Sparks will fly during demonstration of Japanese sword blade forging
There will be plenty of sparks, fire and smoke as master Japanese swordsmith Taro Asano and Edmonton blacksmith Shawn Cunningham create a Japanese sword blade using a traditional coal-fired forge, working at temperatures of more than 1,370 degrees Celsius.
This is a preview of what participants will see during a two-day Japanese Sword Forging course NAIT is offering Oct. 15 and Oct. 16 at Souch Campus (7110 Gateway Blvd.). Asano is the only native-born Japanese swordsmith to ever teach students outside of Japan. During the two-day interactive seminar, Asano will cover the use of traditional tools and the production of a traditional Japanese blade.
Front Step Forge
902B 77 Ave. (corner of 9 Street and 77 Avenue)
Friday, Oct. 14, 2016
Taro Asano, master swordsmith
Shawn Cunningham, owner of Front Step Forge and a NAIT blacksmithing instructor
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Oct. 14 media event takes place in a working blacksmith’s shop. Members of the media should be aware that this is live demonstration with forges, steel and tools will result in travelling sparks. Please wear cotton clothing and boots during the demonstration to prevent burns.