The assorted ramblings, photo essays and work of a British born , classically trained, Japanese Metalwork artist living in Torquay, England.
I am hungry of your posts. Everyday i check your blog more than 10 times to find out new comments and new posts. As usual your tsuba are wonderful, you have very good balance sense, and your themes gives me a peaceful sensation. I wonder how your tsuba could look like in a complete koshirae. What kind of fuchi/kashira you would use with your tsuba? Maybe something in iron, higo stile. I'd like to make a sukashi tsuba, have you ever done one?
Hi Lorenzo,good to hear you're still here. Thanks for the compliments too.I've made over 40 tsuba by now, many sukashi. I'm going to have quite a few illustrated on a friends site in a while, I'll let you know where they can be seen when they are up.As for full koshirae, I've done acouple in the past and have a very special project in mind for the future. As always, you'll see it here first.
Ford,Really inspirational. That carved background is just beautiful. I'm a big fan of the idea of creating a natural texture. Not necesarily as part of any one component but rather as an environment to draw the individual aspects of a piece together. Everytime I see one of your pieces I realize how much I need to start putting in some serious hours at the bench.Dustin
This is an very inimate piece and done with great sensitivity. I still am hoping to someday show you images of the Koro lid with inlayed carved flowers in pierced shakudo background. It was made at the Hattori shop in Kyoto. Wish I knew more about the shop. I have been fortunate to acquire a few examples of their work and am always ammazed at their high standards of quality and workmanship. The koro lid is missing two of the carved silver flowers and I have not gathered the nerve or even the knowledge to reproduce and restore the missing flowers. Your work and skill are inspiring.Fred
Thanks Gentlemen ( hmm...where are all the Ladies?)for the kind words. It's reassuring to learn that my "quiet aesthetic" is appreciated in our rather noisy world.
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