Here are a few pictures of my little workshop. I’m lucky to have the space to spread everything out. I built my workbench by combining two old school desks (plus a little more lumber etc) & used the second top to make a new cabbing/pickling table. The bench has lots of drawers to put everything away when not in use which makes it easier for me to keep clean (a little OCD here). The whole thing cost me just under $250. Cdn. Hope you like it!
And this is a bit of my background… My interest in jewellery making started with beading & then moved on to wire-wrapping. Cabbing came next because the commercially available stones were limited in “cool” & designer cabs were expensive. So I bought a Genie, a trim saw, a few beautiful slabs so that I could make better stones to wire. Now I had great stones to wrap & at the same time, fell in love with cabbing. After what seemed like a thousand pendants later I want to learn to spot solder silver so that I could take my wire-wrap to a new level.
The local rock club offered a beginner’s silversmith class so I joined up & took the class. It was probably the biggest mistake of my life. So many doors opened up that I don’t know which ones to walk through first. I don’t know whether to thank or curse my Instructor/Mentor. Although he did turn me onto this website & that’s been a big plus.
My hobby has turned into an obsession. My metalwork skills are slowly improving (with a long way to go) but I can’t believe how much I’m lovin’ it!.
And though it is a small item, I really like my GRS Benchmate Bench Pin kit that works so well for everything and the fact that it just slips off to get out of the way when I’m not using it. www.riogrande.com/Product/GRS-BenchMate-Bench-Pin-Kit/113857
Also a big thanks to everyone for so generously sharing their knowledge. I learn something here every day!