Okay, so now all I got to do is figure how to get Denmark to St.
If you're interested in having a workshop with Valentin, round up a
dozen friends and split the cost to bring him to you! I'm sure if you
contact Valentin, he'll be happy discuss the possibilities. You can
also contact me offline.
Around 6 years ago, I spent a week in New York to take a 5-day
workshop at Valentin's Brooklyn studio. It was terrific. I had always
wanted to bring him over to Hawaii via our craft guild, but the guild
couldn't swing the finances. Instead, I recruited 12 metalsmiths and
jewelers and we're collectively underwriting a 5-day workshop in
Honolulu with Valentin this August. After all, if any of us wanted to
go to New York for a 5-day workshop, we'd be spending in excess of
$2500 by the time we paid for tuition, airfare, hotel and living
expenses. This way, we pay to bring the master and his assistant to
us. Instead of thirteen people flying and staying in NYC, two people
fly to paradise and stay in Waikiki.
The beauty of a chasing and repousse workshop is that it isn't too
facilities intensive. The participants will buy their own pitch
bowl, pitch and hammer and copper sheets. The host facility has to
obtain the tool steel and have a couple of heat guns, torches, bench
grinders, pickling vats, good ventilation/exhaust hoods, a buffing
motor and sturdy work tables and chairs. Valentin brings the basic
chasing/repousse loaner tool sets so students can jump right in. He
also teaches students how to make their own tools so they can make
custom tools to continue with their personal exploration.
Furthermore, we have been very fortunate. Tevel Herbsman of Allcraft
has given us a special deal for the pitch bowl, red pitch, hammer,
copper and shipping (US fixed rate postage boxes @ $8.10 work -
11"x8.5"x5.5") making things even more affordable. THANK YOU,
Where there is a will, there is a way.