'Handmade Portraits: The Swordmaker'

In the same vein as the video I linked to last Friday, this video features one of the last remaining Japanese swordsmiths, Korehira Watanabe.

He tells the story of how the last 40 years of his life have been spent honing his craft as he attempts to recreate a legendary type of sword known as Koto, of which the manufacturing secrets have been lost for several hundred years.

Not only is this another example of a master craftsman doing what he does best, but an inspiring story of someone so dedicated to their craft that they are willing to spend their entire lives trying to get it right, even at the expense of being disowned by their family.

That kind of passion seems all too rare these days.