Tomboyama Nihonto Tanren Dojo Classes for 2008

Since we began teaching formal swordsmithing courses at Dragonfly Forge, we have been very lucky to teach friendly and talented students, many of which have been able to return for more instruction at the Tomboyama Nihonto Tanren Dojo. This year’s students have been as enjoyable and talented as ever, and with this years completion of our new dojo, teaching the curriculum has been a pleasure.

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Swordsmithing School UPDATE, New Photo Galleries

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Sword making classes, UPDATE

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding The Dojo and our Courses

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Website Difficulties

If you had any trouble accessing our website over the past weekend, we would like to apologize. The website had a few troubles recently, but they should be resolved now

We can also always be reached by phone at (541) 396-3605.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Thank you all who vistited!

We would like to thank everyone who visited our table this past weekend at the Oregon Knife Collectors Association Show in Eugene Oregon.

We would also like to thank everyone who attended our open house and grand opening at our new shop. Thanks to all of you it was a great success.

Swordsmithing – an ancient art

From The World Newspaper, Coos Bay, Oregon

By Jo Rafferty

Michael Bell started up the electric motor on a gigantic press he uses to shape the blades of Japanese swords.

“Bam! Bam!” The dies clanked together on the approximately 3-foot-long flat piece of steel, turned red from the heat of the forge fire.

“It’s 1,500 degrees, but it will go all the way up past 2,000 as it warms up,” Bell, 61, said loudly over the hissing of the forge, which sounded like a heavy wind storm.

The warmth of the fire quickly spread throughout the cold workshop.

The press is one way of shaping the hot metal. The other is by hand, using a hammer on an anvil.

Read the rest of the article online at The World Link.

Oregon Knife Collectors Association (OKCA) Show, April 11-13

Once again, Dragonfly Forge will be attending the annual OKCA show in Eugene, Oregon. More information on the show can be found here.

Michael Bell will be giving a one hour presentation at 1 PM on Saturday of the show. It is entitled “The Japanese Sword: A Social and Technological History”.

One the Monday and Tuesday to follow the show, April 14-15, we will be hosting an open house here at Dragonfly Forge. Please contact us if you are interested in attending.

“Big Move” Completed

Last week, all of us here at Dragonfly Forge completed the most important step in our move to our new upgraded facility. We moved our 100lb Little Giant Trip Hammer, which weights about 4,000 lbs! The move went according to plan, with no problems. The Little Giant nows sits in its new home, ready to pound hot steel. The new building of the Tomboyama Nihonto Tanren Dojo (Dragonfly Mountain Sword Forging School) is now covered in red cedar siding. A mahogany hardwood floor has also been constructed for what will serve as the metal studio area of the school.

Setting the hammer in place.

Swordsmithing School

Photos of Cable Katana Forged by Student of Swordsmithing School

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