After two year of disrupted class schedules due to the global pandemic, we are happy to announce that the Dragonfly Mountain Japanese Sword Forging School will once again be scheduling forging classes for 2022.
For now, we have planned three sessions of our most popular class, the Basic Japanese Sword Forging Course for 2022. Depending on the amount of interest, we remain open to scheduling a few more classes later in the year (August-September).
We also have rescheduled a session of our Oroshigane (Steel-making) Seminar and an Intermediate Forging Course, but these classes are already full with students whose class was canceled in 2020.
The upcoming class schedule is as follows:
March 19-20, 2022 – Oroshigane (Steel-making) Seminar
March 21-25, 2022 – Intermediate Tanto Forging Course
May 23-27, 2022 – Basic Japanese Sword Forging Course
June 20-24, 2022 – Basic Japanese Sword Forging Course
July 18-22, 2022 – Basic Japanese Sword Forging Course
If you would like to attend a different class than we are currently offering, please let us know so we can consider adding it to the schedule.
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.
Viewers in the USA can watch our episode of Built by Hand, Episode 4: Secrets of the Samurai Sword, online at the Science Channel website.
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!
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:
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 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.
Dragonfly Forge is proud to announce that it’s very own Gabriel Bell will be competing in the upcoming season finale of History Channel’s hit show Forged in Fire. Forged in Fire Season 3 Episode 16 will air on Tuesday, February 14th 7pm EST on History Channel.
The episode titled “Redemption” will be Gabriel’s second appearance on the show and he is excited to meet the challenges head on with three other great bladesmiths.
We invite our dear clients, friends and family to tune in and join us as we cheer him on. If you are in the Portland, Oregon area, Gabriel is hosting a live episode viewing party that night (Februrary 14th) at Shut Up And Eat restaurant on SE Gladstone. Food and Drinks are available. And yes, kids are welcome! To attend the viewing party in Portland. Best of luck Gabe!