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The Master Swordmakers Of Coquille


The Japanese-style swords turned out by Dragonfly Forge in Coquille are so authentic (and expensive) that the makers turned down the chance to make swords for "The Last Samurai" for free. 

Father Michael Bell and son Gabriel are the dedicated swordsmiths of Dragonfly, using techniques that predate them by centuries. 

And people not only pay handsomely for custom swords, they pay for lessons in how to make their own.  The Bells pay us a visit to talk about their craft.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.