George Sawyer’s initial foray into metalworking wasn’t through jewelry; rather, his first job out of college was with a company that designed and built racecars. There, he learned a number of metalworking techniques from some of the best metalworkers in the world. He began jewelry making on a lark--looking for an after-work diversion, he took a jewelry making course and quickly fell in love with the practice. Soon, he had left his job building cars to become a full-time jewelry designer and fabricator.
His interest in innovative metalworking led him to study Mokume Gane, a Japanese technique that roughly translates to “wood-grain metal.” In Mokume, the metalworker laminates layers of metal, rolls and flattens them, then folds and forges them down again. This process allows for different colors and layers of metal to come to the surface, creating it’s namesake wood-grain patterns.
To learn more about George Sawyer and Mokume Gane, visit his website.
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