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* This one of a kind piece is a bit of a hybrid, as it holds a sword in vertical Tachi fashion but also has a horizontal holder for a wakisashi or tanto.
I found this piece of cottonwood in a debris pile after a desert flood. It hung around the house for several years until a forging class assignment inspired a use for it.
The sword stand is forged from 20’ of 3/8” steel rod, ½” copper pipe, driftwood and scraps of silverware cloth.
The rod was hand-forged to a taper, scored and bent.
Copper pipe was necked down to form the flowers.
The reeds were then welded to a steel plate and bracket secured to the underside of the driftwood section.
The wood base is 22” long, and the cattails are 36” tall.
* Accepted for display into the Pima Community College Annual juried Student Art Exhibition