IRON402 - Japanese Sword Blade Forging Demonstration
Over the two-day interactive demonstration, Taro Asano will manufacture and show the use of specific Japanese sword making tools. The instructor will talk about straw ash and its use in traditional Japanese sword making, specific clays necessary to produce a Yaki Ire, and the differences between Tamahagane and other Japanese blades. He will also produce finished blade with a clay-tempered hamon edge.
Taro Asano, also known as Fusataro, apprenticed for 6 years in the Mino tradition within the Kanefusa family. His apprenticeship was his first job, and he has been employed as a swordsmith throughout his career. He has established a dedicated traditional shop in his family’s beautiful house where he continues to live and work in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Taro is immensely talented and has been honoured to create some of Japan’s greatest works for clients ranging from Shinto shrines to eccentric millionaires. He is very gregarious, and truly believes that in order for his tradition to continue thriving, it must be shared with the rest of the world. Taro is the only native-born Japanese swordsmith to ever teach students outside of Japan. He has worked tirelessly over the years with Tamahagane Arts of Ontario performing demonstrations, and teaching symposiums and classes. There are plans for Fusataro and NAIT to continue to work together in October of 2016 and in the future.
Check out "Meet Fusataro - A Japanese Swordsmith" on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP4n7d-wvIU
Day 1 – Discussion and demonstration on use of traditional Japanese tools, basics of forge tools and Tamaheshi and Tekozsuke
Day 2 – Discussion and demonstration on Tanren, and production of a traditional Japanese knife
Note: Students should be aware that this live demonstration with forges, steel and tools will result in sparks traveling towards the audience. Please wear cotton clothing and boots during the two-day demonstration to help prevent burns.