I have now one more day before my surgery (3rd, in 4 years) so I
figured I had some time to myself. what did I do? I went to my bench
& created 3 more designs for my jewellery line.
I had many wax impressions cast 3 months ago of “odds 'n ends”. I
always go through the casters sample-line & let my mind wander. I’m
not copying, but directing my focus on how I can re-arrange these
plain boring forms, but very tastefully.
‘Out of one pattern, can become many’. By looking at a good wax-form,
it starts yelling at me…“use me, use me!”.:>) I would be totally
depressed if I had to give up my bench, I find this so-o calming! Do
other folks on Orchid feel the same way?..Gerry Lewy
Gerry, I am so sorry you will be undergoing yet another surgery.
However, once that is over, you will be back at your bench and
teaching, and all will be well again. Yes, you are so right about
the calmingeffect of working at ones bench. I send you my best
wishes for a very speedy recovery. Alma
It’s now 3:00 a. m. and starting my slow proces of recovering from
foot surgery. When my pain-reducing pills wear off I’m woken up to
take more… Then I open up my “Tablet” and read my Orchid. This is
my therapy, no one outside of my immediate world would appreciate
the need of reading such forums.
So why do I? I see so many new & active benches being used. This
also the new galleries of creations. By the time I finish my Orchid
daily readings, the new batch of pain reducings pills are just
starting. I got 2 weeks of laying flat & foot raised 24/7.
On a brighter note, this is my 3rd major surgery in 4 years. Nothing
slows us jewellers/setters down. I just can’t wait to sit at my
bench again, we have gold in our veins, not blood…
Thank G-d for Orchid, laying flat isn’t easy to write,…22 minutes
to write this letter, but it’s worth it. fond regards to everyone!
Hang in there Gerry, you know it gets better. In a sitting position,
I used a beard board to support some of my tools, and made little
things I needed to use on bigger pieces. Surprising how those little
things like making ear wires and such can back up. I caught up on all
my little stuff while my new knee decided if it liked me.
Also I find metal smithing/jewelry making very calming. my motto for
decades has been, “A hanner, an anvil, and a blow torch are better
than Prozac for teenagers!”