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Eyes of Darkness
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I wanted to post yet another positive review of Smokey Mountain Magic’s craftsmanship. I recently added the Owen Sword Basket into my act. I quickly realized that my oriental swords would not fit the jungle theme. I emailed Dan and asked if he had any ideas. He told me the first weapons that came to mind were large machetes. As with all projects, Dan quickly sent me a three dimensional drawing (how he makes these so rapidly and effortlessly I have no idea)

http://www.danbowen.com/art/swordbasketdanwolfe/sword1.JPG

We also came up with the idea of using a log as a machete holder.

I told Dan that the machetes and holder MUST be in my hands no later than March 1st (this was a tight deadline, less than a month). He beat the deadline by two days. Check out the end results. The attention to detail is unbelievable. These photos really do not do them justice

http://www.danbowen.com/art/swordbasketdanwolfe/sword2.jpg
http://www.danbowen.com/art/swordbasketdanwolfe/sword3.jpg
http://www.danbowen.com/art/swordbasketdanwolfe/sword4.jpg

They also did a really nice job modifying my Owen’s Sword Basket to accommodate these huge machetes (yes I entrusted them with my one and only Owen Magic Supreme item). I cannot recommend Smokey Mountain Magic enough! Solid construction, beautiful custom art and could be the first illusion builder who actually beats deadlines!

P.S. I do have five beautiful oriental swords up for sale. They are real ninja fighting swords. Thom Rubino (Illusions by Your Design) modified the blades, making them safe for use approximately three months ago. I will let them go for $200 for the set of five. Email me at dan@danbowen.com for pics.
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They look lovely! I have a question: Are the swords blades 'antiqued' to look aged or are they beginning to oxidize (slightly rust)?

I ask because I had a rust problem with swords myself. I like very shiny blades. To solve my problem, I ended up cleaning them with navel jelly (from the hardware store), mechanically buffing them with a lambswool buffer for amazing shine, and spraying them with non-yellowing clear coat. Works great. Shiny swords just LOOK scary!
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Nice job on those swords! Smile
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Autumn: The handles, blades and tie rags are all antiqued. Because of the shape of a machete, the weight being toward the tip, we made the blades from aluminum for easier handling onstage. Only the edge is polished so that the knives will still look old (to fit with the theme), but the "sharp" edge will glint when the light catches it.

Dan asked for something that looked like it had been laying in the jungle for a long time. I did the best I could on short notice.

Chris: Thanks!

Dan: Thanks for the glowing review! I'm thrilled that you're pleased with your basket lid, swords and holder.

You forgot to mention my favorite feature, though! The end of the carved wooden beam is a door, allowing you to transport the machetes inside. I thought it was a pretty cool idea.

Again, much obliged! If I can be of service in the future, just let me know.

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Looks like some pretty cool stuff . .
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On 2007-03-08 17:38, AmazingEARL wrote:
You forgot to mention my favorite feature, though! The end of the carved wooden beam is a door, allowing you to transport the machetes inside. I thought it was a pretty cool idea.


Whoops, yes that is a very nice feature. It also has wheels making for an easy preset and strike.
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Very nice theme work. Looks like solid construction. Very impressive on the colors too. Best of luck with the new prop. Please share how it works with the show.
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On 2007-03-08 17:38, AmazingEARL wrote:
Autumn: The handles, blades and tie rags are all antiqued. Because of the shape of a machete, the weight being toward the tip, we made the blades from aluminum for easier handling onstage. Only the edge is polished so that the knives will still look old (to fit with the theme), but the "sharp" edge will glint when the light catches it.

Dan asked for something that looked like it had been laying in the jungle for a long time. I did the best I could on short notice...
Dan Wolfe, aka. "EARL"

I thought they were antiqued, but I wanted to be sure. (Rust can be such a pesky problem with swords. Aluminum will never rust!) I love the fact that they glint on the edge! Very nice touch, Dan Wolfe! Smile I love it when that sword catches the spotlight. The fact that the edge is shiny makes the trick all the more intense. Good job!
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That's impressive. You definitely have a reputation maker there.
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