A big thank you for championing students who need handicapped
accessible facilities. We did take that into consideration when
setting up the school because of my personal experience of living
with someone who has mobility issues. We have tables at different
heights and all our door openings are wide enough to accept a
At the present, we have one student who is partially disabled. He is
able to transfer to a chair. However, he uses a table at a different
height than others for fabrication. When forging on an anvil or
stake, he sits on a high chair instead of standing.
I’ve also had to take into consideration gravitationally challenged
(short) students as well as rather tall students. We have a low
jeweler’s bench and a tall bench and one that’s standard height. The
GRS benchmate system has come in handy with the adjustable plate to
mount tools onto.
Yes, I do agree that wider spacing and fewer students may mean less
income, however, a comfortable and SAFE learning environment pays
off more in the long run.
Mountain Metalsmiths School of Jewelry & Lapidary