Interview with Pieces

Michael Bell was recently interviewed by the online magazine Pieces, which seeks to explore the various materials that we use so often in everyday life and their multi-faceted functions.

The current issue focuses on steel, it’s many applications in modern life, and features an interview with Michael. The interview can be read here.

Ron Macy awarded Certificate of Mastery

Michael Bell hands Ron Macy his Certificate of Mastery.
Michael Bell hands Ron Macy his Certificate of Mastery.

On Nov. 14, 2008, we at Dragonfly Forge were proud and honored to award to Ron Macy a Certificate of Mastery for his many accomplishments in the arts of the Japanese sword.

Although Michael Bell has taught many students over the years, Ron is the first to spend the traditional five year minimum apprenticeship.

In addition to his certificate Ron is now entitled to use the character Tombo as well as the art name Kuniyoshi as his signature.

Michael met Ron in the 90’s and admired his fine craftsmanship and artistic sense in flint knapping and other so-called primitive skills.  He joined Michael as an apprentice in 2000 and although family responsibilities sometimes interrupted his studies, he always remained focused and diligent.

Ron is now an independent swordsmith but will always remain a part of the Dragonfly Forge family.

(left to right, top to bottom) Gabriel Bell, Anna Bell, Michael Bell, Ron Macy, Randy Wiley, and Adam Coleman.
(left to right, top to bottom) Gabriel Bell, Anna Bell, Michael Bell, Ron Macy, Randy Wiley, and Adam Coleman.

Announcing New Homepage for Tomboyama Nihonto Tanren Dojo, our swordsmithing school.

Our school of swordsmithing, Tomboyama Nihonto Tanren Dojo, Dragonfly Mountion Japanese Sword Forging School, now has a new website and domain name,

All of the information regarding our swordsmithing school, classes, other teaching events, and anything else related will now be located at the new address.

Subscribers of the this site may find that they are already registered for our new site as well under the same username.  Some people may have to resubscribe for the new website, sorry for the inconvenience.

A schedule for the schools 2009 School Year will be posted online at the new site this month.  Students will be able to pay their deposits to reserve seats in the various sword-making courses at that time.

This website,, while will now serve solely to showcase our own work.

Swordsmithing School Update

Now that the leaves have begun to change color and the cooler weather of Fall begins to descend here on the southern Oregon coast, our swordsmithing school, the Tomboyama Nihonto Tanren Dojo (Dragonfly Mountain Japanese Sword Forging School), will be closing it doors until classes are planned to resume again in April of 2009. The winter weather here can make for difficult traveling conditions, and it is for this reason that we do not schedule classes during the winter months.

Read the rest of the story at the new homepage of our swordsmithing school,Tomboyama Nihonto Tanren Dojo, Dragonfly Mountain Japanese Sword Forging School.

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.

The rest of this story has moved to the new homepage of our swordsmithing school,

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.