Feb 192016
 

The life of an Apprentice: Merchant & Makers

Eric Chevallier apprentice to Master Metal-Smith Yasuhiro Hirakawa of Sasuke Smith

Sasuke-Smith apprentice Eric Chevallier © Adam Marelli

Sasuke-Smith apprentice Eric Chevallier © Adam Marelli

Ever wondered what it would be like to be an apprentice?  Maybe you’ve fantasized about an alternate universe where you devoted every working minute to the perfection of your craft.  For a small number of young, mostly untrained aspirants, apprenticeship offers a life that most people only dream about.  Complete with toil, hardship and rare moments of glory, being an apprentice is a truly unique experience.  But this professional exchange between Master and Apprentice is still widely misunderstood.  Part of the mystery comes from the simple fact that many of the greatest workshops in the world are closed to the public.

Eric Chevallier at the grinding wheel. © Adam Marelli

Eric Chevallier at the grinding wheel. © Adam Marelli

Recently I partnered with Merchant and Maker’s based out of the UK.  They interview Masters and Apprentices who want to share behind the scenes accounts of their journeys to fulfillment.  Head over to their site to read the full interview and see some of the unpublished pictures from my project Lost Ceremony.

http://www.merchantandmakers.com/interview-with-eric-chevallier-apprentice-bladesmith-sasuke-japan/

Best-AM

Yasuhiro Hirakawa and  Eric Chevallier © Adam Marelli

Yasuhiro Hirakawa and Eric Chevallier © Adam Marelli

 

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