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Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:37 pm
Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:05 pm
When he heard his name being called, the old dog poked his head out the door of the wetu that he was in and glanced around until he spotted the body that matched the voice. As usual, due to the rarity of happening, he was somewhat surprised that someone was actually looking for him. Most of the time, Honrin, Jace, or any one of the other denizens of the camp were the usual recipients of any company that happened to wander into the compound for whatever reason.
The rest of his body followed his head out the door and into the compound, Yes, Pushok, I am here today, The elder answered the query that had lured him out of the building. It was obvious to Temo that his young visitor had something on his mind and was totally excited about it. What he could not tell was what it was that had Pushok excited nor could he see how it would involve him.
Whenever someone did come around looking for him, it would make the black dog happy to know that he was needed at least once in a while. Temo smiled as he asked the young man, What brings you here today?
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:35 am
Sun May 19, 2019 9:10 pm
The exuberance of youth reminded the aging wolf dog of his own youth that had been lost so long ago in the dim ages of history. He could not remember when the youthfulness had left his body and the minor aches and pains of the aging process had slowly crept into his joints to take up permanent housekeeping.
One thing that Temo knew about swords were that they were made of metal and he was more of a woodwright and not so much a blacksmith. Although he had picked up a few odds and ends of knowledge throughout the years, he did not pick up enough metal smithing to pound out a sword on an anvil and expect it to be good or even usable. But he did know some maintenance and repair of the bladed weapons.
No, you do not need to go get a bird or anything, Temo waited for Pushok to calm down. Maybe you should start from the beginning, dark furred elder suggested, then we can go over the measurements and go from there to see what we can do. He considered the possibility of going to the armory to see exactly what the young man was talking about.
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:38 pm
Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:01 pm
The elder could tell that the ongoing lesson was beginning to sink in as Pushok worked at containing his energy and explained his wants in a more calm and detailed manner. Even though Temo had gotten the gist of what the young man was after the first time around, not everyone would have had been around as Pushok grew up and be able to understand him while he was deep in his excited state and at every opportunity Temo would subtly teach his student when it was needed to contain that excitement to be better understood.
As the young future swordsman gave a calm and more detailed description of what he was thinking, Using his knowledge and experience of swords, Temo's mind began building the mental images of the finished product and then exploding it out into the pieces that will make it up then to the processes that will go into the creation of each piece. The elder studied Pushok for a few moments as he calculated the sizes and lengths as well as pondered what he had in his inventory that would work for this project.
The teacher's eyes focused onto Pushok, I would very much like your help with this project, Temo said as a veiled statement that actually meant that he would be teaching the young man some wood carving skills. First of all, will be what wood to use. You cannot just use any wood as some are softer than others and it is important to select the right type for the application, he did not waste time getting started with the lessons. After a pause to let the information sink in, he continued, You do know this will be a practice sword? being made of wood, it won't hold up in battle against a steel sword.
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:21 am
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:32 pm
The gears ground and the smoke rolled as Temo's brain went into overdrive processing the information of what materials that would be best for such an item as well as going over lists of supplies and the processes for the project as well as tools that would be needed for shaping the wood into a sword.
After a few moments of contemplation on stresses and usage, the woodwright decided on a useful hardwood that was strong and used extensively in the manufacture of furniture. I think oak will be a good choice for your project, he said and then followed up with why he had decided on it. It is a hard and strong wood and has been used a lot in furniture as well as for my staffs.
The black wolf dog took a few steps over to a hide tarp that he picked up one side and thew it over itself to reveal a pile of lumber. Temo dug through the pile and came up with a piece of wood, Hmmmm, maybe. he mumbled in thought as he studied the stick and then the pile of wood before a No escaped his lips and he went back to the pile and dug around some more. Yes, this should do. he said as he pulled out a rough hewn board that was about the right size. The aged elder winced as his back twinged when he straightened up. Temo turned to Pushok, Here we go he said and showed his student, and it is already started so won't take as much time.
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:35 am
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:45 am
The old woodworker had been around for a long time and could read the emotions that hid behind the eyes. He could see the confusion and questions brewing behind Pushok's eyes about the piece of wood that barely had any resemblance to a sword. That, Son, is the next step that we will be going over. Temo answered both the asked and unasked questions as he ushered the young man with his future wooden sword over to his workbench where there were several woodworking tools laid upon it waiting for the return of the woodwright to return.
As they approached the bench and with the practiced ease of having taught many, Temo dropped into his teaching mode and proceeded to begin the lessons with the safety instructions of the tools. Pushok, he began using his teaching voice that contained the tonal qualities that pulled one's attention to him, These tools are sharp, like knives, and will cut you just as easily. To illustrate his point, the elder picked up one of the chisels and pointed to a number of scars with it. The marks in his skin that he had given himself years ago when he was figuring out how to use them matched the sharp bit of the tool almost perfectly.