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Utsushi - in search of  Katsuhira's tiger. Part 1
 
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A short documentary film that follows classical Japanese metal artist Ford Hallam as he recreates a lost masterpiece by the 19th century Mito tsuba artist, Hagia Katsuhira. The project and filming was funded by Mr Bob Morrison and took place from June to October 2009. Filmed and directed by Brad Schaffer http://www.bradshawschaffer.com Produced by Richard Moerdyk and Fixer Film http://www.fixerfilm.com/ For more details about the project please visit my blog spot here; http://followingtheironbrush.blogspot.com/2009/06/time-to-let-cat-out-of-bag.html To learn more about the techniques of classical Japanese decorative metalwork please visit our forum; http://www.followingtheironbrush.org/ We also have available for download text files of the audio in French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Greek and German. You'll find them on our forum here; http://www.followingtheironbrush.org/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=1994 To see more of Ford's work please visit http://fordhallam.com/
Yugen - the making of a tsuba by Ford Hallam
 
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This is the premier public 'screening' on Youtube of the latest offering from the acclaimed South African film-maker and my most excellent friend, Brad Schaffer and with the indispensable support or our ever reliable Mr Bob Morrison. http://bradshawschaffer.com/Bradshaw_Schaffer___Filmmaker___Yugen.html It's shorter than our previous collaboration, only 12 minutes, but we believe it packs quite a punch. You may be pleased to learn you won't have to listen to me rabbit on as there's no commentry. We did, however, comission a piece of music specifically for the film from Sasha Sonnbichler, a leading South African composer. We actully wanted some Miles Davis but what we ended up with is far better I think. The film is deliberately more arty and moody. This is to reflect various aesthetic sensibilities both Brad and I were leaning towards after trying to grasp the essence of Junichiro Tanizaki's 'In Praise of Shadows.' The film is also availible to view in high res. by clicking on the big black block. Enjoy, and please share it far and wide. regards to all, Ford
Shudan, a conversation by hand.avi
 
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Classical Japanese metalwork artist, Ford Hallam, demonstrates Yuwake, a traditional hot water casting procedure. The subsequent forging, yama-oroshi or "pounding down the mountain", of the water cast button transforms it into a tsuba. A guard for a Japanese sword. Shudan, which translates as "hand conversation" from Japanese, refers to the intimate communion between the craftsman's hands and his materials. For more information on these techniques and tools you can visit our forum at http://www.followingtheironbrush.org/ And if you'd like to see more of my work please visit my personal website at; http://www.fordhallam.com
A rather rough and ready demonstration showing the handling of Japanese metal carving chisels.
 
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Ford Hallam carving a leaf in steel using a kebori chisel and a shishi-ai bori chisel. I've added a series of close up images that better show what I'm actually doing in this film clip. You'll find them here; https://picasaweb.google.com/tsubaman/MarkingOutAndShapingAkasakaIrisTsubaExercise#
An Introduction to Nunome-zogan,  the Japanese metalwork overlay technique -  Trailer
 
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This is a brief glimpse of some aspects of the classical Japanese metalwork overlay technique called nunome-zogan. The subject is covered in greater detail in the full 32 minute film which is available on my subscription channel at https://www.patreon.com/FordHallam If you'd like to support the making of more such instructional films please consider joining me in
Utsushi - in search of  Katsuhira's tiger. Part 2
 
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A short documentary film that follows classical Japanese metal artist Ford Hallam as he recreates a lost masterpiece by the 19th century Mito tsuba artist, Hagia Katsuhira. The project and filming was funded by Mr Bob Morrison and took place from June to October 2009. Filmed and directed by Brad Schaffer http://www.bradshawschaffer.com Produced by Richard Moerdyk and Fixer Film http://www.fixerfilm.com/ For more details about the project please visit my blog spot here; http://followingtheironbrush.blogspot.com/2009/06/time-to-let-cat-out-of-bag.html To learn more about the techniques of classical Japanese decorative metalwork please visit our forum; http://www.followingtheironbrush.org/ We also have available for download text files of the audio in French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Greek and German. You'll find them on our forum here; http://www.followingtheironbrush.org/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=1994 To see more of Ford's work please visit http://fordhallam.com/
My Metal Rocks and they're not heavy..avi
 
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A series of steel rocks and stones raised from sheet steel by Ford Hallam. Conceived as contemplative hand held forms. For more information on these techniques and tools you can visit our forum at http://www.followingtheironbrush.org/ And if you'd like to see more of my work please visit my personal website at; http://www.fordhallam.com
a side view showing the handling of Japanese metal carving chisels
 
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Ford Hallam demonstrating the use of a kebori and a shishiai bori chisel. For more information on these techniques and tools you can visit our forum at http://www.followingtheironbrush.org/ And if you'd like to see more of my work please visit my personal website at; http://www.fordhallam.com
My teacher - Izumi Koshiro Sensei
 
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A short excerpt from the planned full length documentary that introduces the man who's openness and generosity has made my improbable journey into the Japanese tradition possible. Izumi Koshiro Sensei, my Japanese father. All that I am able to show the world of this beautiful tradition I ultimately owe to him. 子供たちのために For more information on these techniques and tools you can visit our forum at http://www.followingtheironbrush.org/ And if you'd like to see more of my work please visit my personal website at; http://www.fordhallam.com
Water casting copper
 
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Ford Hallam demonstrating the traditional Japanese method of water casting into a cloth mould known as yuwake or yudokobuki . . The water in the pan is about 75 degrees C, it was boiling a few minutes previously. Copper melts at 1083 degrees C and pouring molten metal into water is potentially very dangerous. Please do not attempt to copy this process without getting further advice from experienced craftsmen. You'll find some of us at www://followingtheironbrush.org For more information on these techniques and tools you can visit our forum at http://www.followingtheironbrush.org/ And if you'd like to see more of my work please visit my personal website at; http://www.fordhallam.com
Uchidashi tools - an extract from a much longer film to follow.
 
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A short introduction to some of the punches used in the classical Japanese technique of Uchidashi. This short film clip is part of a much longer and detailed film to be published soon. Learn directly from Ford Hallam, the world leading expert in Japanese metalworking techniques. You can follow my projects, more of these sorts of educational films and 'how to' tutorials on my Patreon channel at https://www.patreon.com/FordHallam Full access subscription is as little as $5 a month which makes it possible for me to keep making these for you...and continually improve the quality of our films. Don't forget to like the film, subscribe to get notices when new content is available and share with your friends.
Fuigo -Breathing life into fire.
 
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Operating a traditional Japanese box bellows to melt copper and alloys in a charcoal forge. Plans for building this fuigo are available on my forum at: http://www.followingtheironbrush.org/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=3974&p=39102#p39102
Uchidashi   The Pitch Bowl
 
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The pitch bowl used for uchidashi work. Also called a yani-dai in Japanese. The pine rosin based pitch is called matsu-yani. You can find instructions to make your own on the followingtheironbrush.org forum by following this link:http://www.followingtheironbrush.org/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=75&hilit=matsuyani Learn directly from Ford Hallam, the world leading expert in Japanese metalworking techniques. You can follow my projects, more of these sorts of educational films and 'how to' tutorials on my Patreon channel at https://www.patreon.com/FordHallam Full access subscription is as little as $5 a month which makes it possible for me to keep making these for you...and continually improve the quality of our films. Don't forget to like the film, subscribe to get notices when new content is available and share with your friends.
Uchidashi - Dragonfly Menuki - The Trailer
 
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Learn directly from Ford Hallam, the world leading expert in Japanese metalworking techniques. You can follow my projects, more of these sorts of educational films and 'how to' tutorials on my Patreon channel at https://www.patreon.com/FordHallam Full access subscription is as little as $5 a month which makes it possible for me to keep making these for you...and continually improve the quality of our films. Don't forget to like the film, subscribe to get notices when new content is available and share with your friends.
Manipulating matsuyani and setting a partially formed menuki for further uchidashi work
 
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For more information on these techniques and tools you can visit our forum at http://www.followingtheironbrush.org/ And if you'd like to see more of my work please visit my personal website at; http://www.fordhallam.com
Making a basic metal carving chisel - filing segment
 
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This is the first 6 and a half minutes of a more complete film that shows the heat treatment and sharpening of this basic metal carving chisel. If you'd like to support the making of more instructional films like this, and see another 21 minutes of this one, please join me on my Patreon subscription channel at : https://www.patreon.com/FordHallam Full access to over 1 hour of high definition film starts at $5 / £3.55 per month. I buy most of my Magicut files from Jantz Supplies in the USA. https://www.knifemaking.com/
Making a simple ring
 
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This video is about Making a simple ring in the ways learnt as an apprentice goldsmith. Learn directly from Ford Hallam, a qualified master goldsmith and the world leading expert in Japanese metalworking techniques. You can follow my projects, more of these sorts of educational films and 'how to' tutorials on my Patreon channel at https://www.patreon.com/FordHallam Full access subscription is as little as $5 a month which makes it possible for me to keep making these for you...and continually improve the quality of our films. Don't forget to like the film, subscribe to get notices when new content is available and share with your friends.
Chiselling a "mei" on Remo's tsuba
 
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This was filmed using the Sanyo VPC-FH1. Apologies for the camera shake...we'll use a tripod next time and improve on the focussing too. The "mei" reads hei mo, this is close to how Remo pronounces his name. The last kanji, "saku" was cut with one of the strokes in the wrong sequence....oops! For more information on these techniques and tools you can visit our forum at http://www.followingtheironbrush.org/ And if you'd like to see more of my work please visit my personal website at; http://www.fordhallam.com
The use of the Japanese metal work tool, hisage.
 
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A short clip showing the correct use of the traditional Japanese metal artists refining tool, the hisage. Demonstrated by Ford Hallam. For more information on these techniques and tools you can visit our forum at http://www.followingtheironbrush.org/ And if you'd like to see more of my work please visit my personal website at; http://www.fordhallam.com
Carving fine silver whiskers on a tiger's snout
 
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These slivers of silver are only 0.1 mm thick. I inlaid them as strips into the iron ground and here am using a chisel to delicately shave them down the the height I want. The eyes were inlaid in gold and have shakudo pupils. Once patinated the pupils will be black and the iron will be a dark brown colour...or dark grey.
Uchidashi   dragonfly menuki Part 1
 
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Part one of a series documenting the creation a pair of menuki based on originals made the great master Unno Shomin (1844 - 1015) Learn directly from Ford Hallam, the world leading expert in Japanese metalworking techniques. You can follow my projects, more of these sorts of educational films and 'how to' tutorials on my Patreon channel at https://www.patreon.com/FordHallam Full access subscription is as little as $5 a month which makes it possible for me to keep making these for you...and continually improve the quality of our films. Don't forget to like the film, subscribe to get notices when new content is available and share with your friends.
Tosogu Insights with Ford Hallam - Episode 1
 
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An examination and explanation of a fuchi kashira set made by Takafuji Masakatsu (circa 1830) about 200 years ago.
Carving Dragon Knife Handles for William Henry Knives
 
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This is an unedited film (30min) that shows much of the creating of the dragon handles. I need to properly edit it and add some commentary but the way work's going it may be a while before I get a chance. In the meantime you may get something out of the rough cut. The completed knife can be seen on WH Knives own website here; http://www.williamhenry.com/spearpoint-hallam.html
Uchidashi - Dragonfly Menuki - part 4
 
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Come and have a peek at what I'm putting on my Patreon subscription channel and if you like what you see you might consider joining us there for ongoing detailed film documentation and instruction.https://www.patreon.com/FordHallam
A sneak peek at how nanako is created.
 
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This is a little clip from some filming I was involved in earlier this year. A short film will be on view in the new V&A museum (London) Japanese galleries as of 4 November 2015 showing the recreation of a Goto master's tsuba. The tsuba, which I made, and the original will also be on view. The film's director very generously gave me copies of all the filming we did. And the V&A have graciously given me permission to use it so when I get a chance I'll be editing it in to another short film and upload it here. Perhaps as a Christmas present for you.
Patreon intro
 
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https://www.patreon.com/FordHallam
Filing seppa - Japanese decorative spacers
 
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This video shows the various filing techniques used in creating a Japanese style decorative crenellated spacer. Learn directly from Ford Hallam, the world leading expert in Japanese metalworking techniques. You can follow my projects, more of these sorts of educational films and 'how to' tutorials on my Patreon channel at https://www.patreon.com/FordHallam Full access subscription is as little as $5 a month which makes it possible for me to keep making these for you...and continually improve the quality of our films. Don't forget to like the film, subscribe to get notices when new content is available and share with your friends.
Making a basic metal carving chisel, including heat treatment and sharpening.
 
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The shaping, heat treatment and sharpening of a basic metal carving chisel I buy most of my Magicut files from Jantz Supplies in the USA. https://www.knifemaking.com/ Learn directly from Ford Hallam, the world leading expert in Japanese metalworking techniques. You can follow my projects, more of these sorts of educational films and 'how to' tutorials on my Patreon channel at https://www.patreon.com/FordHallam Full access subscription is as little as $5 a month which makes it possible for me to keep making these for you...and continually improve the quality of our films. Don't forget to like the film, subscribe to get notices when new content is available and share with your friends.
filing a fuchi and some talk on kashira form and files
 
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This video is about filing a fuchi and some talk on kashira and fuchi form. For more on Japanese metalwork please visit followingtheironbrush.org You can also find me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/tsubaman/ To see the plans to make the filing/sawing tower click here: http://www.followingtheironbrush.org/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=4146&p=40265#p40265
Ironbrush Fundamentals 02 - Using a Japanese woodwork marking knife
 
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On the use of a Japanese woodwork marking/whittling knife and the parallels with metal carving chisels. Here I show how to effectively use a Japanese Kogatana to very precisely shape a piece of wood. I am making a wooden holder to support a kashira whilst I am working on it. Learn directly from Ford Hallam, a qualified master goldsmith and the world leading expert in Japanese metalworking techniques. You can follow my projects, more of these sorts of educational films and 'how to' tutorials on my Patreon channel at https://www.patreon.com/FordHallam Full access subscription is as little as $5 a month which makes it possible for me to keep making these for you...and continually improve the quality of our films. Don't forget to like the film, subscribe to get notices when new content is available and share with your friends. https://paypal.me/fordhallam
Uchidashi   Roughening the Punch Faces
 
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Preparing and maintaining the punches. Learn directly from Ford Hallam, the world leading expert in Japanese metalworking techniques. You can follow my projects, more of these sorts of educational films and 'how to' tutorials on my Patreon channel at https://www.patreon.com/FordHallam Full access subscription is as little as $5 a month which makes it possible for me to keep making these for you...and continually improve the quality of our films. Don't forget to like the film, subscribe to get notices when new content is available and share with your friends.
Carving Fred's tsuba part2
 
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A short compilation of film clips showing the various steps I generally follow in carving a piece in relief. The steel is hand-made for me by a Japanese swordsmith. It's relatively soft but occasionally I hit hard spots that wreak havoc on my poor chisels. The chisels I use are made from High Speed steel. They were hand forged for me by a specialist blacksmith in Japan many years ago. For more information on traditional technique and materials you can visit my forum at www.followingtheironbrush.org
Uchidashi - A Traditional Japanese approach to manipulating sheet metal.qt
 
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This is a test film I made last April to get an idea of how best to approach making an instructional video. I had a bit of a problem getting the commentary lined up correctly, no idea why, and the headset mike I used is terrible. My son, Kyle did the filming and had to do his best to get around me to try and see what I was doing. Anyway, I thought I'd do a quick, rough and ready, edit and make it available as a few people have been asking for more material on the technique. I hope this is of some use for now. You can see an image of a similar flying goose piece that was done by one of my students, here; https://picasaweb.google.com/tsubaman/TeachingExercises?authkey=Gv1sRgCNe5kpu95s7CNw#5760862932648492466 Naturally, the instructional DVD's will be much, much better and far more comprehensive. If you have any thoughts, observations, suggestions....anything at all, please let me know. We aim to please :-) For more information on these techniques and tools you can visit our forum at http://www.followingtheironbrush.org/ And if you'd like to see more of my work please visit my personal website at; http://www.fordhallam.com
Zen and the way of the chisel.
 
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A meditation on iron with Ford Hallam
An Introduction to Nunome zogan  The Japanese metalwork overlay technique
 
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Learn directly from Ford Hallam, the world leading expert in Japanese metalworking techniques. You can follow my projects, more of these sorts of educational films and 'how to' tutorials on my Patreon channel at https://www.patreon.com/FordHallam Full access subscription is as little as $5 a month which makes it possible for me to keep making these for you...and continually improve the quality of our films. Don't forget to like the film, subscribe to get notices when new content is available and share with your friends.
Filing seppa - Japanese decorative spacers - part 2
 
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This video covers a few additional issues raised after we published part 1. Learn directly from Ford Hallam, a qualified master goldsmith and the world leading expert in Japanese metalworking techniques. You can follow my projects, more of these sorts of educational films and 'how to' tutorials on my Patreon channel at https://www.patreon.com/FordHallam Full access subscription is as little as $5 a month which makes it possible for me to keep making these for you...and continually improve the quality of our films. Don't forget to like the film, subscribe to get notices when new content is available and share with your friends.
Test clip for uchidashi video tutorial
 
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I intimated recently, on Instagram, that I was working on something new. For some time now I've been very concerned that so much of what I do and how I do it is still something of a mystery, even to my close students who've spent time in my studio with me. Real craft and art learning takes place over many years of close observation and through a process of osmosis so I'm wondering how much I can share if I start to document my working processes and aesthetic decision making as I progress through each project I tackle. We have the technology, perhaps this is one way I can more effectively help to preserve and share the riches of this tradition and record my own journey in it. This is just one small section of unedited film that forms part of a 45 minute section so far.
Ten zogan, Japanese raised dot inlay
 
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An instructional film showing the tools and technique of classical Japanese wire dot inlay
Orchid Dreams
 
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a metalwork kagamibuta netsuke by Ford Hallam
Dragonfly Wave
 
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a metal kagamibuta Netsuke by Ford Hallam
Using a half-round hand file
 
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This video presents the various ways a half-round file can be most effectively used Learn directly from Ford Hallam, a qualified master goldsmith and the world leading expert in Japanese metalworking techniques. You can follow my projects, more of these sorts of educational films and 'how to' tutorials on my Patreon channel at https://www.patreon.com/FordHallam Full access subscription is as little as $5 a month which makes it possible for me to keep making these for you...and continually improve the quality of our films. Don't forget to like the film, subscribe to get notices when new content is available and share with your friends. https://paypal.me/fordhallam
Demonstrating kanji carving in kata-kiri bori.
 
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A brief demonstrating showing the use of a hammer and chisel to carve kanji in copper plate. Illustrating the alignment of chisel, hammer and copper plate and the way the piece can be rotated to allow for easier cutting. To learn more about classical Japanese metalwork you can visit the forum I help run at; www.followingtheironbrush.org
Genesis 1 - A Meteorite Tsuba - the beginning.  explanation in the description below.
 
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This is a slice of iron nickel meteorite that came from the Gibeon meteor shower that fell in Namibia 220 million years ago. The distinctive pattern in the metal is called Widmanstatten pattern and is the result of very slow cooling in space. This structure is not found in any terrestrial metal. Calculations suggest the rate of cooling, in zero gravity, was around 2 degrees Celsius per million years, meaning it took about 500 million years to cool to a glowing red heat. This metal came from the heart of an exploding supernova and has been radiometrically dated to being 4 Billion years old. This makes it some of the oldest and rarest material known to man. I intend to turn it into the rarest tsuba on planet earth. It's a criminal offence to even move these meteorites in Namibia today. To learn more about the Gibeon Meteorite follow this link; http://www.namibia-1on1.com/gibeon-meteorites.html
Using a jewellers piercing saw as a fine file.
 
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A short film clip showing the use of a piercing saw as a file. Learn directly from Ford Hallam, the world leading expert in Japanese metalworking techniques. You can follow my projects, more of these sorts of educational films and 'how to' tutorials on my Patreon channel at https://www.patreon.com/FordHallam Full access subscription is as little as $5 a month which makes it possible for me to keep making these for you...and continually improve the quality of our films. Don't forget to like the film, subscribe to get notices when new content is available and share with your friends.

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