E A R L I E R - W O R K S
Castor and Pollux

A piece of matai, a yellow close-grained native timber was used to carve two blades of equal length. I was inspired by the wood's natural beauty and called the two swords Castor and Pollux.

Castor together with his twin brother Pollux were Greek heroes born to Leda wife of the King of Sparta. Leda, however, had been seduced by the god Zeus (Zeus was in the guise of a swan at the time). Consequently Pollux was the son of Zeus and immortal whereas Castor was not. Despite this difference between them the brothers seemed inseparable as their exploits reveal. Both took part in the Calydonian boar hunt and were involved in the rescue of their sister Helen (of Troy). Both joined the quest for the Golden Fleece sailing with Jason and the Argonauts.

Finally, both fell for two sisters, Pheobe and Talaira and while trying to abduct them Castor was killed by Idas, one of the irate prospective husbands. Pollux was devastated by his brother's death so Zeus allowed the brothers to share immortality. They were elevated to the heavens and can now be seen as the two brightest stars in the constellation of Gemini (the Twins).

Specifications:

Castor blade type; double edge, flattened diamond
Pollux blade type; double edge, flattened hexagon
Both blade length; 57cm., 22 inches
overall length; 79cm., 31 inches

Woods used:

Both blade; matai
Castor cross-guard; rimu (sapwood)
pommel; jarrah
Pollux cross-guard; red beech
pommel; rimu (heartwood)