One Week at Weta Workshop, Part 2

Adam spends the day in master swordsmith Peter Lyon’s shop, making a steel dagger that will be the hero prop for the film. While Adam gets to grinding the blade, we also visit Weta’s props department to cast a few different rubber stunt daggers for the action sequence. Adam then heads to the paint shop to get the hero and stunt props painted to match!

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19 thoughts on “One Week at Weta Workshop, Part 2

  1. i could watch this kind of content all day!

    Awesome stuff guys, hope to see more of these in depth series in the future.

    keep up the great work!

  2. Great Entertainment. Love this kind of videos! More pls 🙂

    Weta and Tested should Team-up and work on some kind of “Tutorials books / Videos” and get them published.

  3. Has anyone else noticed the video and audio are out of sync? Still a great video, I’m just a little bit thrown off.

  4. There are a few moments here where Peter mentions things that, “Won’t show up on camera, but it’s nice to know they’re there” that I think really capture the ethos of what Weta does. One of my first introductions to prop making in film was watching the appendices of the Lord of the Rings extended editions when I was a kid. I remember being absolutely amazed by the details added to props that audiences would never see. Watching Peter work really shows how those details came about, and the pride that the craftspeople at Weta take in their work. Great stuff!

  5. I’m curious how one would go about becoming a master sword smith. Are there still many functioning blacksmithing shops around? Or is all his knowledge on the subject from working in special effects? He also seems like an accomplished machinist. The scope of skills that peter has is amazing.

    I’m lucky enough to work at the museum of pop culture in Seattle (Formerly the EMP) and we have a hero RingWraith sword on display. its amazing to see the things that Peter and the others at Weta have put into those magnificent pieces. If anyone from the tested community is in Seattle and wants to come to the museum just reach out and I can comp your tickets. Seattle has a lot of other amazing things to show for itself, but Its worth coming to this beautiful city just to see this one sword.

  6. I would honestly say he’s got little to no interest in being a proper machinist given the way he likes to work. I mean, the way he performs that long cut by angling up on the grinder was just… Frightening. That’s absolutely not a dig in any way; I am beyond amazed by his ability to do that, I’m just not ever going to try it myself 😉

    It’s pretty difficult to make a living making knives and swords but it’s not quite a dead art. There’s a (really bad) competition show dedicated to the practice called “Forged In Fire” on The History Channel which every once in a great while features someone with some actual skill for at least a few minutes before the ridiculously unscientific and utterly meaningless “testing” theatrics begin. There will always be chefs and hunters in the world who aren’t happy with the mass market offerings and they do grind through their blades quicker than you might think with daily sharpening, but there’s still just not a lot of repeat business throughout the year.

    I find this kid wildly entertaining: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPfPdNPSemw

  7. Alec Steele is amazingly entertaining, and seems like generally a solid dude. I found him when someone (you?) posted on Tested with a link to a build he did that referenced Adam’s ODB with Vsauce.

    As for his “master sword smith” title, I don’t know that there are all that many places where you can really go through a full apprenticeship as a “sword smith” in particular any more, but I suspect it was easier to find when Peter was younger.

    Swords aside, blade smithing is still very much a living art in many countries around the world and will get you most of the way there technique wise. Going from knives to sword has a lot to do with specialised/sized equipment, as heat-treating a forged blade of any length gets tricky.

    But if you start with knives there are many places you can do courses to learn the basics, and places that still make blades from scratch and teach new generations.

    I grew up with a knifesmith neighbour and spent many hours in his workshop watching him forge blades for his knives. He’d made a few swords over the years for museums, but it wasn’t his thing.

  8. always good to see adam (the weatherer ) savage still pick up new techniques. nice that we are always learning.

  9. Will you sometime visit again Sideshow? I really would love to see under hands of painters in sideshow, if Adam or Frank could paint with someone from Sideshow one statue it would be awesome.
    Thank you for your work, you are the best content for me !

  10. I like how there’s what looks to be a warthog from Halo right next to Peters shop, must be a magical place to be in hahaha

  11. I am surprised that Adam did not mention or ask about Mr. Lyon’s circular cut out working table! It allows a lot more reach into the corners.

    Also distracted by the metal samples on the wall in the paint/weathering station!

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