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Articles and Press regarding Dragonfly Forge, Tomboyama Nihonto Tanren Dojo, and other things sword related.

“I have discovered the secret of sword-smithing: hard work.” – A student’s Journal during their time at Dragonfly Mountain.

Marcus Ranum, who attended our Basic Forging Course last October, shared his experience as a student at Tomboyama through a day-by-day journal of the class. Dragonfly Forge trip report – main page His descriptions and photos provide an excellent peek … Continue reading

Dragonfly Forge on Jefferson Public Radio’s ‘Jefferson Exchange’

Our radio segment on the Jefferson Exchange, March 8th, 2016, with Geoffrey Riley is available for listening on the JPR website.

“Coquille swordsmith Michael Bell is known for katanas” – The World

Read the article here at the World’s website.

Michael Bell Japanese Swordsmith and Artisan – Bay Area Blaster

“Hidden on a hillside along the Coquille River, not far from Bandon, world renowned craftsman and Dragonfly Forge founder Michael Bell practices an art more than a thousand years old: Japanese sword making.” Continue reading this article in the Bay … Continue reading

Recommended Reading List

Although we are always quick to acknowledge that there is no replacement for hands-on experience, there is also a great deal of knowledge to be gained from books. Due to popular request, we have complied this list of books we … Continue reading

“Forged Art” by Teri Albert – The World Newspaper

“Michael Bell is both alchemist and artist. Using heat, hammers, and 40 years experience, he is a master swordsmith in the Japanese tradition.” Continue reading this article in The World newspaper by Teri Albert at…

“A Slice of Japan” by Frank Knight – Ethos Magazine

“About 30 minutes outside of Coquille, Oregon, a small wooden marker written in kanji stands at the base of a hill. Another 15 minutes up the rough dirt road nestled amongst the trees of the rugged Oregon coastline sits the … Continue reading

Unveiling Dragonfly Forge’s New Mon

Dragonfly Forge is proud to unveil our new mon, which will serve as a logo for our business and swordsmithing school. Our mon features three dragonflies facing outward, enclosed, like the majority of mon, within a bold circle. Mon are … Continue reading

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156–1868 Exhibit

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is currently featuring an outstanding exhibit: Art of the Samurai Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156–1868. The ambitious loan exhibition will bring together 214 masterpieces, including 34 National Treasures, 64 Important Cultural … Continue reading

So you want to become an apprentice swordsmith…

Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive are in regards to becoming an apprentice swordsmith. This article is meant to help answer many of the questions we are asked about apprenticeships. Michael Bell undertook a traditional five year … Continue reading