Open Call for Smiths

We’ve about accomplished our primary goal of categorizing all of our favorite boffer building tutorials, and we would like to now open the site up more to the global foamsmithing community. If you have  a tutorial, a pic of a great weapon, a killer video of fighting at your larp, or an idea you’d like to share, let us know! We don’t have an agenda, other than we love to build foam weapons.

Andrick’s Shield

Wrapshot has another killer shield up:

Really amazing. And the detail carries through to the back of the shield, which not only doesn’t have karate belts or nylon, but doesn’t look like a boffer weapon at all, but a shield fit for a Duke.

How to make Hilt Guards-Two Basic Guides Posted!

A basic guard can turn a good sword into a masterpiece.  There are two (similar) methods we use to make guards.  You can embellish the basic process to create tsubas, crossguards, or even a basket hilt (with the Stack Method).  Both methods are durable and easy to construct.  The Box Sandwich method is slightly less reliable (less foam contact with the core) and can only be used with 1/2″ fiberglass.

A basic guard made with the stack method

 

New tutorials on Handle Shaping and Bar Stock Counterweighting

We’ve got a string of new tutorials coming down the pipe.  There are some good tutorials on blade construction out there, but not enough for hilts and other details.  We’ve taken it upon our selves to detail multiple ways to construct a hilt.  Pick and choose which methods work for you, and create a personalized weapon!  Expect to see articles on pommels, guards, and grip wrapping soon, but today you can check out our instructions for:

We’ve also re-organized the site.  Our general build pages (example: blue swords) contains a list of components (example: pommel) and different methods (example: wrap pommel) to construct those components.  You can also jump directly to those components through the menu tab at the top.

Expect more tutorials up soon!