this sword is special, it is essentially priceless. This sword in the end is just the sword, but the story behind it is so much more important. No matter what happens to the sword, or my mother, the story behind it's creation will live forever.
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nighthawk81 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
"... this sword is special, it is essentially priceless."

Agreed.  This is one of a kind, an original craft work, imbued with emotion.  I understand now (NOW, after 59 years on this planet) how a sword can be said to be alive, to have its own soul.  The swordmaker puts a piece of his own soul into it.

Thank you again, sir.
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UrbanPhoenix27 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
That's so sweet. :D I am glad your mother enjoyed her gift. 
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chioky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
I can tell everybody my mom uses a sword now
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mimitakashi16 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Your Mother should feel so proud of her amazing Son :) lovely to see your sword work again. well done Chioky :)
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
the strength to make this sword brought me out of retirement and it was a worthy enough reason
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Blaze-Typhoon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Wow, you still got it man
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
Even better, I consider this one of my best work
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Blaze-Typhoon Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
It looks amazing, mine always look so crappy, but work well as practice weapons, I may pick it back up as a hobby again soon.
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Jieikobu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Wow, that is truly amazing. Not just the piece, but the story as well. Thank you for sharing.
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
the sword might get lost or damaged, but the story will never change
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Dimples7890 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Aw, that's really sweet of you to do for your mother. You should be proud of yourself. Also wow! The sword looks amazing!
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chioky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
if your mother wants a sword for christmas, by god you will get her one
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fixinman Featured By Owner Edited Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work. Now where did you learn how to tie that knot? 

Don't forget to send it to the sanctuary.
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
Obviously I bought the Chinese knot online because my knot skills are atrocious compared to my sword making skills 
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:iconfixinman:
fixinman Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You never know with you. You might know someone who could do it. I have to work that way.
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ImportAutumn Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Excellent craftsmanship Chioky :) It's great making art for loved ones isn't it? :)
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
yes especially since the art comes in sword form
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ImportAutumn Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
:)
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JudySparrow Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student General Artist
It would be awesome to see pictures about your Mom making tai chi moves with this sword! :heart:
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
well she is literally a beginner im sure its not going to be crouching tiger hidden dragon 
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JudySparrow Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student General Artist
:DDDD

Well, good luck with the practice for her! :heart:
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Shagami Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student General Artist
That is a sweet story and I am so happy to hear she loved it.
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
I think the story is more important then the sword itself
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Shahrezad Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
That was such a heart warming story dear and it's absolutely wonderful how involved your mom was of your sword making! Amazing sword and craftsmanship, may she enjoy it for many years to come :heart:
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chioky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
I know right? what a way to reward all the efforts my mother put in, by making her own very sword, that sword has essentially become priceless, it could NEVER be sold ever
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Karumichi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I would do anything for my momma, so I get you brother.
Its gorgeous work as always!
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chioky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
can you imagine how hard the hug my mother gave me for giving her the sword? 
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Karumichi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Bone breaking.  WITH LOVE
amirite?
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dragon-dagger Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a beautiful sword, and a beautiful story.
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
The sword is just a sword, but making it for a mother, now thats special
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FoxKids1302 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Mark this as an important event in your life. Be proud that you have done something priceless for your mother...
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
its not just a sword, its a story that will last forever
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sharp4114 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
aweeeeeeee 
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chioky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
soooommmmmmmeeeeeee
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