For newbys and starters in this trade of ours,
Each day I read my Orchid Digest and I have been impressed by the
advert from Otto Frei, they are offering a Basic Jewelers Kit of
tools for 240 dollars. This tool kit will enable anyone with the
want to create jewelery and fine objects, to do so.
I would have loved to have been able to buy such a set when I was
starting back in 1961. After 48 years in this trade as a goldsmith I
would say that the tools, as shown in this set are my most important
tools, used daily. I can work for days only using hand tools without
using a machine, after all our trade is a handcraft trade. Sure CNC
machines have their place and I am sure that those who have health
problems may find mechanised piercing saws helpful, but I ask all who
are starting to try and master the art of hand saw piercing, as it
will help you through your career. As you progress and hopefully make
some money, then I would suggest you buy some larger equipment, a
Durston Mill and a drawbench perhaps.
Over the years my workshop has grown as I have added tools to make my
life easier, but to be honest most of these were bought to save
paying taxes on profits. I could make most of my smaller pieces just
using a basic tool kit like the one from Otto Frei. I must add that I
live and work in the UK and have no connection what so ever with Otto
Frei. I have never even dealt with them but am quite jealous of the
jeweller’s equipment available to you USA jewellers from their likes.
If anyone is interested my book “The Work of a Master Goldsmith;A
Unique Collection” is now available in the USA, although I must
appologies for the fact that the USA booksellers are not giving
decent discounts like the UK sellers. They may change their prices if
people show an interest. Also if any of you have bought a copy from
Amazon, please post a customer review, a couple of UK buyers have
done so already and I must admit their comments boost my confidence.
It took me over a year to prepare the book and get it published in
the first place and these comments make it seem worthwhile.
Peace and good health to all
James Miller FIPG