Photo Essay: Forge Visit

Talented Vancouver Island photographer Jordan Wende stopped in at the Island Forge in mid-July to document a visit by Tim of Reforged Ironworks during the time he was helping clean up the forge. In this installment of the series, views of the forge and environs while using the mukozuchi sledge hammers.

Photographed and edited by Jordan Wende


Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Demonstrating a bamboo fire saw technique.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Tim at the charcoal forge.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Manning the handmade fuigo box bellows.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Did I tell you about the tanto that cracked during yaki-ire?
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
On standby, teboki and bamboo water scoop in foreground.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Drawing out a billet with a large mukozuchi sledge made by Shawn of Front Step Forge.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Jikatabi style between heats.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
At the ready with the mukozuchi sledge hammer.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Carefully checking the progress.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Kajiba and shiageba.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Wide view including the charcoal kiln, serving as temporary storage.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Tezuchi hammer made by Tim in collaboration with Shawn of Front Step Forge.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Discussion of classical tanto geometry.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Sorting steel scrap and tools.

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