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).
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.
12-04-01 Higo-style tsuba made during my time with Ford Hallam in South Africa. Brass. Private collection (CL), Canada.
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.
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.
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.
13-10-18 Ko-Umetada style tsuba with a stylized floral motif in ko-sukashi. Steel plate with copper sekigane. Private collection (JL), Canada.
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.
14-02-01 A commissioned piece that integrates delicate texturing and carving. Steel plate with copper sekigane and inlay. Private collection (MJ), USA.
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.