Mamoru Nakagawa, via Yoshio Ikezaki’s translation, explains the significance of being a Japanese Living National Treasure. He explains the manner in which he creates his own tools and seeks to be innovative, as well as maintain tradition. He discusses his innovative methods and the science of mixing compound metals. He describes his design inspiration, derived from nature and its constant changes. He then explains his philosophy in teaching. Nakagawa discusses the necessity of having clear focus and minimizing distractions in order to concentrate on the production of work.
Video Archive | Compound metals (2)
Nakagawa discusses his method of inlay that provides for smoother surfaces, than inlays relying on glue. He discusses the science of mixing metals into compound metals, in which he must decide which metals to combine, and determine compounds of minerals and the chemical reactions needed to achieve desired colors. His method creates oxidized layers and the desired color changes without interfering in oxidation. His video also shows samples of his work and process.