Fencing on the playa

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Fencing on the playa

Post by nakedbongman » Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:55 am

Hi All,
I'm a second year burner from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. My first burn was in 2015 and I'm very excited to return. I'm working hard this week at making wooden pendants to give as gifts at burning man. I'm also giving a clinic on knife sharpening.
Since the theme is daVinci's workshop and the Renaissance I would like to know if there are any fencers going to burning man? I have my own equipment, and I'd love to have a few duels on the playa. I fence foil & epee.
I'm calling out all fencers to a duel.

Happy burn,
Joseph

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Re: Fencing on the playa

Post by AntiM » Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:17 am

Welcome.

Fencing sounds amazing, but the BLM has rules about swords. As in, none, as they are considered a weapon.

Here is an older thread, with the BLM rules quoted:

viewtopic.php?t=32583

And now I feel like a spoilspot, but you don't need or want a fine or confiscation.

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Re: Fencing on the playa

Post by Token » Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:26 pm

The key is to wrap the implement in Kevlar, soak with a 50/50 White Gas / Lamp oil mix, light it on fire before the fencing starts.

Then you're good.

Put small sections of flash paper on the suits to mark the contact point.

I'd go see that.

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Re: Fencing on the playa

Post by nakedbongman » Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:01 pm

The key is to wrap the implement in Kevlar, soak with a 50/50 White Gas, light it on fire before the fencing starts.

Fire fencing, that would be awesome! Why didn't I think of that? It could be performance art. It's not a weapon if it's art. I got a project idea for next year. Thank you.

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Re: Fencing on the playa

Post by nakedbongman » Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:04 pm

BLM has rules about swords. As in, they are considered a weapon.

Thank you for the pertinent, but unfortunate info.
I need to speak to BLM. Fencing is an Olympic sport, a foil is not a weapon or a sword.

What if it's practiced inside a camp, not on the Playa in public view?

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Re: Fencing on the playa

Post by Sham » Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:17 pm

nakedbongman wrote:BLM has rules about swords. As in, they are considered a weapon.

Thank you for the pertinent, but unfortunate info.
I need to speak to BLM. Fencing is an Olympic sport, a foil is not a weapon or a sword.

What if it's practiced inside a camp, not on the Playa in public view?
Speak to the BLM and report back on the answers. In the meantime, you may just find a BLM officer confiscating your foil, as the officer might consider it a weapon.

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Re: Fencing on the playa

Post by Ratty » Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:37 pm

Naked bongman welcome to eplaya. Don't try to skirt the rules. You're doing woodwork. Make wooden swords.
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Re: Fencing on the playa

Post by Captain Goddammit » Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:18 pm

Don't let them discourage you. Fencing is awesome, I may do some myself. I'm undecided if I'll go with chain link or pickett. Possibly split-rail.
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Re: Fencing on the playa

Post by EspressoDude » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:01 pm

even more fun: electric fence
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