In a post (<– link) from a couple of years back, I described my quasi-apprenticeship with Watanabe Korehira, a swordsmith living in Hokkaidō, Japan. I recently came across a film clip of Watanabe-tosho, and thought I would share it with readers here. It gives you a good sense of the man and his dedication to his art:
Handmade Portraits: The Sword Maker from Etsy on Vimeo.
I’m glad to see that he seems to have found an apprentice, perhaps one of the ‘one or two’ on the entire island that Watanabe-tosho thought might possibly have what it takes to be an apprentice. I’m glad for him! It was moving for me to see him again in the film and hear his voice. I well remember my time there. Sometimes I wonder, just for a moment, how my life would be if I had decided to apprentice with Watanabe-san. Forks in the road….