Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
These tools are available only at ALLCRAFT TOOL Co. and are 100% made in the United States. I couldn't find a website address for Allcraft, but I do have a phone number to call for the tools, (212) 279-7077. People were constantly at the booth trying out various hammers. I don't remember a time when they had an empty booth!
They also had handouts available to show how each hammer was used to create these different micro forms. I decided in the interest of time that I would visit them after I get home since they are located in North Carolina. I am planning to travel to the Sawtooth School to get a lesson on these beautiful tools.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I also liked the layout of the Rio sales booth, it was easy to see the tools and benches were available to watch people work. The folks at Rio were helpful, easy going and nice to talk to, plus they are great dancers! (I had no idea that so many people would dance! Many danced until the DJ finished). They are truly committed to service and that really shows.
Knew Concept Jeweler's Saw from Rio Grande 5"
bench stump and beautiful anvil
I am going to sort out my finances and save up for a Potter hydrolic press from Otto Frei. I got to meet the maker, Kevin Potter and makes his own presses and die plates. On the way to the conference I studied Susan Kinsley's Book on Hydrolic Die Forming. (You can still buy it on Amazon from the author for the original list price). Potter Presses are exclusively available at Otto Frei.
Kevin Potter and his 20 ton hydraulic press
Bracelet form on the press
Handmade Stakes and Forming tools by Potter
Custom Dies for the Potter Press
Otto Frei Durston Mill 4"
Otto Frei Electric Sparker
I already have one and I love it!
Friday, March 12, 2010
The artist I represented is Erica Stankwych Bailey. She lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina and drove down to my house to deliver her piece titled, "unwanted". It is made of junk mail and the color is from the original colors of the paper. She used recycled copper from construction sites to create links.
I give credit to all the designers as soon as I locate that bulletin.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I'll keep trying--eventually I figure out a way to make pins that are adjustable.
I'm torn with leaving my family. At first it sounded like a really great Mom only vacation, but now I'm getting a bit anxious that I will miss them terribly. Of course they will get along fine without me for a few days. (I'm going to keep telling myself that!).
One highlight for me is that I get to wear Erica Stankwytch Bailey's extraordinary recycled junk mail necklace. It is spectacular. I will try to post pictures while I'm out there.