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Ever watched someone making a sword in the movies and wanted to try it yourself? Join us in downtown Austin to learn about swords of the Bronze Age, then design and shape one of your own out of wood using a belt sander. Next, you’ll you get your hands dirty making a sand cast of the wooden sword, and watch as we pour an exact copy of it in molten aluminum! You’re also make a leather sheath with a belt loop, so you can wear it proudly around the house or to your next costume party.
Next, you’ll make a battle-worthy cardboard shield displaying your family crest, your favorite Greek myth, or maybe your name in Gallifreyan! When shields are finished, you’ll practice your swordfighting skills using foam short swords in nearby Duncan Park. Later in the week, you’ll learn the amazing history of Chinese rocketry and test your precision building skills by making a powerful air-powered rocket that can fly more than 200 feet! You’ll also have the chance to participate in high temperature chemistry experiments, such as setting your hand on fire and watching us subject several objects to a glowing hot 1000° sword! If that sounds like your kind of sciency fun, then strike while the iron is hot! $275 includes all materials & fees.
Buy tickets for the July 18-22 or July 25-29 camp HERE
Feedback from past participants:
“My son attended the first swordcasting camp; he loved it so much that he and his sister both took it the second time it was offered. It was a fantastic experience both times! They not only made sandcast swords of their design, and cardboard shields; they made rockets and all kinds of science experiments which they loved (Greg is a Middle School teacher with 20 years experience). It was a fun learning experience which I highly recommend. Both kids are talking about “next time” — given that they usually are fairly reluctant to attend summer camps that is a testament to the awesomeness of the camp (I am thinking I may sign myself up for camp next time too!)”
“Our Daughter had a blast! Not only did she get to make a beautiful sword, sheath and shield, she also did fun science experiments. Highly recommended–Greg is awesome!”
Jodi Egerton reviewed Sword Casting Guy
“Amazing experience crafting custom swords with Greg Wenderski the Sword Casting Guy yesterday! This class was chemistry and history and physics and literature and woodworking and tinkering and metalsmithing all rolled up in one incredible workshop. Both of my kids had an absolute blast, and have not stopped talking about it since.”
“Amazing class, kid-friendly and kid-brave! My son loved learning how to use a belt sander, molding a wood sword to cast an aluminum one! This class was awesomely cool! Teachers were patient, kind and positive.”