It is a center in Japanese metalworking, and it is a groundbreaking enterprise that has 127 years of history of precious metal manufacturing "Ginza Tanaka" is a firm with innovative expertise. The venerable provider continues to propose impeccable works made of quality-first metals, which is designed to carry on with the techniques developed by former craftsmen and to pass skills to future generations. Ginza Tanaka strives to add artistic merit to the intrinsic value of the metal by creating beautiful objects. The firm has been producing precious metal parts from tableware to Buddhist statues as well as altar fittings since the 1980s.
In this endeavor, Ginza Tanaka has three objectives: to support traditional craftsmen with steadily increasing numbers; to maintain their techniques alive for future generations and to introduce its craft traditions to the wider world. Ginza Tanaka supplies the craftsmen, like Konan Ishiguro, with precious metals that give them opportunities to use their expertise to achieve these goals.
How is the process functioning? First, craftsmen heat as well as hammer a sheet of precious metal into a container shape to make the intended layout provisional markings. Next, they work in concave-convex pairs with burins. They press a short burin with a pointed tip against the inside of the ship, then, finding the exact place from the inside the tip pushes, "cap" it from the outside with the concave end of the sticklike burin. Then they start with a hammer to hit the flat end of the stick burin.
That is more easy to say than to do. The master craftsman has to rely solely on his fingertips and his sensitivity, to feel the metal for the pointing tip which he pushes from within and capsizes with absolute precision. Once Ishiguro drops his steel hammer gently and strikes the burin, the machine operates under pressure. If the smallest mistake happens, it will not be possible to replace it.
Reading about these meticulous methods makes you aware of the time and effort the craftsman spends in every cup. Ginza Tanaka is genuinely working hard to ensure a revived future for the masters, their skills and the entire precious metals industry, thanks to such traditional techniques of Japanese craftsmanship
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