Some views of the building in its tidiest state ever as the island kajiba series of photo essays comes to a concluson, documenting the preparation, construction, and set up of a simple swordsmith style kajiba (鍛冶場, forge building) from the ground up. The main inspiration for aesthetic, form, and technique is the humble utilitarian Japanese inaka naya (納屋) style of a century ago.
Tools & Scrap Metal
The kajiba project came to a close much earlier than expected which required most of the tools and materials to be removed from the property on short notice. Several blacksmiths and friends providentially converged around the same time and helped make short work of cleaning up the space and providing new homes for most of the tools and materials.
Views of the Building
Circumstances required tools and materials to be moved in during the early construction stages, before the floor and the walls were in, so the building has never before been seen empty. Some various angles of the building after all of the tools, materials, anvil and forge, fuigo and fuigo wall were taken away. Only the large 506lb John Brooks Anvil remains, fittingly, as it was installed before the building was constructed.
Brick & Stone Floor
The floor was laid with reclaimed clay bricks from the backlot of the Bethlehem Walk set, along with some river stones. The bricks will be relocated to the museum forge and the stones are going to a good home.
Special thanks also to James, Luke, Tim, Steve, and Josh for generously helping with the clean up process, and providing good homes for tools and materials, along with several other smiths. Thanks to the many who offered encouragement, support, and help along the way.
see the whole process of construction in the island kajiba series