Let’s make a frying pan. Today, I make a frying pan that is shaped with a special hammer. It was my dream to own an original frying pan and the dream come true. I hope you enjoy this video, and now let’s get started. So this time I visited Atelier Metal Neko which is located in Sayama-shi, Saitama-ken, to make an original frying pan. This atelier’s owner Mr. Kaneko makes a number of pieces using iron, and hosts iron frying pan workshops for more people to find the beauty of iron used in everyday living supplies. It’s such an outstanding activity. I’m so lucky that I could find this workshop. Before getting started with physical labour, I was able to ask the origin and the current situation of iron products in Japan. Weapon craftsmen started to make living supplies, however, current iron manufactory is shifting to mass production, and privately owned stores are going out of business year by year. This situation is happening not only in iron manufactory, but can be said to all fields. I wonder what will happen in the future. For those who is interested in the details, I will upload long version of this video soon, so please check the video. Now let’s get started with making frying pan. First, I wear leather apron and groves and safety goggles. Here is the iron sheet which will be used for frying pan. Thankfully, I can puttts… I can put an initial in alphabet, so I curved “GEN.” Let’s dive in to heating the iron sheet. These are cokes derived from drying and heating limestones. The temperature can be higher than using chacoal, so it works better with melting metals, I believe. Please excuse my lack of explanation. Heat cokes with a burner, and speed up heating by ventilating from underneath. Now we heat the iron sheet. I replied to Mr. Kaneko with a full of spirit just like when I was in an athletic club. Gen: Should I hammer this quick? Mr. Kaneko: Yes, that’s good. Mr. Kaneko: That’s good. Mr. Kaneko: You could see the bend, right? Gen: Ohh, I see! We gradually make the bend. Mr. Kaneko: About this size of the part will be the surface. Gen: OK. Mr. Kaneko: Let’s make the body from here. Gen: OK. Gen: OK. Gen: Oh, so now we will hammer this from the outside? Mr. Kaneko: Exactly. This is the process of making body bend and stretching iron sheet. I stretch out iron sheet with a wooden hammer on a rounded mold. Sorry that I put blur on the mold as it’s Mr. Kaneko’s original. Change the angle of strike points and gradually stretch out the iron. Mr. Kaneko: Strike parallel to the mold. Gen: Ohh! I see. At this point, I have already hammered about one hour, and I can feel my arms with full of lactic acid. Don’t bother my bad strikes. I heard there are a number of lady customers, and I wonder if all ladies in this world have body like that of Iris Kyle. Only a few might know Iris Kyle. Mr. Kaneko: When you strike iron, imagine you stretch out the excess to the part where iron is less, it’s easier to shape. Gen: By you mean stretch out, to which part should I stretch out iron…? Mr. Kaneko: For example, Mr. Kaneko: Right now, we’re trying to stretch iron from the top to the bottom, so strike from the top to the bottom, and stretch out iron to the bottom. Gen: Oh, to the bottom. I see, I see! Mr. Kaneko: Strike like this, and it’s easier to fix shape. I know in my head, but it’s hard to do so. I really admire pros. Mr. Kaneko usually makes frying pan about 6 or 7 per day. I’m so surprised, seriously. Mr. Kaneko: For finish, the rim part, strike from this angle. Gen: I should make here round, correct? Mr. Kaneko: Strike the rim and the bottom part of the body. Gen: OK! Gen: I used all sorts of frying pan and found that the performance of frying pan really differs. This is the iron sheet shaped in 3 hours. There are still roughness and the handle is uneven, but it’s getting closer to look like a frying pan. Gen: Should I make here deeper? Mr. Kaneko: Yes. Gen: This part? Mr. Kaneko: Yes. Gen: Did I strike too much? Mr. Kaneko: No problem. Gen: Does it look good? Mr. Kaneko: Let’s strike from this side and stretch out creases. Gen: OK. In this procedure, I strike from inside and try to eliminate roughness and creases. What do you think? It’s getting rounder. Mr. Kaneko: Let’s start making surface Gen: Sure! Mr. Kaneko: Right now, this frying pan is placed on an iron plate and its surface might look flat. Mr. Kaneko: Hear this. Gen: I can hear a light sound. There is a gap between the ground and the place where it makes a light sound. Strike until the sound becomes even. Note that if you strike too near to the edge, the body you made will become flat. Mr. Kaneko: And then turn over the frying pan, strike the edge from outside. Strike from the outside to make the surface more flat. Mr. Kaneko: Try to make it balanced. Mr. Kaneko: Go ahead. Gen: Oh, it’s heavy. To be continued! This video is filmed with permission from relevant parties. For those who will join this workshop, filming is basically prohibited. I put a link below, so please check if you’re interested.