I’m in the early stages of fabricating an eternity ring as presented
in Leonid’s DVD, and I commented in an off-list email to an Orchid
friend that not only did I learn a new fabrication technique from the
DVD, but that I learned some things just by seeing how Leonid used
his bench pin.
My only exposure to others at work has been through a few
instructional DVDs and the college classes I take, and all we have
there are thin bolt-to-the-table bench pins owned by each student,
and a few school-supplied bench pins no one is going to modify.
Charles Lewton-Brain put together a great book on Jewelers’
workbenches that gives easy visual access to scores of different
layouts from all around the world. I wish there was some way a book
or DVD could be compiled showing how a number of jewelers use their
bench pins. Maybe there would be a lot of repetition of ideas, but I
suspect there are a number of useful things to be learned that simply
go unmentioned from lack of exposure.
A collection of still photos of bench pins and some comments might
be of some use, but short video clips of work being done would be
even better. Can anyone think of a practical way to do this? Could
segments of benchtube videos be compiled? Or a list of references
(see benchtube-name about 40 seconds in…)
This seems like a valuable means of teaching / learning that is
hidden from sight.