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How to Make Rapper Swords

This page contains brief details about the video recording; the video (embedded in the page); an abstract for the talk; links to additional resources;  speaker biography and a summary.

Video recording of talk

Recording of a Morris Federation talk on “How to Make Rapper Swords” by Frank Lee held on Zoom on 12 December 2020. The #MorrisFedvideo lasts for 58 minutes.



For anyone curious about how rapper swords are made … Frank Lee reveals all from his workshop in Brampton, Cumbria.

Frank will explain the processes involved in making rapper swords, the way he has made them since 1977, and demonstrate them using video clips.  The processes will start from raw materials and work through to a finished product.  Frank will explain how the processes have evolved, and mention alternative methods as he goes.

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Speaker biography

Frank Lee was brought-up in the North-East, where his forbears all worked in the shipbuilding and coal industries as blacksmiths and engineers.  His teaching job took him just over the county boundary into Cumbria, but he learned his rapper dancing with Newcastle Morris Men in the Cumberland Arms, Byker, and his work as a swordsmith began after volunteering to repair their swords.  After finding a small supply of spring steel, he then made a complete set of rappers from scratch for his own team in Carlisle.  As that team travelled to festivals, interest grew in the rapper dance, and then in obtaining rappers, so Frank set about increasing production, and has since made over 2,500 rappers.  He has sent them to teams all over the world, quite a substantial amount to the USA, and more recently to China, Taiwan and Japan.  He has also made many sets of longswords.

Frank is a member of Carlisle Sword and ClogHexham MorrisFeet First Appalachian Cloggers, and Flag and Bone Gang.

See his web site:


  • Title: How to Make Rapper Swords
  • Speaker: Frank Lee
  • Facilitator: Pauline Woods-Wilson
  • Type: talk
  • Date of talk: 12 December 2020
  • Date page published: 25 April 2023

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