Too Long; Don't Watch - Not for the faint of heart or short of focus...carefully observing these long and meditative videos for detail whilst chopping charcoal is a good prerequisite for an apprenticeship.
Making softwood bladesmithing and blacksmithing charcoal from reclaimed and scrap wood, using a modified and scaled down Japanese style kiln based on Iwasaki~san's design. Testing/grading, chopping, and sorting by hand. "Sumi-kiri san nen."
Using traditional processes, tools, and techniques to forge and shape classical tanto by hand from reclaimed steel. Charcoal making and blade forging in the manner of classical Japanese swordsmithing. (inspired by the 13th century)
Classical Japanese sword style bladesmithing, fittings, woodworking, and finishing. Traditional tanto construction and nihonto mounting methods using natural and reclaimed materials. (inspired by the 13th century)