I have taught 6 apprentices from raw newbies to qualified in my
career so far.
Boys and girls.
Having an apprentice requires an immense amount of time and
effort–on my part.
For the first six months they on 24 hours notice.
After surviving six months, a yearly contract.
For the first two years they need lots of TLC to get things done.
Then they can do some things and not destroy too much.
And I start seeing some return on my investment.
To think that board and lodging and Tufa pays for a mentors time and
expertise is strange.
My apprentices eventually make me money.
That’s why I taught them.
Five years later you do your trade test, and I organize work at
another jeweller for the apprentice.
That way they learn other styles and ways to make jewellery.
For sure I teach for free.
No problem if someone is stuck and needs some advice.
That’s why I made most of my tutorials on my site for free.
So I don’t have to answer the same questions over and over.
One of my apprentices was Nadia.
When she started with me, she had, on her own already made some
impressive pieces out of nails, a hammer a pair of pliers and copper
And she had also generated some money from those pieces, before she
had even touched silver.
This was before the internet, so there was not much easy information
And she didn’t have a hang dog attitude and she certainly did not
ask for anything for free.
She had a fierce determination of doing thing by herself and set
about it with a cheerful attitude.
This made her successful.
CNC in Tufa? Electro melt to melt silver into a bar? Come on man, get
I mean this well, even though it might sound harsh, but that just
sounds like you skirting around your fear of failure.
I promise, I fail at something or other nearly every day. And
sometime more than once a day.
A hammer and some nails and a 'can do and damn the torpedoes’
That makes jewellery.