image Box of mokumegane made of gold, silver and copper with cutout inlay. “Shore with rough waves”

Box of mokumegane made of gold, silver and copper with cutout inlay. “Shore with rough waves”

Biko Hayashi

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Smithing

On an indented section of a wooden stand, a flat piece of metal is beaten with a wooden mallet so it can be bent. After this, variously shaped iron bars known as ategane are poked toward the wooden platform to create a form gradually. A piece of metal must be beaten tens of thousands of times to create a single finished work.

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Embossing

Starting with a sheet of metal, you use a wide range of implements and beat it from both the front and the back many times to create a three-dimensional form. Some are highly pronounced three-dimensional forms, while others are shallow reliefs like those seen on brooches and kimono sash ornaments.

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image Biko Hayashi

Biko Hayashi

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  • / Full member, Japan Kogei Association

In the world of metalcraft, I have earned high recognition as an artist specializing in the tankin (hammering) technique for hard materials such as stainless steel; however, in recent years, I h・・・

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