Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Katana

A little word about those great Japanese swords.
( Of much interest for any black smith in the field of making knife or swords )   

 One year ago I got my hand on what is called " Zanketsu " : a Katana cutter in 3 . The reason those great objects are cutted with a grinder is that in order to keep a sword in Japan you must have a licence. So any person not been abel to have a licence will have its katana cuted in 3.
 Any way out of those Zanketsu part I forged a collection of bracelets which turned out to be very nice jewellery after a long life of violence. Not always easy to trace back the origine & date most of the bracelet that came out originate from forged katana that date around 300 years ago up to more recent piece made for japanese officer during the second world war. Those last one are made from different steel and this you feel when forcing it. At that time I did not try to requinch the bracelets and experienced the hardnes of the steel with the grinder when cutting them appart. ..

 Eventually this year I had the chance to attend a deomstartion and lecture at Jidayubori Park’s Old Farm House Garden, in Setagaya , Tokyo by one of the last black smith that is stile involved in the making of katana the ancient way.  This was quite instructive about a few details that make the way of the japanese. Like the use of pin charcoal cutted at a certain size and a very fast way of anealing the quinched blad. The quincking of the blad is the smae of what is applied to a blad of simple steel, bassed on a knwoleage of the temperature and color of the metal. The sneaking of the quenched blad was very simple and fast in apparence. This happent by knowing the correct temperature according to the way water evaporate when sprinkled on the steel hot blade. From what I could observe it is basically the time that the water takes to evaparte away. It is something that happens very fasty in a mater of a second or lest . It is really the sound and time it take that determin the proper point of anealing. Only experience can teach you this. It is a very fast way but experience and knwoledge of temperature is crucial at that point.


 This year I was given the chance to get my hand on two sword that had suffered fire in an old house. When I was offered the blads they were all bended due to the heat they suffered from and obviously were unquinched in some part. One had nothing on it to give an origine of place or maker but on the other one we could read " Tchikuzen " which refers to place were the blad has been made, here some here in Kuichu. You must know that at a time blacksmith were not signing they blads but were engraving on the handel the place were they were made. I decided to cut out the part needed to make bracelets and keep the top part to try making two tantos ( short katana ) out of them as those part of the blads did not bend mutch in the fire. Rechaped I decidid to quinch them again according to what I saw at Jidayubori lecture. The quinching here is the same as what you would do with a simple steel, quinched by the colors of the steel, orange. At that point the steel is extremely hard and breakable and I did drop one and broke off the handel part with the holl for the rivet, so decided to regrind it and dril a holl ... IMPOSSIBLE !
No effect with HSS drill , then tried the tungsten drill which as well did not work, so we turn to the dyamon drill which even did live a mark on the steel...
After all those year of forging different blads and steel I had never encounter any think like that.  Every body in the workshop that night were left speach less. I was having in my hand a steel stronger that dyamond ! It is only after experiencing this that you can understand the great beauty and strength of this unique metal and craftman ship requiered to make a Samurai sword. A blad at it ultimate perfection, stronger that dyamond but stile having a certain flexibility. So finally I had to unquinch the blad I made to do quinching and anealing prosses the ancient way. Finally I came out with two tantos stronger than dyamond but still whit a certain flexibility. One that I offered to my Japanese Sempai and the second one for my self. One more little detail that was quite surprising when working with this steel was that when unquiched this 300 year old steel was extreamly soft ...


Friday, 22 February 2019

Desplay units

  The new collection of display units made with vintage type writers & sewing machines a few steel rods and brass objects upcycled into display units at the forge. The forge is used her to transform steel rod to the shaps needed to assemble  type writer or sewing machin parts together. As well the heat of the forge allow me to apply the natural black patina based on green tea. Other display units are assemble parts of existing machines of objects. All the display units are tight fixed, riveted or screwed together. All parts can be taken appart, rebuilt or upcycled into other objects.
#1. Display unit for earrings. /.  Brass & steel 
Upcycled from : sewing machine part / clockwork part / bracelet  
H 11cm. / W 10cm. / 240 gr.



#2. Display unit for short necklaces.   /   Steel & forged steel
Upcycled from : sewing machine part / typewriter part / steel plate & steel rod
Natural black patina & bee’s waxed
H 28cm. / W 10.5cm. / D 4.5cm. / 420 gr.



 
#3   &  #4    Display unit for earrings. / Steel 
Upcycled from : sewing machine part / steel rod & steel plat 
#3 : H 9cm. / W 15.5 cm. / D 4.5cm. /  300 gr.
#4 : H 19cm. / W 15.5 cm. / D 4.5cm. /  300 gr.



#5   Display unit for earrings   /   Steel 
Upcycled from : sewing machine part / typewriter part / steel plate
H 12cm. / W 15 cm. / D 5cm. / 270gr.






#6  Display unit for earrings  /  Forged steel & cast iron 
Upcycled from : steel rods & well 
Natural black patina & bee’s waxed
H 17cm. / W 8cm. / 160gr.
#7  Display unit for earrings  /. Steel, brass & wool
Upcycled from : sewing machine part, type writer part & steel rod
H 17.5cm. /  W 10cm. / D 7.5cm. / 100gr. 





#8   Brass weight display unit for earrings or short necklace   /   Brass & steel 
Upcycled from : antique or vintage brass weight, steel rod, bracelet & different brass objects.  
20 gr. / 7.5cm. / W 4.5cm. ( clock work gear )

20 gr. / 8cm. / W 7.5cm. ( bracelet )     &     20 gr. / 10.5cm. / W 5.5cm. ( flower base ) 

50 gr. / H 9.5cm. / W 6.5cm
100 gr. / H 11.5cm. / W 6.5cm 
100 gr. / H 14.5cm. / W 7.5cm
200 gr. / H 24cm. / W 7.5cm




#9   Display unit for necklaces  /  Forged steel & steel 
Upcycled from : vintage Remington type writer part, steel plate & steel rod. 
Natural black patina & bee’s waxed
H 45cm. / W 21cm. / D 9 cm. / 1.8 Kg.










#10  Display unit for necklaces  /. Forged steel, steel & brass 
Upcycled from : vintage Remington typewriter, steel plate, steel rode & brass parts. 
Natural black patina & bee’s waxed
H 49cm. / W 17cm. (top ) 7.5cm. ( base )  / D 11 cm. / 700gr.








#11   Display unit for necklaces   /    Steel & ceramic
Upcycled from : sewing machine parts steel rode & plate, ceramic dolls hand & rubber. 
The hand on the unit can mooved in different position thanks to the little screw on the side . 
H 28cm. / W 9cm. / 350gr.
H 34cm. / W 9cm. / 370gr.







Friday, 28 September 2018

Forged bracelets : Singer, Remington & " Hibasi "

  A new series of 5 bracelets forged out of a Singer 28K from 1923 came out of the forge. This series is quite sick and heavy as our customer asked us to keep it that way. To this I added two more pieces forged out of a Remington Rand 17 type writer dating from 1946. For this one I used the steel rods were the page of paper was placed, a rod with numbers that remain on the forged bracelet. The last series of 3 is forged out of antique " hibachi " which are steel shopstick that were used to handel charcoals. This series has a brass screw upon the requeste of our customer. This time those series have actually been made under some request from Le Grand Magasin in Saint Remi de Provence.






From top to bottom / Forged bracelet from Singer 28K dating 1923 serial Number Y1003457 with the original screw from the swing machine / forged bracelet from a Remington Rand 17 type writer of 1946 with a small screw belonging to the singer 28 K . / Forged steel bracelet from antique Japanese shopsticks with a brass screw . 




Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Forged bracelet " suite & evolution "


      A forged bracelet collection composed of a series forged out of very special steel. . .


  It was a long time ago planned project for which I need to aquire more knowledge in order to forged it well. It is after 6 years of forging many types of recycled steel and the quinching of those unknow steel gave me the knowledge to handel with confidence steel stuch the one used to make samurai swords. I need to thank Jean Michaux my friend & black smith that thought me much about quinching and propreties of steel. 

  I started last spring with the bloom of the cherry blooms in Tokyo. Collection on the Tokyo antique market the new material of this collection, I started to forged bracelets out of antique samurai sword steel in Sagamiko at the work shop  of the LABO Phenomena Factory, were I seeked addvice to my friend and black smith Kenjiro in order to forged this versatil & unquie steel.  I would not have started to work on this noble metal without the advice of my friend Kenjiro.  




           Eventualy I found 3 " Zanketsu " which referes in Japanese  to
           a katana Blade that has been cutter in 3 . Here a the images and 
           sign of 2 of the katna remain I founded on the antique markets
           in Tokyo. On with the name of the black smith carved in the 
           steel of the handel of the blade the other one with the name of 
           the place were the katana blade has been forged. 

  First step was to cut the " Zanketsu " in smaller parts that fit for making bracelets. I had quite a surprise were cutting it ! what take normay a few minutes to be cutter turned out to take a good half hour. Each blade showing different hardeness, one having particularly hard material in the inner part of the the blade. 



     

Then the magic starts! Light up the fire and slowly start to heat the
material. Each steel been made at a different time in history it has a different composition and need to been forged in a different maner. Here temperature and strength of the hamering is crucial, one mistake and the steel will split, working time is very limited as the range of working temperature is very small. It was very challenging  to forge this steel and eventually had to reweld at the forge some parts. During the forging I could strongly feel the properties of this steel that I never had touch before. A beautiful steel charged with history and knowledge.        





   3 days in Kenjiro's workshop were not enough to finish the collection. So the steel followed me into my workshop were I finished the collection of 13 pieces. A very rare and unique collection forged out of antique jappantes swords that at a time in history had belonged to a Samurai. Each bracelet is forged out of a different part of the blade. Some time using the handel with the sign or the " mune " back of the blade with it specific shape. Locking remain the as before with a screw of the flat of old swing machines. Finally patinated black with a natural japanese technique based on green tea.  





     Find the full collection online at : https://tabitojewelry.jimdo.com/necklaces/


Singer  27/127 
Serial Number : G959011
 Series of 4 bracelets forged out of steel axels of a 1922 swing machine. This machine has a storie. This Memphis or Egyptian model had been at a point of it history imported into Japan. It was originaly a mechanical machine that was working with the power of the feet of the operator. By time this swing machine has been adapted to work with an electric engine. Later on this machine has been been used by our grand mum to be left to take the dust until
we unbuilt it and transfored it into bracelets . . .







Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Invitation private sales / Brusels




  We are please to invite you to Tabito Jewelry private sales. Be the most welcome to visit us at the Salon Velasquez in the center of Brussels. We will be presenting the first pieces of the new Autome / Winter collection of upcycled jewellery that past on the banch of the workshop. We will be there ,with the different lamps, " new présentoir" and new bizarre containers. Comme and get the chance to discover a treasure.  

Thursday : 17h / 20 H 
Friday : 11h / 20H

Saturday : 11H / 17H 

Salon Velasquez    38 rue des Chapeliers   1000 Bruxelles

Display for postcards.



Display stand for one or two post cards. 


                            To be placed on the counter of the Salon Vélasquez. Assembled with 
                         a iron casted knob from a stove, left over of a 50 mm. steel plate & a 
                         forged reinforcement steel rode. The knob has a screw that come to 
                         screw with the feet and looks with a bolt at the back. On the top left 
                         of the display stand you have the name of the salon pitched in the steel. 
                         A black patina with green tea has been applied and eventually the blue
                         tone remain from the heat treatment which give a very nice finish. 



Sunday, 13 May 2018

New " Hibashi " bracelets .



Hibashi bracelets new collection.

  A new collection of bracelets in brass, upcycled from vintage and
antique " Hibashi " . Hibashi is the name for brass shop sticks used to
handel hot charcoals that were use in a small cupboard dedicaced to the making of tea in japanese house.
In the past each japanese house had a stuc a cupboard composed of a tray, a few drawers and a fire place with charcoal inorder to boil water for the tea. Those " Hibashi " were one of the tools that were part of this tea set.
Those vintage and antique shop stick used to make those bracelets have been hunted on different antique makets in Tokyo and around. They traveled back to the forge and have been transformed in this collection of 1O small size bracelets. Collection that will grow until Spetember to be presented by Tabito Jewelry in it's AW collection at Bijorhca in Paris.

Forged bracelet Spring 2018

On going forged bracelets collection of 
 10 new bracelets for the " Salon Velasquez " 
in Brusels. 
Collection forger with steel rods and different 
rods coming from type writer and swing machines.
Scrap, vintage & antique steel have been used to make
this collection of 10 bracelets. 
Some lock with an old screw from a swing machine
and others close with a brassscrew.  











Monday, 26 February 2018

" Display stands "

   Weight display stands
   A small series of 3 display stands upcycled with antique weight in brass and steel rods for earrings or a necklace for the bigger one. Two other display stands with clips to hold a price, a card or a post card. This two last one are upcycled with small weights, steel rods & clip from old electric parts. 
                                       

 


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Bracelets & rings / New collection

              
                New forged bracelets 
        

                  First bracelets of the year. This time I received a Remington adding machine 
               from the 40's & had in stock a unbilted Remington Rand type writer from 1939.
               Out of the steel rods founded in those vintage machines I forged a séries of 9 
               bracelets with the adding machine and 2 bracelets with the typewriter. The 
               bottom picture show's you a bracelet of each collection. Adding machine on 
               the right & type writer on the left.  



The forged ring collection

  The forged ring collection is based on nails
from palettes rechaped into rings at the forge.
This year I  collected nails with striped patten
on them which after forging remained on the
steel. They are well patinated in black, and the
patina dose not fade away. Eventually if the
ring is worn every day, it will after some time
start to loose it patina to reveal  the shiny steel.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

invitation / private sales


   This is an invitation to Tabito Jewelry private sales. Be the most welcome to visit us. As well for those that follow the work of the forge ,with the different lamps, " présentoir" and bizarre containers, will have the opportunity to see a big part of all those objects. Many of them are already part of the Salon Vélasquez and more will be used as display and lighting during the private sales.  

Display case & bizarre containers.





Small vintage travel case transformed into a small
jewellery display. On the right a series of 2 containers
made from Bakelite electic sockets & binocular parts.
 Upcycling.
   A travel case fitted with a part of an old printers drawer, a little forged hook on the top right part of the case and linen fabric applied on isolation board so has to be abel to pin easily in it. This case and peintres drawer have founded a new fonctionality.
  The two peculiar containers  are containers that contain an other smaller container. For one an old ceramic pile case and for the other one an  antique Japanese glass flasque. Both bigger containers are assembled with parts coming from old theater binoculars and bakelite eclectric sockets with some decorative brass screws. Those objects are parts of a long series of containers in the same style.  

Monday, 20 November 2017

All seasons " Présentoire "


All seasons " Présentoire "



 A small but very useful stand to present earrings in all seasons. Composed of a steel base & clamp which allows to fix a tree branch of your choice according to the season.  

Monday, 23 October 2017

" Présentoir "


  New " présentoir "



  For post cards & visiting cards to fit next to the casher of Salon Velasquez in Brusels. Order made " présentoir " in steel & forged steel rods, on which I applied a black patina and waxed. The object is totaly Assembled with screws. The different parts are forged rods, steel square or rectangulaire bars, a few screws & a steel plate. As usual in all the object I make, every part can be desaembled allowing to eventually reuse each part for an other purpose. Infact this time the feets of this object are " rerecycled " originally forged out of a recycle renforcent bar, I never used them for the purposes they were forged for to finally find they purpose in this object.
   


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Containers


                               

Containers series.

  4 upcycled containers in brass & glass, designed to 
contain any thing . Made from parts coming from old binoculaire, screws coming from rods that were used 
to hold carpets on stairs & a picture of 1955 of a 
giraffe. 

  This series of 4 is a continuity of a long series of 
containers made mainlly from different brass &
 glass part.  The series has started with glass and 
different screws. It evoluated into the use of old brass 
electric sockets to now move on to brass binocular 
parts . They are not forged and they are not jewellery . 
How ever they could be concidered has jewellry for men.
  

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Lamps / forge & vintage


  Tall forged Lamp.

   175 cm. tall forged lamp in steel brass and glass. Oirginaly made to light up our jewellery with day light bulbs. This lamp has been made with a heavy part coming from a tractor break for the base, 2 forged reenforcement steel rods on which the lights are fixed. The 2 lights are an assembly of vintage glass lamp shades, vintage brass electric sockets and binocular parts. One of the lamps is fix & the other can be rotated in different directions.

 Small Assembled Lamp 






  Smaller lamp in steel, brass & glass. This lamp is an assembly of a very heavy steel part on which different steel and brass pipe are screwed together. On top of that is fixed with 3 screws the rest of the  lamp which originally came from a bedside lamp that was broken, it basically need a new feet. 
At the end the 2 lamps give a very cosy atmospher.