(2000) This one was a bit different; no cameras came to my workroom - I went to the TV studios. I was invited by NHK to show my then new Surimono Album series on the early morning news program IttoRokken. I had to be in their studio very early in the morning to set everything up, and then after a short rehearsal we all stood by watching the second hand of the clock tick up to the starting time ... yes, it was live! (5 minutes ... about 8.7Mb)
The 'Woodblock Shimbun' has a full selection of TV programs on file. Videos available include some of David's news appearances, complete feature programs, and some short documentaries on his work. The files are in QuickTime format, and can be easily viewed with your browser.
Program listings are on the Index page ...
Carving a Career From an Ancient Japanese Craft
David Bull, a 41-year-old Canadian university
dropout born in England who used to program computers and play the
flute on the street, anticipates one day finding himself revered as a
master practicioner of an ancient Japanese craft. But it took him 35
years to hit upon that uncommon ambition. (1993)
Recapturing Edo Images
Squatting in front of a photocopy of an ukiyo-e print in the light from a 50-watt bulb, David Bull puts his carving knife carefully to a block of cherry wood. Under his blade, the image of an elaborately robed Heian minister slowly begins to emerge. "The hardest thing about making woodblock prints is the carving of intricate lines - you have to be able to use your knife like a brush in order to do justice to the fine lines," Bull says. (1989)
A Traditional Woodblock Printer
Surrounded by carving tools, brushes and bowls of
pigment, he spends hours absorbed in the exacting work that has
become both a passion and a ten-year project. A Canadian who moved to Tokyo in 1986, David Bull
has made an extensive effort to learn and practice woodblock
printmaking as it was mastered in Edo-era Japan. He is currently
producing a series of woodblock prints using designs by the famous
Ukiyo-e artist Katsukawa Shunsho. The theme is the 100 poets of old
Japan (Hyakunin Isshu) and in four years he has completed 40 of them.
He expects to finish the collection in 1998. (1992)