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Master art or money?


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Dave Stephens wrote:

You “white men” and your darned money.Always money,more money more
land more of that or more of this…The Indian in me doesn’t understand

developing necessary skills using minimal tools.The tools don’t give a
voice or beauty to an item you and I do…G.Chando

Gavin: I have to agree with you, I do like tools, though :slight_smile:
I don’t stand anywhere near most of you in your mastery of skills and
don’t even have access around here to instructors to learn things such as
stone setting. I don’t rely on jewelry making to make my living (yet), but
I will tell you if I make a piece thinking how much money its going to
bring me then I usually turn out a piece of crap. All my stuff is unusual
one of a kind pieces that end up really “speaking” to the person who takes
posession of it. Its taken me awhile to have the guts to put higher prices
on my work and realize I need to be compensated for putting way too much
Dave,
I suppose it comes down to what a person wants in their life or
what they choose to seek from their life.I know a fellow who is a very
good bench jeweler and he went the to school for two years to learn the
trade with an eye toward making a living which he does.He is bound to a
shop and they don’t particularly like it if he markets his work anywhere
else so his design work(he is very good) falls by the wayside and he is
busy with repairs and work the shop dictates.He does earn a good living
by most standards and that is what he started out wanting from jewelry
in the first place.This is all well and good but not the same as the
driving force behind what I would seek to gain from jewelry making.
I started because I like making things and ever since I was about 4
years old I was always nailing boards together or sculpting mud
representations of birds or similarly trying to speak out in some way
through representation of the things I saw around me.In short I just
like building things and it gives me a sense of freedom and
accomplishment I don’t find elsewhere.
I never really worried about making a living and I suppose it’s
because I was raised by a father and mother who were not driven by
material things so much as guided by the spiritual ones.
As for the tools I love new things there but there seems to be a
misconception at least to my way of thinking that more tools always
equal better work.I don’t see it that way really although I am also one
who always wants more/better tools just I never seem to use what I have
to their fullest capabilities and in rethinking this tool thing I wonder
if maybe we shouldn’t be striving to produce with what is at hand
instead of always seeking what is available…Capitalism and advertising
you know how it gets when they work to feed consumers desire for a
product…Gavin


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As for the tools I love new things there but there seems to be a
misconception at least to my way of thinking that more tools always
equal better work.I don’t see it that way really although I am also one
who always wants more/better tools just I never seem to use what I have
to their fullest capabilities and in rethinking this tool thing I wonder
if maybe we shouldn’t be striving to produce with what is at hand
instead of always seeking what is available…Capitalism and advertising
you know how it gets when they work to feed consumers desire for a
product…Gavin

You’re right Gavin, I sometimes buy tools like pliers without really
knowing what I’ll be using them for, you know trying them out to see if
these cool things will help me out. I personally don’t equate new cool
tools with better work but with making life easier. When I got my Foredom
it made life alot easier than the piece of junk hand held Dremel tool I
had. But then since I’m new to alot of this I don’t have a full set of
basic tools yet, for instance I don’t have any small round burs or
stonesetting burs and sure could use having those on hand. I sold that new
piece of jewelry on my page and will be using the money to buy a burnout
oven controller. I could sure get by without it but being chained to the
garage watching the damn boring temperature gauge is incredibly boring and
a waste of time, so it may be an extravagance to buy this thing but its
going to make casting more controllable and enjoyable. (Especially since I
need to add an extra hour to burnout judging by latest results). I have to
admit also that I enjoy the fact that there’s alot of neat hand tools in
the jewelry world and if they had a decent jewelry supply store near me I
would be in trouble as those places are like “Toys R Us” to me. The best
silversmith I ever met around here however has all his tools in a fishing
tackle box and laughs at people who use more. Different strokes I guess. I
sure am looking forward to being unchained from the burnout oven though :slight_smile:
Dave

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