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A Cheap Bokken

From time to time we practice with bokken in the dojo. Because we make contact with the bokken, I purchased several inexpensive ones for use in the dojo. They were very light colored, almost like a white oak.

One of my students purchased one of these bokken at the store and refinished it. He stripped off the finish, nicely sanded the surface, and applied a light coat of oil that brought out the natural color of the wood.

The cheap bokken did not look cheap any more. It was beautiful.

Sometimes a student too needs just a little work and polishing to reveal the beauty of their true character.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin