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Old 08-27-2002, 12:57 AM   #1
Dojo: Aikido of Tucson
Location: Arizona
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 32
Grr! Swordsmithing/Blacksmith

So I'm looking for a job, and tryin' to find an apprenticeship under a swordsmith or a blacksmith, but today it seems that EVERYTHING is done by machines....isn't there anyone who is willing to teach and pass on this AGE OLD tradition?
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Old 08-27-2002, 01:29 AM   #2
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Dojo: Seiwa Dojo and Southside Dojo
Location: Battle Creek & Kalamazoo, MI
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 1,677
I have two friends who are sword/knife/armor smiths. I believe that they are self taught. I know that doesn't sound good but their work is of incredible quality. If you'd like to pm me your address I can pass it along to them with a note. I can't promise they'll respond but they might. They are usually pretty open to questions from sincere beginners.


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Old 08-27-2002, 06:41 AM   #3
Dojo: Aikido of Cincinnati/Huron Valley Aikikai
Location: Somerset Michigan
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 794
Having been a horseperson for many years of my life, I know that blacksmiths still forge their own shoes for horses, although the base shoe comes ready made (they need to fit it to the horse). Have you tried these folks?
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Old 08-27-2002, 08:03 AM   #4
Dojo: Great Wave Aikido
Location: Alberta, Canada
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 543
I had some farrier friends who moved from Ireland (County Court). Nice people, and played the most interesting game of horseshoes I've ever seen - they started with a race making the shoes 1st.

I love blacksmithing; I've never had the opportunity to do it; but I go to Black Creek all the time to watch - the smells, the sound, the idea - using fire to make metal into useful shapes; what a skill! Magic, in a way.

That it's a hard, sweaty, dirty job only adds to its appeal to me. Dave, I hope you find what you're looking for.

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Old 08-27-2002, 08:49 AM   #5
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Join Date: Jun 2000
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If you're ever in the Pittsburg (Pennsylvania) area, stop by Aikido Seishinkan and talk to David Goldberg there. He's a swordmaker and I've personally seen some of the work he's done -- very creative and well done (in my not-so-trained eyes).

You might also want to try contacting Bob Elder at East Coast Martial Art Supplies. Although I don't think he's involved in making swords himself, he does have a lot of connections in the iaido/kenjutsu world and might be able to help you out.

Hope that helps!

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