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…

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…

Netsuke. A new passion for an indecisive mind

Background I have spent the last 3 years studying Occupational Therapy at university.  This is not my first degree though, my first was Art and Design.  I specialised in product design, even though I was much better at fine art and this has always been a curse of sorts as I always want to do…