Mokume gane is a decorative metal that is made by fusing different non-ferrous metals together through heat and pressure. Different makers use different metals.
Mike Sakmar specializes in mokume made from fusing varying combinations of:
Mokume gane was developed by the Japanese in Feudal Japan. The man given credit for initially creating mokume gane is Denbei Shoami who lived from 1651 to 1728. Mokume gane translates from Japanese as “wood grain metal” and was named thus based on the obvious, how it looks.It was brought to the West in the 1970s and 1980s mostly through the effort and work of Hiroko Sato Pijanowski and Eugene Michael Pijanowski.