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Dies (custom-made devices used to shape or cut metal) are essential for the manufacture of many of the products that Tsubame-Sanjo creates.

In this workshop, participants will use a specialized die and press to make their own spoon with guidance from expert die-makers from Takeda Kanagata Seisakusho. Once they have made their spoon, they will then have an opportunity to polish it until it shines using the advanced polishing techniques of Yamazaki Kinzoku Kogyo. 

About the Makers:

Founded in 1978, MGNET produces steel-rule dies as well as small mechanical parts that are easy to handle, high quality and can be quickly delivered. The workshop’s creation ‘Magic Metal’ (a metal plate with protruding characters that seem to vanish when pushed down into the plate) demonstrates the high level of technical mastery that goes into their dies and can be viewed in the Gallery at Japan House.

Founded in 1918, the workshop is devoted to the production of tableware. Their work is imbued by their ethos of ‘The Art of Dining’ and has been recognised globally. The workshop has received OEM orders from many renowned brands in the United States and Europe, and its tableware was used at the 90th Nobel Prize ceremony dinner in 1991.