Every now and then I come across work from other jewellers that just takes my breath away.
The work by Ford Hallam - is a testament to a master craftsman's abilities to hone techniques, skills and to master metal and materials in a way that is truly inspiring. Ford is a goldsmith that has dedicated himself to the traditional art of Japanese metal &Tosogu & Tsuba Artist (samurai swords and sword fittings). South African, he is actually the only full time traditionally trained tosogu-shi - even in Japan and has been awarded the gold prize in the NBSK shinsaku competition.
If you appreciate fine art, a clever craftsman and beautiful techniques watch his wonderful videos on how he spent 5 months hand carving this amazing tsuba. http://www.fordhallam.com/#!utsushi---in-search-of-katsuhi/cgri