Bibliography on Walter Sorrells
Walter Sorrells is a martial artist who studied karate at the same time learning iaido – the art of drawing a sword. Since he was fond of practicing iaido, he was then influenced in the art of shinkendo and later on crafting swords. At that time wherein he was crafting his very own swords, he was also mastering iaido so his skill in drawing the sword and making the sword developed and matured simultaneously.
While he was busy learning how to use a sword and create it, the said activities provoked him to write a novel about a blacksmith taking his own experience into account for the sole purpose of making it original and unique. Unfortunately, that particular book didn’t become famous (unlike his other writings) but his skills in crafting swords developed and went to a whole new different level and began to find it nifty and fun.
As he was growing up, he became fond of painting, drawing, and woodworking – anything that he can use and create with his hands. And while he was learning and mastering martial arts, crafting and making sword was just added to one of his many hobbies. This doesn’t imply that he is a novice when it comes to creating wonderful crafts using both of his hands.
Aside from being a martial artist, blacksmith and many more, he was also a prolific writer before being mesmerized with sword-making. He was influenced to write novels by being fond and enthralled of the history, crime, weapons, and myths or story-telling. He considers that all of his past experiences and his likes are somehow connected with each other with the way his life is running and turning out to be.
Since he is involved in sword-making, he never engaged in such an activity without being equipped with the right ammunition for the job. He tried to read, comprehend, and absorb as many information he could get his hands on. Not only that he limited his resources to reading books but he also participated on different workshops, attended conferences, and listened to forums.
But the most important thing that he made sure he’ll always do – practice forging the swords until he reaches or achieves that feeling of ‘ecstaticness’ whenever he looks at the blades that he just finished forging. He also stressed the fact that for a person to learn, he needs to experience failure over and over again. This is the only way that an individual would improve his game. His toughest challenge right now is knowing how to incorporate all of the changes he made in the past to make the perfect sword because as of the moment, every time he forges a sword, it always comes up being better that the previous but having the a new setback to improve on.
Walter Sorrells was influenced by a lot of philosophies he learned during his practice of martial arts and sword making. To be a good smith, one should consider a lot of aspects in making one. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that the smith should be into iaido or any martial arts that involves the utilization of swords. He believes that there is no requirement to become a blacksmith. As long as you have the hands and the tools then you are good to go. The success of a blacksmith lies on the functionality of his crafts. Once it serves its purpose then it is said to be a quality blade.