13th June 2010: sword work so today i had a crack at making my sword now that i have some wood and a jigsaw. cut handle and handle guard fine and then dad came up with a better way of doing the guard which worked brillently. sanded down the handle and guard then got my friend who has a steadier hand then i do to cut the blade. before he cut the blade another friend offered some thiner wood for the blade which worked brillently. attached the guard to the blade then realised "ah problem with attaching to the handle" luckily my dads not as stupid as the rest of us working on the sword will try his idea tommorow and sand down the blade and if there's time paint it, if not that will have to wait till later in the week.