I've beeen a goldsmith since the late eighties, starting off in night classes in silver and then working as apprentice to various masters. I am presently titled as a third year apprentice because my last master didn't file my apprenticeship papers , but have a lot of experience. There is still so much to learn which is why I love goldmithing so much. It takes a lifetime to achieve mastery. I'm presently benchless , having had a neurological disorder take me out of the professional picture for about eight years, but thanks to the wonders of moderm medicine, making a comeback and seeking emolyment to get restarted.