Archive of Past Work

 

This is a fairly complete archive of my work since 2012, when I started to get serious about my study of tosogu and their making. I've arranged each piece in sequential order, to give you a sense of the path I'm treading, as well as illustrating some of the experiments I've made (successful and otherwise).

These are all in private collections around the world, and as such are not for sale. But I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about these past works - just head over to the "Contact" page and shoot me an email.

NOTE: I am in the process of bringing this gallery up to date with photography of my most recent works (as of late 2015).

Akasaka Chrysanthemum Tsuba
Akasaka Chrysanthemum Tsuba

12-02-10 A copy of an Akasaka tsuba, intended as a study in tool control and maintaining consistent line thicknesses throughout the design. Mild steel. This tsuba has seen a few patination attempts. Private collection (MH), UK.

Brass Higo "Swirls" Tsuba
Brass Higo "Swirls" Tsuba

12-04-01 Higo-style tsuba made during my time with Ford Hallam in South Africa. Brass. Private collection (CL), Canada.

Katabami Tsuba
Katabami Tsuba

13-08-01 A commissioned piece consisting of an irregularly-raised rim, textured plate and finely-pierced ken-katabami mon. Steel plate with copper sekigane. Private collection (OY), Canada.

Pine and Torii Tsuba
Pine and Torii Tsuba

13-08-20 A copy of an unattributed tsuba, intended as a study in tool control and maintaining consistent line thicknesses throughout the design. Steel plate. Private collection (TC), Ireland.

Higo Nunome-zogan Tsuba
Higo Nunome-zogan Tsuba

13-10-18 This is a loose interpretation of a Higo tsuba, made in order to work out some ideas on steel texturing and patination, as well as an exploration of the nunome-zogan technique. Steel plate with 24K gold karakusa inlay. Private collection (DL), Belgium.

Ko Umetada Tsuba
Ko Umetada Tsuba

13-10-18 Ko-Umetada style tsuba with a stylized floral motif in ko-sukashi. Steel plate with copper sekigane. Private collection (JL), Canada.

MFA Kyo Sukashi Iris Tsuba
MFA Kyo Sukashi Iris Tsuba

13-10-18 Kyo-Sukashi style tsuba with a stylized motif of irises and dewdrops on grass. Steel plate with copper sekigane. Private collection (RM), UK.

Tomoe Mon Tsuba
Tomoe Mon Tsuba

14-02-01 A commissioned piece that integrates delicate texturing and carving. Steel plate with copper sekigane and inlay. Private collection (MJ), USA.

Year of the Horse Tsuba
Year of the Horse Tsuba

14-02-01 This is my take on an Akasaka tsuba that I made to observe the Year of the Horse, in addition to working out some ideas regarding steel texturing and patination. Steel plate with copper sekigane. Private collection (BT), Australia.