SHIBUI SWORDS & TSUBA
The Japanese concept of Shibui is a fascination of ultimate beauty. Honorable wear in normal care and use imparts an aura that is the ultimate in desirability. To experience a well preserved work of art (Sword/ Tsuba) that has seen honest wear and use (for which it was intended) and to be able to place it within a recognizable frame of reference is to me the ultimate in collecting.
Welcome to SHIBUI SWORDS & TSUBA. My name is Elliott Long. I became involved
with Antique Japanese Swords in 2004. During this initial study period, my appreciation for another form of Japanese Metal Art (Tsuba) developed. as you will soon realize. There is an essence and a quality about 'Intellectualism' that renews and inspires. In any field of study, it is knowledge that serves to transmit among a single generation of students, as well as from one generation to the next, the values, insights, culture and aesthetics which surround that field. In a field as explicit and highly detailed as Tsuba, education is the means by which the art form under attention is preserved and protected.
TSUBA COLLECTIVE & GAKKO
TSUBA ARTISAN SCHOOL CHARACTERISTICS
Robert E. Haynes
Robert E. (Eugene) Haynes was born October 28, 1930, in Los Angeles, Calif. The only child of Robert E. Haynes and Dorothy Holmes Haynes, both only children. At age 5 he was sent to Flintridge Prep. School near Pasadena, Calif. At age 7 he went to the Calif. Prep School at Ohai, Calif., to the age of 13. The family moved to Santa Cruz, Calif. and Robert then went to the Menlo School at Menlo, Calif. (near Stanford Univ.). At age 15 his father died and he moved with his mother to Pasadena, Calif., for one more year at Flintridge Prep., and his last year of high school at John Muir High School and Junior College in Pasadena. Since his father was both artist and engineer, he drew and designed from an early age. At age 16, in Pasadena, he became an art student, in oil painting and drawing, with Paul Coze. At age 15 (1945) he bought his first tsuba (Japanese sword guard), which began his interest in Japanese art over the next 59 years. At age 20 he went to Korea and was with the 1st Field Artillery Observation Battalion, for a year. He had five days R & R from Korea, and went to Kyoto, where he bought many sword fittings and other Japanese art. To end his army time he was sent to Desert Rock, Las Vegas, for atomic tests, and saw 8 atomic bombs tested.
Robert E. Haynes was presented both this diploma upon completion of his studies with Dr. Torigoye and this certificate of recommendation by Dr. Torigoye.
Rear Admiral Edwin T. Layton's Notebook
Wood Sword Stands
Shibui Swords & Tsuba Toshokan
Shibui Swords Primer of Japanese Art History
See Japanese Ceramics Gallery for Chawan (Tea Bowls)
Shibui Swords Bijutsu Gakko and Study Guide
Articles, papers, essay's and descriptions of Nihon-to, Tsuba, and other subjects are included in the Study Guide along with other educational web-sites.
Study, as I have, the great Unifier's of Japan.
History of Japan, prior to 1900
Pre 1900 Kamakura Japan
"It is said that true beauty is to be found when a person completes in his or her own mind that which is incomplete". "When one considers that action is an expression of spirit, then the way to bring one's actions to a peak of perfection is to refine the heart that lies within".
It is with both pride and humility, my fond hope that this web-site may prove as
stimulating to the viewer as it's production was to me, especially when I
studied the multiform landscape of an ancient culture and the often tragic but
brave attempts of its subjects to cope with the demands of a harsh reality.
Confronted as we are today with social and political turbulence, living under
the moment-to-moment threat of catastrophe, all studies of man's experience in
the art of violent confrontation have acquired a particular relevancy. Almost
everyone seems to agree that we must attempt to determine whether man will be
forever trapped by his apparently constitutional inclination to employ any
method, however lethal, to ensure his dominance over his fellow man, or whether
he may be capable of ritualizing and then ultimately, transforming that pattern.
In this endeavor, thoughtful studies of man's past, with all its pitfalls and
bloody errors, may prove to be a necessary and valuable factor in the final