Now that I have to earn my living from lapidary and
jewellery I feel the need to enhance my tool collection
somewhat - especially on the metalwork side.
Hi Andy. Good to meet someone else in the UK. Eben has already
given some leads to suppliers in London. The other great
jewellery centre is Birmingham, and I would strongly recommend
a personal visit. There are a number of suppliers congregated in
a fairly small area. Walshes are there, but they are one of the
few who deal by mail order. Vittoria Street is the place to aim
for, or ask for directions to The Jewellery Quarter. There’s a
museum devoted to the jewellery production trade that I’ve heard
good things about, though not seen myself. Allow at least half a
day to wander around the suppliers and compare prices.
The other hint I’ll toss in is to think very carefully about
what you really need, and whether it will be able to pay for
itself in increased productivity, which is important to you, as
you want to make a living at it. You may find, for example, that
you can do well enough without a rolling mill. Not a fun
suggestion I know, but it may help your cash flow. Good luck!
Kevin Eva, Northern England, UK