Russ Rohling wrote:
Being relatively new to Aikido , when training , is contact made with bokken against bokken or jo against jo ?
Yes, at least in my school (ASU). We perform paired katas with the bokken called "kumitachis" (sword techniques), which are like staged sword fights. We also practice open-hand techniques for disarming opponents with a bokken as well.
Similar exercises are performed with the jo staff as well. That is why it is probably a good idea to invest in quality weapons if you plan on sticking with Aikido. They are a large part of training.