Tomboyama 2012 Class Schedule

Dragonfly Forge’s swordsmithing school, Tomboyama Nihonto Tanren Dojo, is proud to announce it’s schedule of classes for 2012, taught by Michael Bell, swordsmith in the Japanese tradition with over 40 years of experience in the sword arts.

Student’s may reserve a place in the class of their choice online through our school website, with deposit payment via PayPal. The deposit is refundable up to 60 days before the scheduled session. Space in our classes is limited, and reservations are made on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.

We are eagerly awaiting another enjoyable year of sword-making classes.

Annual Oregon Knife Collectors Association (OKCA) Knife Show

Dragonfly Forge will soon be attending the Oregon Knife Collectors Association (OKCA) annual knife show in Eugene, Oregon.

The show, held at the convention center at the Lane County Fairgrounds, will be held April 8-10, 2011. Friday admission is open to club members only, but Saturday and Sunday the show is open to any who enjoy “things that go cut.”

A large variety of lectures and live demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend, including a presentation by Michael Bell, master swordsmith of Dragonfly Forge, scheduled on Sunday of the show at noon. Entitled “Origins: The Evolution of Blade Technology”, the talk will focus on the metallurgical development of blades worldwide, from around 1000 BC to present day.

For more information on the annual show, please visit the OKCA website.

The Making of a Classic Kinko Tsuba – Ford Hallam

Ford Hallam, the very talented and award-winning kinko, is featured in this two part video, an enlightening window into his methods and technique.

The tsuba is the reproduction of a missing piece from the mid-1800’s and is an true masterpiece.

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Tomboyama Swordsmithing School Annouces 2011 School Year!

Michael, Anna, and Gabriel Bell of Dragonfly Forge are happy to announce the swordsmithing school’s schedule of classes for 2011.

We have added two new courses for the 2011 school year: the Intermediate Forging Course and the Tsuka Course.

For more detail on our class please visit our school’s website

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,, for more information or to reserve a place in a class.

Also, let us remind everyone again that we will not be attending this year’s San Francisco Token Kai, due to Gabriel and Maria’s wedding! 🙂

Website Technical Issues Resolved

After experiencing various technical difficulties last week with both of our websites, and, 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 website,, from which will link to PayPal’s secure site for the payment details.

While doing the required repairs, we took the opportunity to upgrade the page templates and hopefully improve the overall look and functionality for the better. Feel free to let us know what you think about the changes!

“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.”

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2010 School Year Begins!

The April 2010 Basic Forging Course, with students and sensei hard at work forging wakizashi to shape.

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 cable! It was a thoroughly enjoyable week of class, and we would like to thank Cameron, Dean, Michael, and Ryan for making the class a delightful experience.

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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 thank Frank Knight for taking the time and effort to produce the video and allowing us to share it.  Thank you Frank!

“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 home of a modest Japanese swordsmith.”

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