My Project


Student: Gene Park
Mentor: Jon Mulhern
Domains: Visual Arts
Faculty Grader: Andrew Kirk

Documentation of Product

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Gene Park Senior Project Powerpoint

Exhibition & Presentation Summary

My senior project, Bladesmithing, was something that started out as a simple idea and eventually grew into a much more involved project than what I originally thought. Previously, I thought that creating a blade was as simple as shaping a piece of metal. However, once I started working on my final product, a Japanese katana styled sword, I realized that creating something like that is a multi-step process that implemented many different skills. Starting from the basics, I learned and utilized various metalworking skills to end up creating a single final product, a combat sword and knife set.
The reason I chose this as my project is because I wanted to learn a skill that is rapidly disappearing in the modern world. Blacksmithing also played an important part in history around the world, and can be related to almost every known civilization.

Works Consulted

“Fig.1 Old Painting of Tatara System.” Quenching Process of Japanese Sword. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. <>.

Sorrel, Walter. “Katana How They’re Made.” Walter Sorrel Blades. N.p., n.d. Web. Dec.-Jan. 2013. <>.

“| Forge | Differential Heat Treatment and Quenching | Enlightenment Swords.” | Forge | Differential Heat Treatment and Quenching | Enlightenment Swords. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2014. <>.

“Blacksmith.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 23 Mar. 2014. Web. 23 Mar. 2014.

“Bladesmith.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 15 Mar. 2014. Web. 24 Mar. 2014.

“Sword Dimensions – Shinken.” Shinken Katana Japanese Sword Measurements. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. <>.

H. Kanamori, E. Nakamura, S. Koyama and T. Inoue,J. Japan Soc. Heat Treatment,36, 12 Jan. 2014.

Committee on Restoration Project of Tatara Steelmaking System, Restoration of Tatara Steelmaking Process and the Blister Steel (in Japanese), ISIJ-Special Report No. 9 (1970).

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