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Fred E. Zweig

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About Fred E. Zweig

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  • Birthday 12/10/1949

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    Tucson, Arizona
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    Handworked metal in all its aspects. I love the process of creation even more than the finished product.
  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 us
  6. 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. 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 th
  8. 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. 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 t
  10. 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. 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. 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 Fu
  13. 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. So glad that you decided to post images of your exquisite work..... Thanks, Fred
  15. 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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