Photo Essay: Views of the Kajiba

Talented Vancouver Island photographer Jordan Wende stopped in at the Island Forge in mid-July to document the atmosphere and some of the work going on. In this installment of the series, several views of the forge, tools, and building.

Photographed and edited by Jordan Wende


Interior Views

Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Tezuchi hand hammer on the anvil and mukozuchi strikers hammer at the ready.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Sparks bursting out through a handful of fresh charcoal on the forge fire.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Sudare shade hanging across the entrance of the timber frame structure.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Bamboo water scoop and tebouki broom resting across the water bucket next to the anvil.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
A view under the lid of the fuigo box bellows.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Kata (templates) hanging below the project rack and above the tong rack.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
View from the anvil out the doors and across to the shiageba.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Charcoal screens hanging in the corner near the workbench.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Light from the window spills across kata and tools hanging against tsuchikabe earthen walls.

Exterior Views

Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Wide lens provides a whimsical perspective of the kajiba on the final forging day.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Sorting and cleaning has already begun and spills over into the yard temporarily.

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