Every year for his son’s birthday, my boyfriend Lon Sarver would make a bunch of boffer weapons – padded swords and such, made from pvc pipe, pipe insulation foam, and duct tape. I was once an avid LARPer, and learned a few tricks of the boffer trade, which I in turn taught Lon when I helped him assemble batches for the last several parties.
In 2013, the party theme was Middle Earth, and we created boffers to resemble the weapons of the Orcs and the Elves designed by Weta Workshop. I put special effort into a copy of Sting for the birthday boy. The construction design was a collaboration between me and Lon, and the tape detail work was my work.