I really would appreciate the members of Ganoksin-Orchid putting their thinking caps on and finding me a solution to a problem,
I’m just over 70. In my 20’s I studied as both a psychotherapist and as a jeweler - one Is heads and the other hands. I retired from therapy some 10 years ago and successfully donated my library and monographs. Since then I’ve continued to make and sell a lot of “art jewelry” and I’m still going strong with two workshops, one for dirty work like casting and the other more of a studio.
My life expectancy is what? Another 10 years perhaps and I want to continue to work until I drop dead
When I do eventually pop my clogs what should happen to all my tools, equipment and materials? I can’t expect my partner to manage the sale of all this stuff - he knows little of the craft - and to be honest we are wealthy and the money is of no real consequence. The value of all my metals and stones is about $100,000.
When my great uncle died his watchmakers workshop was just shut up and everything basically rotted away (even though I unsuccessfully asked for his lathe) and I don’t want this to happen with my stuff. It can have a life after me I hope.
I’m about to draw up a new will and the workshop will not be included separately - everything goes to my partner - but it would be helpful if I could leave him instructions for its liquidation.
What do you, my colleagues, think about this? Remember that the finances are not important! Donate? Where? To whom?
I don’t lie awake worrying but I don’t want this to be a burden for others.
Can I persuade all of you to put on thinking caps and come up with ideas?