Metalsmith and Ganoksin co-founder Charles Lewton-Brain has published “The Jeweler’s Bench Book,” which offers advice on how to choose the best bench for your needs, then modify it for maximum efficiency.
The book includes full-color illustrations, tips for tool storage and arrangement, as well as real-life “tours” showing how renowned jewelers have set up their own bench areas.
“You hold in your hands a book that I predict you will return to often, always seeing a new detail in the photos or reading a tip that you’d missed before.” – from the Foreword by Tim McCreight
The prime sponsor for the book is Rio Grande.
The book is published by Orchid in Print, a collaboration between the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America and The Ganoksin Project to produce a series of bench books.
The book costs $29.50 for MJSA members and $34.95 for non-members. It is available through the industry’s leading book distributors, as well as Ganoksin.com and Amazon.com. Books can also be ordered directly from MJSA at 1-800-444-6572, ext. 3038, or online at: http://www.ganoksin.com/item–Orchid-in-Print-Vol-2–benchbook.
Since they first appeared in 1996, The Ganoksin Project and its Orchid e-mail forum have become the online resources for thousands of jewelers across the world. The brainchild of Dr. E. Aspler of Bangkok, Thailand, and Canadian jeweler and educator Charles Lewton-Brain, it maintains a substantial library of articles, publications, reports, and technical data, as well as numerous artist galleries. For more information, go to ganoksin.com.
The first volume in the “Orchid in Print: Maximum Bench Work” series is Making the Most of Your Flex-shaft by Karen Christians, which is available through MJSA Press, The Ganoksin Project, and leading industry distributors.