Some of my professional qualifications include a University of Sussex Post-Graduate Diploma (Distinction) in the Conservation/ Restoration of Fine Metalwork from the internationally renowned West Dean College in England, the Sidney Sanders Charitable Trust Prize (awarded to those in the craft, trade or profession of silversmith, goldsmith or horologist) and The British Decorative Ironwork Foundation "Achievement Award", presented to students in acknowledgent of their skill, knowledge and professionalism. So you can be guaranteed of the finest work outside of Japan. Cleaning and conservation of objects to museum standard is also undertaken with written condition reports available.
In addition, I have been most fortunate in having been encouraged and helped by some of the most influential figures in the world of Japanese arms and armour. Most notable is Mr Ian Bottomley, formally of the Royal Armouries Museum, without whose help and encouragement I would never have obtained what I thought was impossible for a "Gaijin". Also at the Royal Armouries I have been involved in some memorable work including being filmed sword making for the Yorkshire television series ‘Decisive Weapons’ and assisting Mr Bottomley (behind the scenes) with the Shinto priests from the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, Japan with their fantastic ‘Yabusame’ (Mounted archery) display held at the ‘Tiltyard’ at the Royal Armouries in 2001.
I have made, conserved and restored many beautiful pieces for some of the most respected private collectors and fine art dealers in England, France, Belgium, USA, Canada, South Africa, Hong Kong and Japan. In addition, I am a conservator/ restorer for the largest international auction house in the world. I am also a member of the Nihon Katchû Bugu Kenkyû Hozon Kai (NKBKHK), the society for the study and preservation of Japanese arms and armour.
All my work is entirely bespoke, traditional, hand crafted and of the highest quality (absolutely no modern mass produced metal fittings or castings). I use only the finest quality, historically accurate raw materials, obtained directly from specialist sources in Japan, including special Japanese soft metal alloys, like Shakudo, Kuromi-do etc) so you can be sure of fine attention to detail and authenticity, fit for the purpose of using on historic Japanese armour, swords and related accoutrements from all periods of Japanese history.
The best restoration and conservation, as will be shown in these pages, will enhance the value of an item as well as preserving its historical legacy for future generations of collectors, prolonging the life of the work. Bad restoration by unqualified so called professional "restorers" will destroy value and alter significantly the historic work of past generations of master crafstmen and women, that produced many of these fine and unique pieces of art.