Typically, the traditional Japanese bokken is made of white oak. However, I had a piece of osage that had been given to me as a bowstave that was way too damaged to make a bow (it had originally been a fence post). It sat around my workbench for two years until I realized the curve that it had to it was perfect for a bokken. Osage, even the straightest pieces usually has weird knots, dips, humps, and all sorts of character. This bokken is heavy, unbalanced, gnarly, twisted, and absolutely beautiful. I love it!
Tools used: H&B Forge Shipbuilder's Axe, drawknife, farrier's rasp, file, 150 grit garnet paper, Minwax Satin Polyurethane.