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Thomas L. Buck
Work for me includes teaching, research, and antiques.
Duluth, MN
I have been collecting and studying the Japanese Art Sword for over thirty years, acquiring my first Samurai Sword in October, 1975. In 1987, with the guidance of Dr.W.Y.Takahashi, Sensei, I began a three year intensive study/apprenticeship of the restoration and preservation techniques of John Grimmitt and Takahiro Ichinose, concentrating my research on Tsukamaki and Japanese Lacquerware. Since 1988, I have been performing restoration work on tsuka for various institutions, private collectors, and dealers. In particular, from the fall of '91 until the spring of '96, I performed all of the tsuka restoration work for the Fred Lohman Company. Currently, I still enjoy both the privilege of doing self-directed, and expertly supervised, restoration and appraisals, as well as the autonomy to research distinctive Japanese art objects of my particular interest.