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October 2017, I spent a week at Dragonfly Forge [dragonfly] in Coquille, OR, taking the introductory sword-making course. It was an excellent and educational experience, and I ended up with a pretty nice wakizashi (Japanese short sword) that I made!

The 5 day course runs from assembling a bar of wire rope damascus, to forging and then grinding and shaping the resulting blade. It’s a lot of material, presented as a mix of demonstration, hands on, and “hands on with help standing by” – a very effective way to learn. If you’re at all interested in the topic, I heartily recommend the class!