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Whaler’s Head Spade

American-made, c.19th century.
Steel with wooden grip, 150cm long with 7cm wide blade.

The head spade was used to cut into the thick spine of a whale once aboard the whaling ship, severing the head for further processing. It shows not only that whaling was a brutal and terrifying process, but also that firing an arrow in a whale-sized animal’s head will do absolutely nothing to kill it.
You know who you are you Elven bitch.

Headcanon of the Day

All of the furniture in Byron’s house is made of metal. There are cushions, of course, but all of the supports are metal.   

It’s not an aesthetic decision. When someone asks why, he simply opens his wallet and hands them an old photograph. It features Roark (who couldn’t have been more than 4 at the time), his newly hatched Cranidos, and piles and piles of broken wooden furniture. Turns out Cranidoses don’t see any difference between the trees they headbutt to train and the wood that makes up a dining room table, for example. The pair got through two whole rooms before the destruction was halted. 

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‘Kavadi’ literally means ‘sacrifice at every step’ in Tamil, and indeed, this proves to be the case if you take a closer look. A semi-circular steel or wooden frame, a ‘kavadi’ is meant to be hoisted by a devotee for the length of the procession. It has bars for support on the shoulders, is decorated with flowers and peacock feathers, and some have spikes that pierce into the body. It can top out at 40 kilogrammes and reach a height of four metres.

Light Bow Tutorial

Hi everyone! Hope you’ve been doing well! Since we got lots of question about how we made the light bow for Zelda and Sheik, I’ve decided to make a tutorial for it since I took some pictures of the different stages.  Unfortunately I don’t have pictures for every step, but I’ll explain how we made the bow as best as I can!

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new poem // fences

fences are evil, they trap me inside
they keep me enslaved from birth till i die.
i’m prisoner in it’s world of black and white
here i am told to be afraid of the night.

the shallow, the scared and the broken stay here
nothing to live for, only to fear.
strangers are dangerous, can’t let them near
the world is my oyster, but why am i still here?

wooden, picket, steel or barbed wire,
all fences lock arms in their evil desire.
keep it inside, through body and mind
you are only to know the world inside the lines.

but fences are good. they shield me inside.
they keep me protected from birth till i die.
keeping me safe from what lies outside,
hiding me from all the ghosts of the night.

ghosts fester, they linger, invading my mind,
my demons will chase me, at least they will try.
my fence is so tall that i can’t see the sky,
but nothing can break through a wall built so high.

i am alone, but i am not lonely.
i’ve got my fence up, i’m my own one and only.
this black and white world will never fall.
i will be safe inside of these walls.

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First picture started this, stumbled upon this, some guy who lit his longsword on fire… Then I remembered seeing some manuscript illumination involving a dussack on fire, did some searching and found even more stuff on fire!

The images are from a manuscript on fireworks, from 1594 by Friedrich Meyer.

What we see is a longsword, steel/wooden dussacks, a lance, a spear, and what I assume is a fighting staff… All cleverly designed to be able to burn while used.

It’d be so cool to have a translation of this and try to recreate these weapons…

Important to add that I definitely don’t think these were used for warfare or serious combat… But show fighting, but I can’t guarantee that since I haven’t read a translation.

#Pollaxed On Fire

The Chalice

Become a chalice and nourish them
Like the sweet rice pudding consumed to
Balance the stomach;
The wooden vessel mutes the steel spoon,
Night, state of matter (without a form);
Look up to the sky, expect none, cede
And then— if you drift, observe, the sky
Shall breathe through you;
A reed, you were and shall be, the origin
Of warmth, a fountain of spring.