Back to Ganoksin | FAQ | Contact

BenchExchange - Official Ganoksin version!

Hi Folks,

Hanuman has apparently been working as hard as I have, and has
published the “official” Orchid version of the BenchExchange project,
as it has come to be known. I have to admit, it looks pretty darn
nice! Check it out:

For ongoing submission, please use the “submit” feature on the
official page. Our benevolent host will be handling the image
processing, and such! I’d really like to thank everyone for the
enthusiastic participation and kind words. It will be fun to watch
this grow and become a favorite stop in the Orchid world!

All the best,


Dave Sebaste
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)

All, I can’t believe it! I figured most benches would be so neat and
mine such a mess that no one would believe it was a jeweler’s bench!
Now that I see the ‘gallery of messy benches’ I feel comfortable that
I would fit right into just about any of them. Unfortunately, don’t
have my digital camera yet (hopefully by next month) and 'snail pics’
simply take too long, so doubt if I will be sending another mess for
you all to look at. What I enjoyed most is seeing the faces of those
people we talk with regularly on Orchid but have never met.

That was an excellent idea Dave. What else have you up your sleeve?
Cheers from Don at The Charles Belle Studio in SOFL where simple
elegance IS fine jewelry. @coralnut1

Hello Orchidland, What a kick! It was great to see so many benches
and messes. Although I know the person using the bench/mess knows
perfectly where each tool lies and never loses anything. I
really enjoyed seeing the owners of the benches and will check back
to see then mine shows its ugly face on the site! Really cool
concept Dave. Thanks for taking it on and thanks also to Hanuman
for his support and encouragement. Judy in Kansas where we’ve
finally seen some decent rainfall along with some interesting storms
and… yes… tornados.

Judy M. Willingham, R.S.
Biological and Agricultural Engineering
237 Seaton Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS 66506
(785) 532-2936

Hi Dave, What fun! If I had a digital camera, I’d participate.
Since I don’t, I thought I’d instead describe the one item on my
bench that I suspect distinguishes it from most others: There’s a
big upside-down roasting pan smack dab in the middle of it. Why, you
ask? To protect the works-in-progress underneath from becoming
playthings for two cats :-)!


What a fantastic idea. Now I will have to get some good shots of my
new studio just so I can show it off . I have pictures of my
old studio on my site and have been meaning to replace them with new
photos so this will be just the “shove” I need - as soon as I get
back to Ohio next week.

Thanks Dave for the suggestion and Hanuman for hosting the pages!

Nancy Bernardine-Widmer
Bernardine Fine Art Jewelry

Aha! A roasting pan what a great idea.

Here is the studio moment I wished to capture with my nonexistent
digital camera: My bench is the Frei and Borrel double bank that
looks like the one advertised on the back of Metalsmith. Because my
space is limited, on top of

the bench is my belt sander, two lamps, my soldering setup
(crock-pot and all), and a 10mm rolling mill, and, of course, hand
tools and unfinished projects. This whole setup sits in front of a
window that looks out onto grass, fruit trees, and … here’s the
picture part … tons of deer. Watching what looks like Bambi and his
mother eating flowers three feet from

my bench makes me want to forget about my big-city dreams of late.
That is … until just this moment as I type this and my attention is
forced back to

the cat, who has just run in the door with a live lizard and let it
go. Aahh , nature.

Karin Worden
near Monterey, CA