Saturday, January 3, 2009
Still Waiting to Fence
A Place to Hang Medals
There was a post on Fencing Net that talked about how people displayed their medals.
I posted these pictures and explanation there.
I thought I would do the same in my journal.
The epee/medal holder is basically a sconce with a piece of wood fashioned to the top to hold an epee.
The wood is maple. Before finishing it, I applied a black paint to the carving and then sanded it off, leaving it just
in the recessed areas. I was going for an "old world" kind of feel.
Okay...it is a bit over the top.....but I enjoy making things and I was an art major.
I don't think I have done anything "arty" sense I made that a year or two ago. I am starting to feel the urge again.
A Phrase I Liked
In my daily readings of the Fencing Net Forum I sometimes read the journal of a Virgina coach. His name is Allen Evans. In one of the sub-categories of the forum, he posted a phrase that I liked in regards to epee. In the context he wrote it, it was not speaking specifically about epee. Though in my mind. it could be a defining term for the weapon.
"One of the things every fencer learns is the concept of "active patience": doing something to keep you ready for an opportunity to seize the advantage. While you wait for a good opportunity to come to you (or a chance to make one for yourself -- also a valuable fencing skill) "
"Active patience"....I like that term.
I was looking forward to fencing again next week. I will be able to help teach a beginner class on Monday, but on Tuesday (and perhaps longer) I must travel on business.