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Fred E. Zweig

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  • Birthday 12/10/1949

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    Handworked metal in all its aspects. I love the process of creation even more than the finished product.
  1. Japanese Mixed Metal Cigarette Case Technique Conundrum.

    These are created by butt soldering the pieces together with high temp solder (brazing). You will note a solder seam on some examples. I own a few of these in my collection. Some are geometric and others are landscape scenes. Metalsmiths call this technique "marriage of metals". Fred
  2. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    Elisa, I am glad that you were able to post the images from the workshop and to share your experiences. My students will be working mostly with iron base and we will also explore the inlay of wire. This is a 5 day workshop that I am teaching and hope they will fully develope an understanding of the process. We will be rusting the iron and then blackening it after we do the encriustation of the softer metal. I will share the results as well. I am also exploring a finer form of nunome zogan with a narrower tagane and closer lines. I hope to be able to teach this many more times. Fred
  3. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    Elisa, We look forward to hearing about your workshop and seeing images. I am currently preparing for my workshop in Southern California in the Summer. Best, Fred
  4. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    Elisa, Your nunome zogan workshop is occuring soon. Please take pictures and post them for us to view. I suspect what you have to offer will be well received. Best of luck! Fred
  5. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    I would love to see a discussion about the different chisels used in nunome zogan. I have always used a chisel just like the one Elisa is using and at a slight angle to the base metal. Cross hatching in three directions. Each successive direction using slightly lighter blows. I know that there is a more delicate method in which chisel with more acute angles is used and the chisel is held perpendicular to the base metal. I believe a lighter blow is required to make the cuts in the metal. I would love to hear folks opinions on this. I would also like to hear about the thickness of metal used and gauge of wire used. It would be nice to share the steps used and tools used to push the metal in and methods used to burnish it and finally to color the base metals. This could be a valuable resource for those interested. I will gladly share whatever I know and discover. Fred
  6. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    Here is a the link to Comokin website with the hammers. http://translate.goo...kae_cW7yD5JdZ1w and tagane http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http://www.comokin.co.jp/shopbrand/004/X/&usg=ALkJrhgYdt5Kv8AfiarRi7a8S3DVHmzLHw I have seen clearer images of their printed catalog and do not recall where. Fred
  7. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    Elisa, Tevel has yet to get up a website. This is his mailing address and phone number. Allcraft Jewelry Supply Co 135 W 29th St # 205 New York, NY 10001 (212) 279-7077 Allcraft has several sizes of the hammer and tagane blanks. None of the blue tipped ones yet. He is asking me to advise him what he should order to have on hand. I will have to email him and make requests. Komokin has been sending what they think will sell. I ordered from them over 10 years ago and I had an English copy of their catalog. I believe they now spell their name with a C and no longer a K. I mailed the order and also called them and spoke to an English speaking representative. They were very accomodating and sent quickly. Fred
  8. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    Elisa, Here is the link to the Ando video. This is the man who taught my teacher. I use these steps for the Uchidashi in my work. I blend a bit of Western and Japanesese techniques in my work.
  9. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    Elisa, I have used O1 & H1 steel stock to make the chisel used for Nunome Zogan as well as a mystery steel stock. All preformed well on iron base. All tools require periodic sharpening and I use a hard arkansas stone. I have heard others who use the new diamond honing strips to sharpen their tools. I have not used them yet though I may since I have ordered the blue tipped tagane blanks from Komokin in Japan. I am told that those are HSS and need to be stoned to shape and are not intended to be filed. When Ando taught at the University of California at Fullerton in the late 70's the notes taken by the students and the blanks they used were mostly red tipped and these were flame hardened after shaping. I will be very interested in what Mr. Ando has to say in response to your questions. Thomas, The most of the images in the link are made with the Nunome Zogan technique. Lynnette also took pictures of some married metals examples in my collection. The works done by the Komai family shop were some of the best I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. I am fortunate to have a few examples of their work. I know that I do not have enough years in my life to master the process and still would like to use this technique in my work. Thanks again Elisa for posting this topic, Fred
  10. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    One of my students posted images and comments on the workshop that I last taught. I believe the most difficult is teaching how to shape and sharpen the tagane. http://lynetteandrea...-damascene.html She posted some examples from my personal collection of historic japanese work. Fred
  11. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    Komokin in Japan can supply tagane blanks in both the softer grade steel and hardened HSS. The softer blanks are tipped with red paint and the HSS with blue. Tevel Herbstman of Allcraft in New York has some of the red tipped tagane for sale along with hammers and other traditional Japanese tools. Fred
  12. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    Hi Elisa and all, It has been some time since I have visited the forum and was thrilled to see this topic pop up here. I have been studying and now teaching the process of Nunome Zogan to willing students. I will gladly post whatever I can to help this discussion. Elisa, I believe I saw a listing for a workshop you are teaching in this process. I hope we might be able to share information to further the interest in this process. Did you learn from Satsuo Ando? I am currently reasearching a writting about a workshop taught by Ando during the late 1970s at the Univesity of California at Fullerton. There is a video of Ando on Youtube and can post the link if you have not seen it. Fred
  13. stoning tutorial & index

    Thanks for the tutorial Jim. It is interesting to see you combine old and new techniques to get the results you seek. Best, Fred
  14. Bracket fungi

    So glad that you decided to post images of your exquisite work..... Thanks, Fred
  15. Iron Tsuba

    I make no judgement on the rim. I suspect you intended it to be irregular and I think it adds interest to the design. Well executed and the patina is splendid. Congratulations Jim! Fred
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