Resonance: Keizo Myochin Metal Arts Lecture

February 22, 2020

Resonance: Keizo Myochin

The Myochin family is an unbroken line of master armorers and blacksmiths who have produced forged works since the late Heian Period (784-1185 CE) in Japan.  

Ever adapting to the changing needs of society, the Myochin family continues to hone their traditional forging skills while incorporating new materials in their forge. The results of their focused labor are both aesthetically harmonious and functional. Keizo Myochin will discuss the forging process behind the Myochin hibashi, use of Tamahagane (jewel steel) for its hibachi, and the unique acoustical properties of the hibashi, which Sony, Seiko, and composer Isao Tomita have utilized.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is honored to present the work of 53rd generation blacksmith Keizo Myochin.

The lecture will be held 03/02/2020 at 6 pm at MIT, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA, in Room 32-123.

The lecture is also sponsored by MISTI/MIT-Japan.