Poplar is probably my favorite crafting wood. It’s not dreadfully expensive, easy to find at local hardware stores (mine anyway), comes in numerous grades for general or crafting purposes, and is also light weight enough and soft enough to easily carve or work with hand tools, and also to grind away on a belt sander (unlike oak, which can wear out cheap general purpose belts quickly). Poplar is less brittle than pine, and has a softer texture (might also be my sandpaper) and more pleasant smell as well.
With Halloween and Nekocon coming up in a month, I’ve been working on finishing up my Link’s Awakening costume and props. For those not familiar with Link’s Awakening, the Seashell Sword is a replacement for the regular sword that you start the game with. It’s essentially the equivalent of the Master Sword in most of the other Legend of Zelda games, and also bears a resemblance to them, as shown in this image from the Link’s Awakening concept art:
While I am not crazy about the Dwarven Armor, or the design of the axe or mace from the same collection, the various Dwarven swords are my favorite weapons from The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim. Also, being generally polygonal in their detail work, and overall symmetrical, this seemed like a project that would go well. Continue reading Dwarven Greatsword→