Traveling with tools with the terrors of TSA is always a gamble. My
last tool debacle was teaching at Revere Academy last summer and
spending hours dividing supplies to make up flex shaft and soldering
kits. I wrapped the equipment in a pillow case with some large rubber
bands. Each piece had a picture of what was inside from a supply
catalog. I enclosed my contract from Revere and a letter on Metalwerx
letterhead explaining that I am a teacher. The equipment was fine,
and literally untouched. However, even though the kits were in clear
plastic bags, each one was opened and scattered back into my
suitcase. I spent two hours reconstructing the kits, hunting out tiny
drill bits, pearl paddle drill bits, pieces of shell, Radial Bristle
discs…you get the idea.
Yes, I should have shipped it ahead, but I thought I would take a
chance this one time. Figures, my luck!
Next time, I’m having my kits in a hard case with hopefully my name
all over the place. This of course was the very day that the problem
of the foiled bombing in England. I understand their need to be
thorough, but geez.
You will be happy to know that my toothpaste and deodorant arrived
M E T A L W E R X
School for Jewelry and the Metalarts
50 Guinan St.
Waltham, MA 02451
781 891 3854