There is a fellow I know through our blacksmith's organization who has
done an amazing job of learning the difficult and complex art of
layering metal in forged blades, that origionated with the old master
blade smiths of Japan. Sometimes the layers are several hundred to the
inch , with exquisite swirling patterns not unlike fine suminagashi.
Years ago he was having cards printed up, so I did a sheet of the
tightest patterned sumingashi I could. His card designer did an
effective job of picking a part of the sheet that would allow room for
the information - swirled around by the pattern.
If any of you see a book on damascus steel (the genereic name for
layered steel).....take a look, you'll be delighted at the wonderful
correlation between two very disparite crafts, but from the same
cultural source. Del