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2010 School Year Class Additions

A couple additions have been made to our swordsmithing school, Tomboyama Nihontō Tanren Dōjō, 2010 school year schedule. Please visit the school homepage, www.tomboyama.com, for more information or to reserve a place in a class. Also, let us remind everyone … Continue reading

Website Technical Issues Resolved

After experiencing various technical difficulties last week with both of our websites, dragonflyforge.com and tomboyama.com, we are pleased to have both functioning smoothly again. Those interested in reserving a place in our classes may do so again through our school’s … 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 theworldlink.com…

2010 School Year Begins!

Dragonfly Forge’s swordsmithing school, Tomboyama Nihontō Tanren Dōjō, was happy to welcome the first class of the 2010 school year to the dōjō. The full class was a Basic Forging Course, and all four students successfully forged wakizashi of forge-welded … Continue reading

Michael Bell, Swordsmith of Dragonfly Forge

A brief video interview with Michael Bell, founder of Dragonfly Forge, has been uploaded to YouTube. He speaks regarding becoming a swordsmith, his apprenticeship, developing forged cable swords, and our swordsmithing school, Tomboyama Nihontō Tanren Dōjō. We would like to … Continue reading

“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

Annual OKCA Knife Show, 2010 Swordsmithing School

With the annual Oregon Knife Collectors (OKCA) Show coming less than a month away, Dragonfly Forge is gearing up for it and the upcoming school year at our swordsmithing school, Tomboyama Nihontō Tanren Dōjō (Dragonfly Mountain Japanese Sword Forging School). … Continue reading

Swordsmithing Dōjō 2010 School Year Schedule

This past week, we scheduled the 2010 school year for our swordsmithing school. Like we have done in the past, the school will begin the school year in April after the annual Oregon Knife Collectors Association (OKCA) Show. We have … Continue reading

Photos of Completed Tensho Koshirae

Dragonfly Forge recently completed and delivered a commissioned koshirae for a katana by top Japanese swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshihara. The photos of the project have been uploaded to our site.