Monday, July 11, 2011

Japanese Inlay Workshop Recap



This past weekend, Momoko Okada Sanderson introduced seven attentive students to three basic Japanese inlay techniques.





The basic techniques covered were line inlay, dot inlay and nunome, an overlay technique which allows for the attachment of metal foils to other metal surfaces without heat or adhesives.


Each technique required the use of special handmade hammers and chisels, which students received a set of in their very special tool kits made by Momo, along with a sampling of Japanese alloys to experiment with both during and after the workshop. Here's a video clip of Momo preparing her brass to receive the silver foil for nunome using a straight chisel:

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Momoko is moving to Japan next month, but we hope to have her back at least once a year to continue her workshop series on Japanese metalsmithing techniques.

Domo arigato gozaimasu from all of us, Momo!

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