Ford Hallam

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Gender Male
Industry Arts
Occupation metal artist
Location Torquay, Devon, United Kingdom
Introduction I'm a Classically trained artist metalworker. My initial training was as a Goldsmith in the European tradition. I served a 5 year apprenticeship and subsequently travelled to Japan to research the Japanese decorative metal working tradition associated with the Japanese Sword. I now work almost exclusively out of my adopted tradition.
Interests Good food, excellent things...almost anything as long as it is really inspiring in terms of human endeavour or passion.
Favorite Movies The Scent of Green Papaya, directed by Anh Hung Tran, 1994 I suppose I must admit to at least one mandatory Samurai movie. The one I appreciate most is called "The twilight Samurai" in English, rubbish title in my opinion. It's called "Tasogarei Seibei" in Japanese. The lead role is played by Hiroyuki Sanada who is probably better known ( and loved ) for that memorable scene in "The last samurai" where that little American bloke ( I forget his name ) gets the crap beaten out of him in the mud and the rain. In fact these two films represent two utterly different conceptions of the samurai class. They are set about 10 years apart, the Japanese film being ever so slightly earlier in history. The reality, humanity and authenticity of Tasogarei Seibei is also far more compelling, as is the aesthetic if the work. The best bit of "The last samurai" was the lead female role, Koyuki. What an exquisite image she portrayed. Although I cringed at the supposed relationship that develops between her and the little bloke.
Favorite Music here's a bit of an lovely wife bought me Pink's latest album for xmas, been enjoying that...and Paolo Nutini.
Favorite Books I don't think I could list my favourite books. I tend to have a few on the go at any given time. These are on my bedside table at the moment;, The never ending days of being dead - (Dispatches from the front lines of science) by Marcus Chowan, The Shock Doctrine - The rise of disaster capitalism by Naomi Klein, Cultural Amnesia by Clive James, Genesis Machines - The new science of biocomputing by Martyn Amos

The children are waiting! Please tell them the story about the bald frog with the wig:

That's not a's a request! The big clue is the absence of a question mark at the end of the sentence. I don't know....I blame the teachers! ;-)