About the Artist

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I am a self-taught woodworker whose love of design began at an early age. However, it wasn’t until my mid thirties that I discovered the Japanese art of sashimono (building without nails or screws). 

It was a desire to build more naturally, with less waste and noise, that finally led me to this extraordinary craft. I will never forget the first time I used a Japanese pull-saw. The speed, the ease and delicacy of the cut. I was overcome.

Even though it is now relatively easy to acquire the tools, the practice is still somewhat shrouded in mystery. There are a handful of books out there, as well as some very good Youtube videos, but if a westerner really wants to learn the art of Japanese joinery, he or she must be committed to apprenticing themselves.

I have, and continue day by day, to teach myself this extraordinary craft. To me, sashimono is synonymous with refinement, not just of the skills required to mill and assemble materials with agility and precision, but of who I am as a person. More simply put, wanting to build better requires that I continually aspire to live better.

I am also a poet, having recently completed a four-thousand line poem entitled Realms of Night. A fairytale, Realms of Night combines mythologies from East and West to tell the story of Eve’s
struggle to return to Eden. To read the poem, please visit realmsofnight.wordpress.com
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9 Responses to “About the Artist”

  1. Really precious and inspiring work! Congratulations
    I am working also with this kind of precious art from 1996
    I receive news ideas from you and your work, I really thamk you for your openning!
    Good fortune for you & your family and thank you again!
    Spasibo

  2. Thank you for commenting. Your praise means a lot to me. I look forward to seeing your work. Please keep checking back with me. Many more new designs on the way. I’m also planning on teaching some of the techniques I’ve learned.
    Caleb

  3. BELLISIMO TRABAJO QUE SALE DEL CORAZON SOY DE LA SOKA DE ARGENTINA Y QUIERO ESTE BUTSUDAN PARA MI VIDA COMO LO COMPRO GRASIAS !!!!!!!!

  4. Hello!!

    I really like your work it is very inspiring!! I started to do woodworking about two years ago and i found this art very special and at the same time very relaxing!! in your pictures i saw that you have a japanese plane and i think its much better than the usual plane, do you know where i can buy one or where i can find a very good source of japanese tools?

    thank you so much!! and keep doing that wonderful work!

    cheers
    Elliott

  5. Please forgive my delayed reply. I’m very glad you like my work and am pleased you want to begin working with Japanese tools. I think the best place to begin your search would be on a website called hidatool.com.

    I recently purchased a smoothing plane on ebay. It is a vintage tool, maybe 40 or 50 years old. I have been very happy with it though I do not recommend that your first plane be second hand.

    Once you get your new plane you will need to tune it. There are excellent videos on YouTube which will help you to do this.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions.

    Very best of luck

  6. Thanks a lot! a really appreciate your kind answer, i just browse the web that you recommend me and I found it a very good site in a near future I will buy a beautiful plane that they have there.

    And yes… i found excellent videos referring to japanese woodworking art, one of the channels it´s called TEWAZA.

    have a nice day!
    Elliott

  7. Estoy enamorada de tu arte. Soy hija de carpintero ebanista. Siempre he sentido pasión por los s trabajos en madera.
    Soy budista. Una vez compré en Venezuela una silla para oración super bajita y cómoda. Aerodinámica con tu misma técnica de sashimono.
    Quisiera saber donde estás ubicado. Y el costo d un butzudan.

  8. Beatiful art pieces to be truly admired .
    Would love to acquire the art piece .
    Well crafted and designed .
    Sincerely yours
    Ed chew
    Singapore
    Hp ;+6596317749
    Email:edchew9966@gmail.com

  9. Thank you for your comment. I’m very glad you like my work. I would be delighted to discuss this with you further. Perhaps you could contact me via my email. eshofunibutsudans@gmail.com

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