I am a french swordsmith and I study the japanese swordsmithing tradition for 15 years. I am a self-taught craftsman, learning by my mistakes and sometime by my success. I try to do my best in every step, using the lessons of my master when I was a Chef :
"Each step must be beautiful to look at, there is no hidden labor, all stages of your work must be touched by the light and severely judged by your conscience. In this condition, your learning will not limit, except by the days of your life"
My way, ultimately, is simply to apply this teaching.