Building a Traditional Swordsmith Forge
Japanese swordsmithing forges are purpose-built with certain design elements specific to the tasks involved in tanren and hizukuri. The swordsmith forge consists of a fuigo box bellows separated from the forge by a low wall, a firepot consisting of two parallel walls to contain the fire, and a charcoal reservoir where fresh charcoal is stored for use.
This work in progress discusses several of the features that are common to this type of construction and follows the process of crafting a traditional style swordsmith’s forge at a museum on Vancouver Island.
See the process in photos