What are metalwork?

Japanese metalwork refers to traditional crafts that are made from gold, silver, iron, bronze, tin, and other metals. There are three major techniques used to make metalwork: "tankin" or forging involves shaping the metal with a hammer, "chukin" or casting involves pouring molten metal into a mold, and "chokin" or engraving involves carving patterns using a kind of chisel called "tagane". Metal crafts let you enjoy varying colors and textures due to the different luster and feel of the materials, as well as the natural changes they undergo through use or the passage of time.