Hello Orchidland, First, my apologies that this post is not more
timely… I tried to cram more into a few weeks than should fit.
Nevertheless, I want to share something special about Kenneth
I volunteered to teach a class introducing 4-H youth to simple wire
wrapping with beads for making jewelry. The problem was how to come
up with enough basic pliers and hand tools for the class. I also
know that people won’t continue to pursue a skill without access to
the proper tools, and I wanted these kids to keep on learning!
Kenneth to the rescue!! I’d talked to him during the Tucson show
about this event, and he assured me that it would be possible to
purchase decent quality, basic tools at a reasonable price so that
each student would be able to keep the tools for future projects.
He wasn’t kidding. The cutters are great and my special order
flat/round pliers are excellent, as are the other tools. I got the
tools on time, assembled the kits, and taught the class. I just saw
the evaluations and the response was nearly 100% (blush). One
comment was that the students were thrilled to have their OWN tools.
The other was that they were excited about working with "real"
silver and gemstone beads.
Sooooooo, many thanks Kenneth. You made it possible to hold a very
successful class. Who knows how many future jewelry artisans will
come from this group. I hope to have whetted their appetites.
Judy in Kansas