Project Inspirations

     I first realized that I wanted to make swords when I was only ten years old. I discussed this briefly in my last post, I admit that I first found I wanted to make swords after playing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time when I was seven. At the age of ten, I started doing slight research and at seventeen and eighteen I stepped up my research. I must say that I always wanted to make the Master Sword.

Master Sword, Copyright Nintendo.

Master Sword, Copyright Nintendo.

There are a few hand forged Master Sword replicas, but few are more beautiful than this one:

The Legend of Zelda was by far my first inspiration, but it has only been one of many inspirations. My next inspiration is the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. I love his elves as portrayed in his literary works. I also love the way elven artwork was interpreted in the film series by Peter Jackson, though I dislike his many errors to the story.

2nd Age Elven Sword for the LotR movies

2nd Age Elven Sword for the LotR movies

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     Not only is the artistry of the blade sweeping and beautiful, but there is also much aesthetic value in the armor as well, which has long caught my attention:

3rd Age Elven Armor

3rd Age Elven Armor

I have an acquaintance who is a swordsmith. Much of his work is inspired by Tolkien as well and he is a brilliant smith and artist!  David DelaGardelle has served as a strong inspiration for my designs as well, even if he focuses more towards the Dwarven aesthetic. Check him out at http://cedarloreforge.com/

Here is a most beautiful example of his work:

Fine Artwork by Dave DelaGardelle

Fine Artwork by Dave DelaGardelle

Sword by David DelaGardelle

     My swords from my last post were inspired by elven design, but I won’t be able to fully execute my designs until I have gained much more experience. I intend to begin again as soon as possible.

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