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Forming Stakes


#1

Hi all, I’m looking to start up my studio after having left the
comforts of the college studio, and I cannot seem to find any
forming and raising stakes. I know SWEST has a good set but I can’t
find any info on them online.

Does anyone know where would be a good place to find stakes and a
decent anvil?

Thank you!
James Meister


#2
   Hi all, I'm looking to start up my studio after having left the
comforts of the college studio, and I cannot seem to find any
forming and raising stakes.  I know SWEST has a good set but I
can't find any info on them online. 

Try Allcraft in New York, No good web site, you’ll have to actually
call or mail them. good prices, and about anything you’d need.
Contenti also has some standard stuff as well.

SWEST, however, has been out of business for several years. They
were bought out by Stuller, and then closed down. About three years
ago, I think.

Please share with us your experience with Allcraft - delivery speed,
order accuracy, customer service and overall satisfaction. It will
help others to make informed buying decisions!!!

Peter

#3

Does anyone know where would be a good place to find stakes and a
decent anvil?

James, Try Allcraft in NYC. They have a large selection.

Please share with us your experience with Allcraft - delivery speed,
order accuracy, customer service and overall satisfaction. It will
help others to make informed buying decisions!!!

Joel
www.schwalbstudio.com
@Joel_Schwalb


#4

James- SWEST was bought out by Stuller- They don’t carry the forming
stakes though. Try Allcraft Tools- huge selection. Also anyone who
distributes PEPE tools should have them. Good Luck

Cindy Leffler
Manney B’s, Newberg, OR


#5
 Please share with us your experience with Allcraft - delivery
speed, order accuracy, customer service and overall satisfaction.
It will help others to make informed buying decisions!!! 

Mostly, I buy from Allcraft at the annual SNAG conference, where
Tevel’s tables are often covered with a plethora of high quality and
often very hard to find tools. If Frei and Borel and Rio bring out
all the new glitzy stuff, Allcraft has all the old traditional stuff
you thought was no longer available, and perhaps didn’t even know
existed any more. And they do it at prices that are sometimes a third
less than those other companies. Pliers, Files, stakes, hammers, or
the latest fancy German polishing compound. you name it. Tevel will
have it with him or know where to get it.

Now, with that said, dealing with them takes a bit more initiative
than some of us are used to in this web site driven, instant
gratification, customer is always immediately not only right but
instantly served, world. Allcraft is somewhat old fashioned.
Likely, you need to call on the phone or write an actual letter.
And you might have to be willing to actually chat on the phone for a
bit, or wait a few extra days for shipment. In one case, at a
convention, I asked Tevel if he knew where I could still get some
esoteric little thing I’d wished to replace. He wasnt’ sure if it
was avialable or where, but said he’d look. Took him six months,
but sure enough, then an envelope arrived with my item, which he’d
finally managed, I don’t know how, to track down. No other dealer
I’d asked had even been willing to look. And all this for an item
he only charged me two dollars for. Super fast, super glitzy? Nope.
what passes for a catalog is years old, and just zeroxed, if they
even have any to send out. But he’s got the stuff you want, and
charges a very very fair price. Being orthodox, they don’t do
business on Saturday. (At least Tevel and his wife don’t. Not sure
about the main office, but i’d assume it’s the same) But during the
week, you couldn’t ask for a nicer or more honest fellow to supply
you with the tools you need and want. If you see him at a SNAG
convention, be very careful of his display, or you’ll spend four
times what you intended to spend without hardly realizing it.

Peter


#6

Hi James,

If memory serves, SWEST was bought out by Stuller, and no longer
exists as a stand-alone entity. While I’m certain there are other
options, I’ve found the most complete selection of stakes and hammers
from ALLCRAFT in New York City.

From the Orchid archives-

ALLCRAFT:
135 West 29th Street, Room 402, NYC, NY 10001,
Tel: 212-279-7077; 800-645-7124

I found a somewhat sparse Web site:

http://www.allcraft.peachhost.com/default.htm

All the best,

Dave Sebaste
Sebaste Studio
Charlotte, NC (USA)


#7

Hey all,

Check out Contenti in Providence at www.contenti.com for a great
selection of high quality stakes, as well as anything else you might
need. Nicest guys in the business :slight_smile:

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Mark Moretti
Alexandria, VA


#8
    Does anyone know where would be a good place to find stakes
and a decent anvil? " 

Try Old World Anvils http://www.oldworldanvils.com I recently
researched the new anvil market and ended up buying a new 118 lb
anvil from them for about $350 delivered. It came in about a week by
UPS and seems like a excellent anvil.

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#9

James,

You may also try Santa Fe Jewelers Supply. You can find us on line at
http://www.sfjssantafe.com

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