Community. Engagement. Advocacy. Humor.
A group where you can post your bench problems and issues for discussion and comment.
It's open and can be used to ask technical questions or post solutions, tips or ideas which you think might be of use to other members.
Latest Activity: Dec 23, 2013
This group came about through discussion with another member of Crafthaus as a direct result of my own technical blog posts, showing works in progress. Although I am going to use this group as a form of blog for technical matters, notes about what I've been up to in the workshop and that sort of thing, the intention behind the group is to be a forum to talk about anything technical, from the user reviews of equipment to favourite techniques to asking for help and advice from other Crafthaus members.
Initially, this group is not moderated and it will stay that way if everyone remains civil, which I am pretty sure they will: Crafthaus doesn't seem to attract the uncivil!
The reason that I thought this group to be such a good idea is that I am primarily a maker; I'm bench-trained and have been making jewellery for over 30 years, thus have a large range of experience which I can offer to others, conversely, when something goes wrong for me, I am not too proud to ask others for help.
Here are a few images from my own workshop.
How to use this group.
Post your questions or tips as a new Discussion. Try to tag the discussion with appropriate keywords so that the it becomes searchable in the future.
Reply to questions or add to tips in the "Reply to this discussion" field below each discussion topic.
Feel free to praise, argue, comment, agree... so long as it stays respectful!
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