Michael and Gabriel Bell, instructors of Dragonfly Mountain Japanese Sword Forging School and father-son swordsmiths were featured a while back on the Science Channel’s TV show “Built by Hand”. The same documentary series earlier aired in the UK and elsewhere under the name “History in the Making”.
Each episode features the re-creation of three items: a tool, a weapon, a machine or an item of historical importance by expert craftsmen. It is a fascinating glimpse into historical crafts and the dedicated people continuing them in the modern world. We are proud to be featured alongside expert craftsmen of so many diverse backgrounds.
We regret to inform that we have had to cancel our attendance on October 2nd at the People’s Food Co-op Farmer’s Market and our October 3rd at the South Waterfront Farmers Market.
Our apologies for the inconvenience. Please find us at one of our other scheduled market appearances.
Dragonfly Forge is excited to announce our recent appearance on the documentary series History in the Making, which recently aired in the United Kingdom on the Quest TV Channel. We are proud to be featured alongside expert craftsmen of so many diverse backgrounds.
Each episode features the recreation of three items: a tool, a weapon, a machine or an item of historical importance by expert craftsmen. It is a fascinating glimpse into historical crafts and the dedicated people continuing them in the modern world.
Viewers in the UK can watch our episode of History in the Making, Episode 4: Katana, Daguerreotype, Electric Guitar, on the Quest TV Channel website. It may also be airing in other parts of Europe, but we are unaware as to the specifics. Hopefully, the series will also air in North America in the near future.
In the meantime, one can watch the show’s trailer on the website of the content creator, Crook Horse Productions. If you watch closely enough, you can spot our sword!
Monday March 25 – Friday, March 29 – Basic Japanese Sword Forging Course
Monday, April 1 – Friday, April 5 – Forging the Working Knife
Monday, May 20 – Sunday, May 26 – Advanced Katana Forging Course
Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21 – Forging the Working Knife
Monday, July 1 – Friday, July 5 – Basic Japanese Sword Forging Course
Monday, August 5 – Friday, August 9 – Kajioshi/Habaki Combo-Course – CANCELED
Monday, August 12 – Friday, August 16 – Koshirae/Shirasaya (Scabbard & Handle) Course
Monday, September 23rd – Friday, September 27th – Forging the Working Knife
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Michael and Gabriel Bell, the father-son swordsmithing duo of Dragonfly Forge were interviewed live on All Business Media FM February 1st, 2018. Catch the archive recording at the link below:
Monday March 26 – Friday, March 30 – Basic Japanese Sword Forging Course
Saturday, March 31 – Sunday, April 1 – Kajioshi Course
Saturday, April 7 – Sunday, April 8: Oregon Knife Collectors Association (OKCA) Knife Show in Eugene, Oregon
Monday, April 16 – Friday, April 22 – Advanced Katana Forging Course
Monday, May 14 – Friday, May 18 – Basic Japanese Sword Forging Course
Saturday, May 20 – Sunday, May 21 – Introduction to Forging Bi-metal Woodworking Tools
Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29 – Basic Japanese Sword Forging Course
Saturday, June 30 – Sunday, July 1 – Habaki Course
Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3 – Kajioshi/Habaki Combo-Course
Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10 – Koshirae/Shirasaya (Scabbard & Handle) Course
Saturday, August 11 – Sunday, August 12 – Tsuka-maki (Handle-wrapping) Course
Monday, September 3 – Friday, September 7 – Forging the Working Knife
Monday, October 1 – Friday, October 5 – Basic Japanese Sword Forging Course
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.
His descriptions and photos provide an excellent peek at the 5-day swordsmithing processes taught at Dragonfly Forge to transform a section of wire rope into a wakizashi, a Japanese-style short sword. He also touches upon the frustrations and triumphs of learning completely new skills. Marcus also shares the secret to swordsmithing: hard work.
Thank you Marcus for documenting your time with us and sharing it.