Island Blacksmith - Spring 2015
News from the Forge
The charcoal bin is full after the last few days' work cooking, chopping, and sorting...now it's hammertime! This issue features a double release, a pair of aikuchi tanto that were forged from the same piece of century-old steel. The common theme was one of texture and form, tying in very traditional aesthetics with subtle variations on blade polish and lacquering techniques that incorporated some very interesting ingredients!
Last month I was invited to contribute to a project documenting the work of one of North America's best-kept secrets in bladesmithing. Louie Mills began creating traditional Japanese swords in the early 1980's. Working with top Japanese swordsmiths to refine his techniques, he became known for the finest traditionally crafted Japanese swords made in North America. This video documents his first project after recovery from a heart attack three years earlier: Louie Mills - Yasutomo (康友) - Forging a Tanto (filmed by Tony Mann).
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