Tsuba with inlay
Posted 15 May 2007 - 12:20 PM
Tsuba looks great, not too much details.
Snowflake´s, moon and clouds. I like the moon.
old masters are masters after all
Thanks for showing.
Posted 15 May 2007 - 09:54 PM
Are the snowflakes chiseled or hot punched? Good find!
Posted 16 May 2007 - 12:40 AM
Posted 17 May 2007 - 01:13 AM
I loved the last inlay work I saw of yours on a hilt...are you getting into some Japanese style stuff??
Posted 18 May 2007 - 01:21 AM
I've always been into the attention to detail and really cool eye for design of Japanese metal work, but I seldom work in a wholly nihonto style - it has nothing to do with the severed tendon I managed to aquire from this naginata a few years ago, really!
But I did recently make a blade that looks a fair amount like a wakizashi, which I'm thinking of finishing out in a traditional wak way, since I got some same and urushi collecting dust as well.
This one is less well done, which is cool 'cause you can see some process evidence (and dragonflies are cool) -
This one is late, Tokyo Art School, the patina trashed, but the waves are nice, deeply carved, and the bird is surreal -
Posted 18 May 2007 - 10:51 AM
Posted 19 May 2007 - 10:51 PM
Looks like some person got to those two tsuba, "cleaning" them. I see that a lot on meiji decorative bronzes that ended up in the West. Argh so frustrating. The bottom one might be a nice re-patination project. Great bird (sparrow?) I'm sure I've seen that in the japanese Mon family crest book.
Posted 20 May 2007 - 09:50 AM
Nice naginata, some age on that one! She's been through some polishes, I'd guess.
Well, I’m glad it looks that way, but it hasn’t even seen one polish! I was copying a late 13th century naginata, and I wanted the hamon low - it came out a little lower than I intended, then I was out of commission for a couple months, and didn’t feel like doing more with the blade than an almost-polish to ‘get back on the horse that threw me’ as it were.
Looks like some person got to those two tsuba, "cleaning" them.
Yep, the lot of tsuba I got is mostly a sorry lot, from a collectable standpoint. Most of them have had significant de-patination or oxidation, but in this case that’s alright – they were affordable, and the over-cleaned ones give a clearer view of tool marks and inlay joints and such.
There are a couple more I'll post once I get around to photographing them.
Posted 20 May 2007 - 11:23 AM
Posted 21 May 2007 - 06:26 AM
The end is chiseled in, there was a fair amount of back and forth between the chiselling and polishing with grit sticks before the curves and the blend into the lines of the groove started to look right.
Posted 17 June 2007 - 10:29 AM
It is pretty rough work, but I like the way the cuts around the relief almost look like wood carving, that's where you usually see that kind of gestural, unfinished chisel work.
The dried fish are just too cool:
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