Photo Essay: Views of the Shiageba

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 shiageba at rest.

Photographed and edited by Jordan Wende


Polishing, Fittings, & Lacquering

Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Togi oke (polishing bucket) after a long polishing session.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Antler kake (sword rack) with base made of antique driftwood from Japan.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Wide angle view of the main floor, shelf, workbench, and polishing stones mid-clean up.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Togi dai and wooden tools for hand polishing with natural waterstones.

Carving Loft

Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Well-worn hammer with scraps of wood and shavings from a current project.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Edo period wakizashi tsuka with samegawa ray skin wrapping used as a study piece.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Various files, kiri, and a saw resting on the floor level saw horse for making saya.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
Wide angle view of the loft with seasoned Magnolia wood blanks, carving benches, and tool shelves.

Exterior Views

Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
View across through open doors of the kajiba, charred Cypress siding.
Island Blacksmith - Crossed Heart Forge
View from the pasture with kajiba in the background.

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