BioWare senior visual effect artist Brad Lewis, who works on EA’s MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic, has an interesting side hobby. Lewis makes light sabers, of a quality seldom seen anywhere in the world. His latest is a replica of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s light saber from Star Wars: A New Hope, a project which has taken a year and a half.
Brad’s website documents the process of building Obi-Wan’s weapon from start to finish, taking viewers from the individual component stage right through to the final testing and documentation of the item. Lewis has added a few additional functions to the light saber that aren’t found in standard-issue Jedi equipment, including the “iSaber Bargraph mode” which pulses the beam in time to music (audio playback has also been included, as have sound effects).
Lewis said, “This particular build was very challenging due to the fact that there is very little space to work with on the inside ‘envelope’ of the saber. By that, I mean, I tried not to exceed the boundaries of the dimensions of the original movie prop, and had to hide all the electronic and mechanical aspects inside.”
Now if only he’s start mass producing and selling them.