Photo Essay: Final Forging Day

Talented Vancouver Island photographer Jordan Wende stopped in at the Island Forge in mid-July to document the final forging session. In this installment of the series, using the mukozuchi hammer to perform wakashinobe in preparation for forging sunobe.

Photographed and edited by Jordan Wende


Interior Views

Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Heating a reclaimed steel billet in the charcoal forge.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Tim of Reforged Ironworks lends a hand with the mukozuchi sledge.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Working the billet towards the proper dimensions.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
The low striking method is used for careful straightening between upsetting.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Demonstrating the use of the tebouki hand broom to control the work and protect from scale.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Heating the bar, view of tsuchikabe earthen walls in background.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Using water on the anvil to clean the forge scale off of the work.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Tim takes the role of smith for the next project using antique carriage spring.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Lengthening and thickening the bar.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
At the ready between heats.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
A decision is made to separate the bar from the rest of the spring.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
The other end can now be heated and forged down more efficiently.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Wakashinobe draws out the bar in preparation for forming the sunobe.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
The low striking method allows for great accuracy despite the weight of the mukozuchi hammer.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Approaching the final dimensions using a slightly smaller mukozuchi sledge.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Beginning to taper in preparation for sunobe.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Using a tezuchi hand hammer to finish the tapering.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Beginning to form the sunobe.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Discussing tanto geometry as the forge cools after a day’s work.

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