I have a small jewelry/metal school teaching beginning and
intermediate classes, as well as offering studio memberships. Now,
this is a unique situation because I am not an experienced jeweler. I
am a student, a student who owns a jewelry school (life is funny
somoetimes). Our founder and core instructor is a wonderful,
nurturing, talented jeweler and metal worker who now works for the
school as an employee, since she decided the path to her happiness
was not running a business. Since I am starting my education at being
an educator. I am looking for help. My first concern is for safety,
safety for our students and our staff.
Here is question 1)
We currenly use acetylene/air for our torches. We are moving into a
new space shortly. This space was a former cafe/restaurant. Our
future soldering area needs to be situated where there is currently a
commercial restaurant stainless steel hood with a chemical fire
suppressant system. This sounds cool at first, but the hood system is
designed to move A LOT of air (think wind tunnel). It is also abit
small for a 4 or 5 station soldering wall. If I was to use this hood,
I could maybe get 2-3 soldering stations safely under it. And then I
would still have to use some other exhaust system for the other 3
stations, although it moves so much air,I think it would exhaust the
entire room. Does anyone have experience using such an exhaust system
in a workshop environment? Any suggestions?
Is acetylene the safest fuel for a student operated torch? Are there
safer effective torch fuels? We have natural gas in the building,
would that be safer? What is a water torch I have seen postings on?
Would someone share with me their safety orientation materials on
torch safety so that I can be sure we are hitting all the points. I
do have as a resource, the wonderful safety book by Charles
Any help or suggestions are truly appreciated.
Pouncing Rain Jewelry and MetalWorkingCenter