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<<you can steam out a dent in wood.>
Help me out here... I what...simply take my boiling water in the tea pot and place the offending dent against the spout????
Sounds incredible... I definately must look this up further...
<<It just seems too hard to collect one that has a good straight grain.
But don't you want to feel that extra... solidity, the extra "weight" during practice, meaning with contact in whatever relative form...? I understand wanting to preserve ones preferred waepon, but unsure how do achieve both the protective AND the necessary contact practice simultainously?
<<smearing elmer's glue thick and sloppy, all around the the shredded section, and then tightly wrap a narrow strip of worn out bedsheet around it, diagonaly like a barber pole - gluing it in well.
Hummmmmngh.... interesting. Kobudo is definately not my area of experience unfortunately. Given the nature of that repair, how do you I don't slide your hands for example? The glue and barber cloth makes things "great grip" but challenging other things???
Am I being too romantic with my "idealized" kobudo practice?
I might get a few more miles out of it that way, or it becomes escrima sticks.
The rest of the wood items (tonfa, boken, nunchaku) can be repaired same as the bo, but these ONLY touch other wood.
Sai I just run my hand over now and then to make sure there are no nasty snags and file them down if there are.