This is an appeal, not for me, but for a worthy group of women in
Mexico who are learning to make jewelry and lifting themselves and
their families out of poverty. Their alternative is to work long
hours for low pay in unskilled agriculture jobs. Laura Brito (a
sometimes poster on Orchid), is a US ex-pat who is teaching these
ladies in a small community workshop that she built, and has
dedicated herself to this endeavor.
Her workshop has some tools (thanks in part to the generosity of
Richard Hart), but is growing and is still in need. Shipping to
Mexico is expensive, but I am going to visit her at the end of May
and hope to pack my suitcases with donated tools for the workshop.
I’m sure that many of you are like me and have some extra tools
laying around. If they are in working condition, we would be
immensely grateful if you would mail them to me so I can deliver
them to her. If you are located in the Phoenix area, I would be
happy to pick them up.
The workshop is in need of many different hand tools, and almost
anything would be appreciated. However, they are specifically in
Quality hammers, planishing, chasing, etc. (they only have hardware
store variety), Quality pliers and cutters, Forming tools, stakes,
mandrels etc., Full size files, Bezel tools, Flexshaft, burs and
accessories, Small practice stones for setting (cabs and faceted) 4-8
mm, Used working laptop (hopefully with wi-fi), Books on making
jewelry (books with pictures are helpful with the language
difference), Of course, cash donations and silver or gold scrap are
always welcome!! LOL
If you have any questions, I can be reached at [jamieweb at
kingdirectemail dot com] and Laura can be reached at [beadaholic at
Tools can be mailed to (USPS preferred because they won’t leave if
7314 E Brisa Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85266
I know that this group is generous and I thank you very much in