Snail on chestnut, Work in progress

I have been working on a netsuke in boxwood of a snail on a chestnut which started out promisingly. This was inspired by the many antique chestnut netsuke with a dark rich stain and patina which i wanted to replicate. Carving a chestnut is deceptively difficult. One has an assumption that such an item would…

Antique Shopping in Japan. A brief guide

I recently returned (reluctantly) from an 18 day holiday to Japan.  This comprised of a 4 day stay in Tokyo, 2 nights in Takayama, 2 in Kanazawa, 3 in Nara and 4 in Kyoto (plus one in the airport hotel at Osaka which isn't worth discussing further).  The purpose of this trip was primarily a…

A Star buy. Unfortunately I can’t read it…..

Background  My recent exploration into the world of carving and netsuke has seen me take a far more in depth interest in Japanese art than I had previously ventured.  This is an effort to understand the motivation behind many famous netsuke artists from the Meiji period and earlier which should in effect influence my own…