The instructor of my metal-smith/jewelry
making/Princess-of-Fire-and- Silver-in-the-making (can I use that
moniker, Jo?) class is an artist from an age gone by. From what I
understand, she has studied under some great names in this business,
back before they were great. She teaches techniques that are not old
fashioned, but more like they are original techniques. I’m not sure,
since I’m so new at this, but some of the things I’ve read in books
by, say, Tim McCreight, get to the same result, but in a different
manner. She is very facinating and I’m glad to have her as an
She gave us a list of items that we might want in our tool box; a
list of items she has relied on for years. One of the items is called
a Tamashanter stone or a Scotch stone. I am not sure of the spelling.
She said it is used for polishing, somewhere in the middle of the
’stepping down in grits’ process. She said she used to buy them from
a man in England or Scotland (she’s quite old and can’t remember
which), but he is no longer in business and she can’t find them any
longer. She is not computer savvy, so I have looked online for her,
but to no avail. Like I said before, I’m not sure I’m spelling it
right. It may be an Ireland stone, for all I know. I’m asking all the
pooled knowledge here for her (and me, too).
Has anyone heard of this, does anyone have one (or many) and where
can I get one/some?