In history, when the swordsmith provided you with a commissioned sword, he also provided a wooden version of the same sword for practice. This sword was called a waster. It was the weight and balance of its metal counterpart and saved wear and tear on your valuable metal sword. I trained with a swordsmith waster maker for 4 years, have a passion for swords and history, and love sculpting and art. All of which combined allowed me to become an excellent craftsman of hickory practice swords.