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Display versus Storage

Discussion in 'The Sesh' started by KeeganS, Jul 31, 2019.

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How do you keep your damas?

  1. Displayed for all to see

  2. Stored away to save space

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  1. KeeganS

    KeeganS DS Legend

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    After amassing so many kendamas, selling the bulk of them, and still having more than your average person who knows nothing about kendama thinks you should have I have come across this thought.
    How many of you display EVERY kendama in your collection? How many simply put most of them/the ones you typically don’t play with anymore into storage (not counting any kendamas that are distinctly put up for display as a shelf piece)?
    Currently I still have all of my kendamas fully displayed either on a rack or a shelf (but do have many kens and tamas that are not paired up in a drawer in my desk) but am now thinking of just putting away the ones I dont reach for anymore into a box where it’s still easily accessible but not taking up shelf space (at this moment anything that is just the JKA kendamas I dont typically play at the moment).

    How do you guys store the bulk of your collection?
     
    Jul 31, 2019
  2. htimSxelA

    htimSxelA Moderator Staff Member

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    My collection is a mix, probably most are stored away, but still have lots out on display.

    I'd guess its about 2/3 stored, 1/3 on display... but I have like 400+ damas. So even with 1/3 on display, thats still about 150 damas (most of which are in the Terra shop on the wall)
     
    Jul 31, 2019
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  3. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    I've got a few damas but space, and earthquakes, have been part of the limitations to displaying them. I use the system below now because I got tired of picking them up all the time and wall space is easier for me than floor space required for shelves or cabinet display.

     
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  4. KeeganS

    KeeganS DS Legend

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    I would prefer using wall racks, currently have a papadama rack and 3 krom racks but the papadama rack only fits kendamas that are not the current ‘next gen’ shapes (Slims, all Sweets, Sol Shapes, Squabs out of what I have in my collection) so have my Ozoras on it, but I also never play them due to my current preferences so would rather store them somewhere and use the rack for other damas that can fit in it (GT-1/1-5/E1, Shifts, REZ, RWB).
    Unfortunately other than DIY-ing stuff (yes I’m aware of the DIY thread post here too ;) lol) the only rack I’ve seen available, at least for larger sized damas are the Krom racks but you only get to put 5 damas on one for $20. When I have time and materials (and help maybe haha) I’ll probably eventually attempt to make a display rack that will for more but until then I’m fine with putting some damas I’m not seshing at the moment away
     
    Jul 31, 2019
  5. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    Have you ever seen Dama Tree products? They are a bit spendy but look nice. The Kendama Noose is scalable and has the added benefit of letting me know about quakes by rattling on the wall.
     
    Aug 1, 2019
  6. htimSxelA

    htimSxelA Moderator Staff Member

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    Huh, I never had to consider earthquakes for kendama storage! Thats wild.

    Some of the displays I have:
    PAW display (its a Kengarden rack, but made by Jake's Dad instead of factory)
    3x walnut cliff johns
    A few damas just sitting on display on my shelves at home
    98 dama wall in the Terra shop
     
    Aug 1, 2019
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  7. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    @htimSxelA the wall at Terra, are those for visitors to play or only display?
     
    Aug 1, 2019
  8. Mr.T

    Mr.T Honed Member

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    I keep very few, like a fresh Purple heart homegrown and a fresh original reed stark. I sesh most my damas and give them away. I can keep em dusty on a shelf or get more people into kendama. Seems lile an easy chlice to me. Destroy all damas and kendama is love sums it up for me.
     
    Aug 1, 2019
  9. KeeganS

    KeeganS DS Legend

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    I have. Love the concept, price point is too steep for me. Just checked and they dont have any Kendama Nooses on their big cartel site but for something that holds only 5 damas I’d prefer, again, the Krom $20 rack to the $50+ ones they have (unless some people want to get me one for my birthday in December *hint hint* lol)

    My buddy Steve Vargas (Analog player) has an interesting rack his parents got him, holds a lot and the design is simple. The only thing keeping me from doing something like this is I have limited wall space since I’m back living with family.
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  10. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    Yeah, I'd be surprised if they ever have Nooses; strictly a DIY thing unless I get really ambitious. :D
     
    Aug 1, 2019
  11. Anthony Priolo

    Anthony Priolo n00b

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    I have shelf pieces,retired and damas I just don't play anymore on one shelving unit, and my main jammers on a custom made wall display. Still have a bunch of random Packaged JKA's and oddballs still packed away, coll2019.jpg jam2019.jpg
     
    Aug 1, 2019
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  12. htimSxelA

    htimSxelA Moderator Staff Member

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    They're all free to play! We keep the wall stocked with some of the more interesting pieces we have, and its sometimes a struggle to select one to remove from the wall, in order to put something new up. So many good ones on there!
     
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  13. KeeganS

    KeeganS DS Legend

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    Ended up displaying my KUSAs, REZ, RWBs, and GTs on my top shelf display after doing some rearranging today, tried to strategically place the damas I usually grab and jam with near the front for easy access. I build Gundam model kits too so planned to use this display shelf for them too so may/may not need to move things around in the future.

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  14. htimSxelA

    htimSxelA Moderator Staff Member

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  15. KeeganS

    KeeganS DS Legend

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    I bought the last 3 vinyl packs KUSA had like, a year ago haha. Still havent found enough places for all of them yet
     
    Aug 2, 2019
  16. ChrisPChicken

    ChrisPChicken Slayer

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    I would tend to agree with some that the ones we jam on a regular basis and trade in and out a lot go in the display racks , my more prized collections are stored right now to keep in a wood safe environment , hmm htimSxelA ? Would a humidor type of case ruin or be bad for the wood/paints or would it keep the right atmosphere so the would won’t crack over time ? Always wondered ...
     
    Aug 2, 2019
  17. KeeganS

    KeeganS DS Legend

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    When you go to the acoustic guitar section of Guitar Center they’re kept in a temp controlled room, I’d imagine from that perspective that kendamas would also benefit from the same/similar treatment. @htimSxelA ?
     
    Aug 2, 2019
  18. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    A quick search turned up this comment and a bunch of related ones, guitars, flooring, etc.

    Experts suggest that the ideal range of home temperature for wood furniture is 70 to 72 degrees with humidity levels kept within a range between 40 and 60 percent. If exposed to relative humidity in excess of 70%, furniture and finishes can crack when the humidity level drops suddenly and the piece contracts.

    It's humid and pretty warm in the Philippines but we haven't really seen problems with the wood but some of the paints do act differently.
     
    Aug 2, 2019
  19. htimSxelA

    htimSxelA Moderator Staff Member

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    Unless you live somewhere that has extreme swings in temperature and humidity, I think a climate-controlled kendama storage is unnecessary.
    Wood is capable of dealing with slight changes in climate, as long as your starting with high quality, properly dried lumber at least. If you don't start with good quality wood, then you're kinda screwed as far as keeping the dama honed over time goes anyways.

    I'd guess that guitars, etc, have more thought put into them because: they're much higher priced in the first place (if you're worrying about temp control, you probably have guitars worth thousands of $s at least), and they're a more delicate object (extremely high tension through the neck/body), so they're more sensitive to changes.

    I mean, I'm sure a temp controlled environment would help for keeping damas absolutely stable, but it seems kinda overkill to me. Not really sure how a humidor would affect the paints, but if its a stable environment I can't imagine it being bad really
     
    Aug 3, 2019
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  20. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    Hey @htimSxelA just had some ground shaking so I filmed the Kendama Noose in action for you.

     
    Aug 4, 2019
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