Thursday, November 25, 2010

I made these!

I made these. Clearly I rock!

Takeda san, a very patient teacher.

 I always have a great time in Japan. The food is outstanding, the people warm, the temples and shrines peaceful. I especially like the local train ride to Niimi. The train weaves through cute rounded hills covered in pine forests. Every valley has mist a stream and a tiny lake. It really is magical.

Takeda san collected me at the train station with some good news. I was going to make a few knives with one of my knife making heros.

It was soo fun....and sweaty.  I am ceratinly not a natural. I think the blades look alright, but they do feel like hammers. A bit on the heavy side, if you will. I can't wait to do it again.

Takeda san was kind enough to finish the blades for me and put handles on the santoku. 

Thank you Shosui, it was a highlight of my life.

BTW I got to make a few blades with the Moritakas the very next day. I'll post some pics when they arrive. What a great trip!!

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