Western Canada's Only Traditional Swordsmith Forge
The previous issue unveiled the first photos of the full sized sword forge building project and it will soon be time to fire up the new forge. The current plan is to conduct working demonstrations at the museum forge during the Friday artisan markets that take place through the summer.
This project was quite a challenge in terms of materials and time and is a ground breaking first for Vancouver Island. Natural materials and traditional construction techniques were used to create a working forge that doubles as an engaging historical exhibit even when not in use.
The next goal is to increase charcoal production to fuel the large forge. Stay tuned for more about Japanese charcoal kilns and their surprisingly long historical role in the area.
See the full process in photos and video