Tamahagne Arts Presented First Ever Japanese Sword Smithing Classes
taught by Fusataro
Tamahagane Arts 2013 Courses
2013 saw our first series of classes come together, each class lasting one week. We built a traditional box bellows, used specialty pine charcoal for fuel and actual Japanese sword steel (known as Tamahagane) shipped from Japan as the raw material for students to use in class.
We ran three classes, with a limited number of students in each class at Thak Ironworks; the same smithy in North America that Fusataro visited on his first trip to North America over a decade ago.
Amazingly each student was able to complete their short blades, with successful heat treatment. A tremendous amount of work was required to accomplish that in such a short period and all students surprised us with their tenacity, but now also have a healthy respect for what’s required to make something that approaches Japanese quality sword making.