Orchid Oracles - Thank you for your inspiration. I’ve wanted to post
in regards to the -projects for students thread-. Many of you
probably don’t know that our teaching positions at Minneapolis Tech
and Community CollegeJewelry Program will be leaving for other
destinations. Presently some destinations remain to be seen.
Personally I’m brainstorming about how to take care of our local
students, but it’s a big undertaking.
My ideas for students are the same ones I used to learn bench skills
myself. Make some of your own tools in the beginning to build
hand-eye coodination. Most students are trying to get the feel of
using tools to begin with, why not use the lesson of making tools
pay off to hone bench skills?
Keep in mind that many of my ideas are for financially strapped
students or beginners who want to try some tools without investing a
lot of money on ones purchased for more experienced jewelers.
I teach them to make very individualized tools that suit them
Wax carving tools can be made very well and very quickly for such
little cost. They can customize the handles. All we use are wooden
dowels, some wood stain, wire coat hangers or perhaps steel stock
for the tool ends.
The DIY mini lathe demonstration that I have on Youtube is a budget
driven option that works very well. It has allowed me to use my
money in other directions.
Students who make their own tools and are innovative tend to
accelerate with much more ease in classes. Encourage them to try,
show them your own tools and the ‘how to’s’. It’s a blast to watch
them learn and succeed.
So many bench tricks, so little time!