How long have you been at the bench?
About two years.
Do you make your living doing bench work?
Do you work for a retail jeweler?
Do you work for yourself?
Do you do both? ( outside / side work)?
How did you start your training?
Classes at my local community college.
Workshops through my local metal arts guild.
Instructional videos and DVDs (purchased).
The Rio series of Craftsy classes.
Books (LOTS of books).
How do you continue your training?
Continue to take classes and workshops as they are offered, re-viewing my video and DVD library as well as re-reading my many books. And, of course, practice, practice, practice.
Do you see yourself as a designer?
Yes, but a beginning one.
Do you see yourself as having a viable and profitable future in this business?
Viable, yes. Profitable? I hope so.
What skill sets will improve your financial future?
Getting better at design, and practice, practice, practice at achieving a professional finish and result.
Who sets standards to whom you aspire?
So many! Tom Ferrero, Andy Cooperman, to name two. Outside of jewelry-making, Keith Newstead.
In what manner, do you see Ganokskin, as a community, forwarding your skills?
Lots of information not available anywhere else. Small tidbits that can make a world of difference in one's work.
Do you see the value in expanding the Ganokskin skill base?
How do you suggest this be accomplished?
I'm not sure how to go about it. More videos like Gerry Lewy's, perhaps? I also really like the short series Mr. Lewton-Brain recently posted about (though I realize those are not through Ganoksin).