I was noticing that at Arrowmont I kept seeing new tools I "must have" at some
point, seems like several things in each workshop!
It occurs to me that other people may have spotted things I missed or that
showed up in workshops I didn't take, or even folks who weren't AT Arrowmont
might have found cool tools from another medium that they find useful or maybe
don't have but lust after! So I'm calling for people to post ideas -- maybe a
kind of "Dream Studio" approach!
I'll post a few things I heard about, but I don't want to be the only voice
heard, so I will only mention a few!
Judith Skinner's new JASI cane slicer (in two sizes) is really nice. Sturdily
built, does a GREAT job, gotta have one (especially since my crooked cane
slices are legendary! ;^) )
Dori Grandstrand's Genesis clay conditioner/extruder is on my list for later
-- but anybody who has arthritis or other problems conditioning (Fimo
especially) might want to bump it to high priority! (I currently don't have
too much trouble conditioning the CFC I use, so it's more of a luxury for me
at the moment -- however, I have ideas that will use more clay faster soon, so
it may change!)
Suzanne Stern had a neat jeweler's tool, "parallel pliers". The jaws of the
pliers are hinged in such a way that they remain parallel to each other no
matter how far apart they are opened, instead of opening at a broader triangle
like normal pliers. These are handy little dudes, and can hold flat materials
(metal or baked clay slabs) without nicking them.
Kathi Dustin had info on a potter's slab roller that rolls clay 18 inches
wide! (Kind of taking the pasta machine to new heights of size and
sturdiness!) (And cost, of course! ;^) )
So what else is out there for my shopping list (or Santa's, considering the