Komelia Okim will be giving a workshop for the Seattle Metals Guild
at the end of this month. One of the techniques that she will be
teaching is “Poe-Mok Saang-Gum.”
Here is her description of this technique:
Poe-Mok Saang-Gum is a Korean damascene technique of inlaying foil
and/or wire on mild steel sheet without soldering. The foils or
wires must be very thin, fine metals, 24K gold foil, fine silver
foil and/or copper foil can be milled to a 0.25mm. Mild steel plate
is attached to a metal surface block or on the metal anvil for
chiseling. The mild steel sheet is prepared for inlaying by
chiseling the surface with four-directional cut, lines spaced as
closely as in the tightly woven cloth such as tapestry.
The term “poe-mok saang-gum” derives from “poe-mok” meaning "cloth"
and “saang-gum” meaning, “inlay.” The finished surface resembles a
This is the best explanation of Poe-Mok Saang-Gum that I have seen.