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.
Knowledge is essential and the obligation of every student of Japanese Art. Education need not, for every student, be developed in published form, though such endeavors are more within every student's means than most would suspect. Education of care, open communication, curiosity, unselfish use of knowledge, and mutual support and respect, is required of everyone who would aspire to be a real student.
Japanese Arts are not only functional but represent an art form made by people in the pursuit of perfection who did not accept limitations. This kind of desire to produce the best possible object is something I respect and admire. Every piece of art has something to teach; it is like a library, no matter how many books you read there is no substitute for art which displays what the books can only reference. Yet, on the other hand you may not understand a 'work of art' without reference material or the teaching of someone with knowledge of that piece. It makes learning the basics even more important in order to stay clear of the self-proclaimed "experts" who have an answer to everything and true knowledge of nothing.
TSUBA COLLECTIVE & GAKKO
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 16 (1946) 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.
Robert Haynes has aquired THE ALEXANDER G. MOSLE JOSHU KANEIE TSUBA. Robert is presenting HERE his only Hakogaki about this fine tsuba.
A Collaboration of Robert E. Haynes and Elliott D. Long
ShibuiSword 'Handmade' Accessories
Wood Sword Stands
Shibui Swords Toshokan
UPDATED March 1st, 2013
Shibui Swords Primer of Japanese Art History
is a meditative ritual involving a group of participants and a gathering of objects, the ultimate purpose of which is to reveal the profound sacredness at the foundation of the everyday acts of our lives: of eating, drinking, moving and interacting with people and objects. It is a lesson in the art of living fully and deeply, experiencing and gratefully appreciating the everyday miracles of existence.
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