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 Post subject: Nishigaki Kanshiro II tsuba utsushi
 Post Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:41 pm 
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This has been finished for a little while now but I'd not got round to taking some decent pictures until this morning. I'm still not satisfied that the full depth of colour and tonal variation has been captured but for now these will have to do.

The patina is built up using 4 different process ( 2 of which are my own secrets ) but the second step is a straight forward iro-age (rokusho) patina.

You may be able to discern the crystalline structure around the top of the nakago-ana in the close up. This, larger form, is called kesho in Japanese.
Part of the total variation of the patina is helped by the finer crystal of the surface of the metal. This is what I've been after and why I've been going to all that trouble forging out water cast ingots.

The kara-kusa pattern is inlaid fine gold wire and started out as 0.2mm in diameter...and no, I am not going to explain how I managed to inlay such thin wire and still have it end up in relief. It's magic. 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: Nishigaki Kanshiro II tsuba utsushi
 Post Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:04 pm 
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Very very good Ford, splendid. When I see this and read your explanation, I cannot even probe my ignorance depth...


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 Post subject: Re: Nishigaki Kanshiro II tsuba utsushi
 Post Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:33 pm 
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your work always impress me ford i wonder how much time it takes to make a piec like this...


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 Post subject: Re: Nishigaki Kanshiro II tsuba utsushi
 Post Posted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:18 am 
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Hi Jean, thank you for your kind words. It's funny, as I continue to explore this medium and develop techniques, some of which are not seen in older work, I do worry that I might be getting too esoteric and end up making stuff only I understand ;) :ugeek:

Hi É.Hamel

Thanks, glad you like my goodies. It's hard to put an exact time on how long something like this takes really. On the one hand the usual answer of 30 years seems a bit off-hand but it's sort of true ;) While it may take me a couple days to water cast and forge out a basic plate (one without flaws) it may take someone else who's following my instructions a week to achieve that same thing. What I'm saying is that because of my learned ability and skill it takes me less than someone who is less able. This may make it appear what I do therefore takes less effort. To answer you question in a meaningful way you would have to sit with me through each step of the process. To give you an idea to inlay a single spiral of gold takes 15 minutes of very careful and focussed concentration.

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Ford


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 Post subject: Re: Nishigaki Kanshiro II tsuba utsushi
 Post Posted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:08 pm 
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Mr Hallam you're far too humble,
Etienne, this man is a magician he makes wonderful things appear from lowly lumps of metal. I think we all would love to have him tell us every thing that he does step by step but then he'd have no time for his true work. Check out the two videos for just a taste.
Love this little tsuba btw
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Utsushi - the search for Katsuhira's tiger


You'll find part one here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGMj7o6AwnM

and part 2 here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM0VnL30rDc

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 Post subject: Re: Nishigaki Kanshiro II tsuba utsushi
 Post Posted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 12:16 pm 
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Thanks Thomas, you're very kind :) ...it's hard to be humble....(breaks into song) ;) although my wife and sons help :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Nishigaki Kanshiro II tsuba utsushi
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Ford, the answer format I have heard that works for me is something to the effect of,

"Twenty years and three weeks."

Where the twenty years is for the time it took to bring your skill set to its current level
and the three weeks is the actual time on the specific piece in question.

...its a nice answer that covers all the bases and (sometimes) opens the inquirer to a new paradigm...

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