During our recent get togethers basking in the stories and glow of the Wagner and Janssen families, the children were running, playing, and battling for hours with a new kind of weapon which apparently originated at the NuRVers Gathering in Gonzalez, TX a few weeks ago. Luckily, there were plenty to go around and those without swords used sticks or absconded cookie sheets suped up with duct tape handles to protect themselves from the offenders. A better time could not have been had.
The weapon emulates the ever-popular light saber and seems like the product of the mating of a sword and a billie club. The kids had so much fun with these that Elijah decided that he wanted to make one for his friend, Declan, for his 9th birthday. So we did!
To make your own, you will need:
2′ length of 3/4″ PVC pipe (pre-cut in the plumbing section of Home Depot- about $1.25)
Foam pipe insulation to cover the pipe (plumbing section- about $1.30 for 6′)
Duct tape (silver and another color of your choice)
Wrap the pvc pipe completely in foam insulation leaving a little at each end for wrapping over to ensure no sharp ends (note: I tore off an extra little piece of foam to pad the ends a bit more). Using the colored Duct tape, start by covering one end. Then wrap the insulated pipe down almost the entire length, leaving room at the bottom for the handle. Using the silver Duct tape, cover the opposite end and wrap up for the handle. Tightly wrap (cinch as tightly as possible) electrical tape around where the colored and silver Duct tape meet. Evenly space black stripes down the silver portion (4 or 5). Ensure that they are wrapped VERY tightly. This defines the handle.
PVC is available in 10′ sections. I had them cut it into 2- 3 ft. and 2- 2 ft. pieces and made 2 single sabers and 2 double (a la Darth Maul) as seen above.
The guy at Home Depot looked shocked at what we were making and asked if the kids were wearing protective gear. Huh? So I guess I should post a:
Disclaimer: my kids and their friends have played heavily with these and absolutely love them. In all their time playing, no one has been injured- generally because that is not their intent.