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Tanto koshirae with egg shells saya and 10 pairs jabara tsukamaki

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Hello, I would like to present my newest Tanto Koshirae.

Saya.

Working with the shells turned out to be very laborious. I used eggs from the village with a fairly thick shell. It is important to peel off the inner film after boiling, which is best to come off wet. The application lasted about 4 days. Then, filling small gaps and lacquering. During sanding, be careful not to take too much ...
Tsuka.

Samegawa dyed in the process of 2 natural dyes, which I received from a Japanese professional Tsukamakishi.
Tsukamaki.

The first time I did a 10-pair braid. The difficulty with more pairs is keeping straight lines on the center of the hishi in the cross section. Therefore, I decided to make the middle part of hishi - using the hineri-maki method. This in turn causes the cross section to be raised and the need for more hishigami / komekami ... The braid is a bit taller / protruding, but it gives a good depth. The braid is fully stitched so the threads do not slip and are tightly stretched.
Used jabara is 0,85 mm diameter. My dream is to make a 12-pair braid. However, I can't find the right thickness for the jabaraito anywhere, it has to be about 0.65mm thinner. 

I used honoki wood.

Saya fittings.

Koiguchi of copper, rest of buffalo horn.

Seppa with filing big teeth of copper.

Keep fingers crossed for next better project.

 

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Artur,
The quality of your work is staggering. You really have both the passion and the skill :clap:
Have you entered, or plan to enter, the NBSK annual competitions?
How long is your waiting list? I'd love to send you an item that badly needs a high class wrap. Well done sir.

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13 minutes ago, Brian said:

Artur,
The quality of your work is staggering. You really have both the passion and the skill :clap:
Have you entered, or plan to enter, the NBSK annual competitions?
How long is your waiting list? I'd love to send you an item that badly needs a high class wrap. Well done sir.

 

Brian,

thank you so much for the kind words.
I was thinking about trying to show my work in Japanese shinsa / other competitions but so far I don't know how to organize it + translations + applications. I need to be more interested in it, but I am also willing to use the help of someone experienced.
Currently I have 4 pending projects that I plan to complete in about 60 days. I would love to see your project and let's talk. 

 

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This project is really wonderful. Great work all arround. How many eggs have you used for the Saya?

 

I'm already excited about your next projects ;)

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3 minutes ago, HannesT said:

This project is really wonderful. Great work all arround. How many eggs have you used for the Saya?

 

I'm already excited about your next projects ;)

Hannes, 

thank You. I used and ate 7 eggs then...

;)

 

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And yet another splendor. Artur, you’re getting better with each work. I may have a Tanto for you to work on in the future. I’ll leave you total freedom and let you do your magic if and when you accept it. Your work never ceases to amaze me. You are a true artist!

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Arthur, contact Paul Martin.   He is a member of board of modern artists ( can't remember the initials).  I'm sure he will be able to help you.

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David McDonald who is a member here actually won a prize for his work on tsukamaki at the competition in Japan. 

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I also had David do tsukamaki on one of my swords. Good,clean job.

Rich

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WOW you do excellent work. Thank you so much for sharing. Your work and the Tanto are beautiful     
            MikeR

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12 hours ago, 16k said:

And yet another splendor. Artur, you’re getting better with each work. I may have a Tanto for you to work on in the future. I’ll leave you total freedom and let you do your magic if and when you accept it. Your work never ceases to amaze me. You are a true artist!

Thank you.

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Artur, you not only keep getting better, but you also have a much-wider range of techniques.

 

I would love to see your work being displayed for a Japanese audience, but only after you've done a couple of projects for me!

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This koshirae is quiet impressive. I rarely get thát kind of feeling from fittings but this item is really exquisite! Well done. 

 

For what it's worth the lacquer work looks very well done and the braids are as good as I've seen. The white shells actually look really good with the green silk (which without these photographs as evidence for it I would not imagine it to match this well).

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