Feb 192016
 
The life of an Apprentice: Merchant & Makers

The life of an Apprentice: Merchant & Makers Eric Chevallier apprentice to Master Metal-Smith Yasuhiro Hirakawa of Sasuke Smith 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, [more...]

Apr 092014
 
Eric Chevallier: The Blacksmith's Apprentice

Eric Chevallier The Blacksmith’s Apprentice NHK WORLD  Introduction Three years ago, when I started the body of work “Lost Ceremony,” I met Eric Chevallier and his girlfriend in Tokyo for dinner.  Along with my girlfriend, we sat for a bowl of steaming ramen and two very cold beers.  We exchanged the pleasantries that are common [more...]

Dec 032010
 
Old World Masters: Shotaro Namuro & Yasuhiro Hirakawa

Shotaro Nomuro & Yasuhiro Hirakawa There are a few places left in the world, where things are made by hand.  Sakai Japan used to craft the worlds finest swords.  But even though the samurais have all disappeared, the tradition of turning lumps of iron into razor sharp blades remains virtually unchanged. What does knife making [more...]