In the Edo periods, Takaoka city was known for the metal industry. There is a lot of craftsmen. They made pots, vases, kettles, and Buddhist fittings. Shimatani Syouryu Koubou Inc. was one such company. Founded in the Meiji era in the year 1909, and from one generation to the next, the craftsman were dedicated to making the Rin (Buddhist bell) from a single piece of brass by hand. More than a hundred kinds of tools such as hammer, anvil, and backing metal were used for each process. Their works can be found in the Eiheiji Temple in Fukui and Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto.
Suzugami is a collection of metal trays that are crafted from the age-old technique of metal hammering. The result is a flat piece of metal that invites its owner to transform it into a unique piece of sculpture.