Art of Netsuke Carving by Masatoshi

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Masatoshi is the last netsuke carver to belong to the great tradition of Japanese craftsmanship, belonging, that is, in all particulars but one - this book; for never before has a master carver described himself, his training and his approach to his work.

How does a carver choose his subjects? What influences his choice of materials? What tools does he use to carve with? How long does he spend polishing his work? Masatoshi shares his insights of a master carver, and more; he welcomes us into his realm of ghosts and goblins, owls and lizards, Kabuki heroes and Edo Period entertainers - all of them brought to life in the carver's descriptions of his own netsuke and in the carvings themselves, each one illustrated in color.

 

About Masatoshi

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Raymond Bushell, attorney, collector, and netsuke authority, is known to netsuke collectors for his adaptation into English of "The Netsuke Handbook of Ueda Reikichi, "an important work on the subject. He is the author of "The Wonderful World of Netsuke, An Introduction to Netsuke, Netsuke Familiar and Unfamiliar, The Inro Handbook, The Art of Netsuke Carving, "and" Collectors' Netsuke. "He is also a frequent contributor of articles to" Arts of Asia, The Journal of International Netsuke Collectors," and "The Netsuke Kenkyukai Study Journal." He arrived in Japan with the American occupation forces in 1945 and lived there until 1990 practicing law, collecting, and studying netsuke, inro, and sword furnishings.
 
Published October 1, 1981 by Kodansha International. 236 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Arts & Photography, History. Non-fiction