Monthly Archives: May 2020

May the 4th be with you!

Happy Star Wars Day! And may the Force be with you. (as a graduate of a catholic high school I always have to stop myself from automatically replying “and also with you” whenever I hear that).

Like the vast majority of us, my life has recently been somewhat subdued by the covid-19 pandemic and its resultant social restrictions. And while I feel thankful to say the personal impact has been limited, I have nonetheless been looking for ways to spend some of my newly freed-up time and energy.

So what does one do when faced with the existential crisis of a killer coronavirus? Naturally, one builds oneself a lightsaber hilt out of spare plumbing parts.

Well, that’s what I did anyway.

And when I say “spare” plumbing parts, I mean I may have bought them specifically.

Still, I’m rather pleased with the result.

Needless to say it took a lot of sawing, sanding, spray painting and gluing and it didn’t come out quite as impressive as its inspiration (see YouTube link) but I’m satisfied the Force is with this one as a first attempt. In fact I already have plans for a second, PVC-based design for costuming and so on.

So if you too feel the mystical pull of the Force (midi-chlorians?!?) in your veins, then checkout the tutorial below, or one of many like it, and this Star Wars day, build yourself a lightsaber worthy of Luke (or Leia, Anakin, Ahsoka, Rey…)

That’s all folks! Stay well, and as always: thanks for playing!