I have been studying aikido for about a year now. In the dojo we sometimes do bokken practice. I am not really comfortable with the bokken and this has at times been a point of anxiety for me so it seemed time I should practice some at home. I could have bought a bokken but I felt that crafting my own would give me a deeper sense of awareness and care about my practice. It is hand-carved from the branch of a cherry tree that had been uprooted in a storm and washed into the ocean. I had been holding onto this piece of wood for several years, waiting to find its purpose.