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My cousin, Ford, used to be a jeweller (served a five year apprenticeship to become a fully qualified goldsmith). But in the mid-80s he struck out in a new direction and now is the only non-native artist to have been adopted into Japan’s ancient decorative metalworking tradition. He is insanely talented (as is his younger brother) and he is very well paid for his talents. The following links are to parts one and two of a documentary that was made last year following him as he recreated a, now missing, tsuba[1] by Hagia Katsuhira, an Edo period[2] master.

Part 1 here and part 2 is here. Each part is around 13 minutes long.

[1]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_sword_mountings#Tsuba
[2]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edo_period

edited to add a bit I missed.
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