Your own light sabre

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 February, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 February, 2009, 12:00am

Made famous by Star Wars and the Gundam anime series, the light sabre has been brought from the screen into real life by Artroom Limited.

During the Lunar New Year holidays, seven St Francis Xavier's College students received lessons on how to make light sabres on a budget.

Wong Chu-kwong, 27, executive manager of Artroom Limited and a Star Wars fan, says he started making light sabres for fun a year ago.

'I wanted to add some spice to the gatherings with my Star Wars fan club by playing with light sabres,' he said.

'Then I realised that it's also a kind of art that can be enjoyed by anybody.

'Many young people know about light sabres from Star Wars or the Gundam anime series.'

Mr Wong said making a light sabre provided an opportunity for students to experience making things with low-cost materials at hand.

'The blade of the sabre is made of PVC tubes, which can be found in any fish tank,' said Mr Wong.

'The students came up with the idea of using bicycle tyres for the scabbard ... [and the total cost] is less than HK$150 for a lot of fun.'

Leung Chun-wai, a Form Four student, said: 'I'm a fan of the Gundam anime series and have always had a strong interest in light sabres.'

Mr Wong said he had no definite plans for future courses, but he might conduct lessons on how to make them in schools.