A collaborative instructional blade forging session with a Vancouver Island Blacksmith from Foggy Mountain Forge
Justin of Foggy Mountain Forge stopped by the workshop on his way through town for a coal run and decided to partake in an impromptu bladesmithing workshop. Wanting to connect and welcome us to the island, he was interested in brushing up on his bladesmithing skills and applying some of the Japanese style techniques to his own work.
We had a great one on one session, forging parallel blades and working through the forging, profiling, and quenching processes in an afternoon crash course. Using lots of human power, Justin created a blade from a huge marine diesel engine valve stem and I used a piece of cultivator left over from Saturday’s demo at the French Creek School 100th event.
A great person and a talented smith, he came with gifts of some huge pieces of wrought iron salvaged from an old docking site near Jordan River and left with his own hand forged and clay tempered blade to finish at home.