I posted the following three videos on YouTube. (This page was first posted on October 31, 2020, and reposted on November 1 with two additional photos and captions.)
In the above video, I sneaked into my father’s studio and briefly recorded him while he carved a piece of material. (Our conversations were in Japanese.)
This video is a close-up of my father carving. Just like the first one, this video is short, but you can see how he uses the type of carving knives known as hidari-ba.
These are the tools he used in the above videos.
This is the carving area of his studio, and most of these carving knives were made by himself. The blades are shaped differently, and used according to a purpose or area of carving.
The blades are so small and fine that it is hard to distinguish them unless seen closely. My father says that, when making knives, he selects certain kinds of wood for handles and make each handle look somewhat unique so that he can easily identify the one he wants to use. This has a lot to do with the next video.
In this video, my father explains the shapes and materials of the handles of his carving knives. (Facebook livestream in Japanese on October 31, 2020).