My name is Pat I am a jeweler presently teaching and running a
jewelry studio in Chaingmai Thailand. In june I will be
conducting a jewelry workshop in Tibet on the north face of Mt.
Everest (altitude 4500meters).
We have funding from several sources to solve several technical
problems the Tibetans face. The area is very remote no
electricity or motorized vehicles. I have not visited the area
yet but I understand that the lack of Oxygen is a problem for
there soldering operations. The idea of using a compressor is a
good one but it does not solve the oxygen problem.
The local people use foot torches with gasoline or kerosene as
fuel similar to torches used throughout Asia. The rely upon air
to mix with the fuel, they also use some type of bellows
My work besides teaching will be to set up workshop, not an easy
task given the conditions. before I leave I must submit a
proposal for equipment.
The project is a part of a poverty eradication program as the
peoples traditional way of life will very soon be drastically
changed . The idea is to bring existing traditional skills up to
a marketable level.
If you have any ideas I would appreciate your input.
I understand you attended NSCAD.
I graduated from NSCAD in 1986.