The 2019 Bench Jeweler Workshop was a major success! A bench jeweler’s paradise, our two-day workshop hosted over 150 participants for a weekend of learning, training, and networking. Jewelers were able to explore our tools and technology while meeting fellow craftsmen from around the globe.
This year's event was held over two days (instead of the traditional three-day format). Yet, the energy was electric thanks to our bustling Battle of the Benches competition.
The show floor was abuzz with industry experts sharing knowledge on a range of topics.
Digital Designing by Jessica Smith, Gemvision – Jessica flexed her digital design skills by explaining the various aspects of the CAD/CAM process.
Hand Engraving by Kelly Williams, KWGoldsmith – Master Engraver Kelly Williams returned to teach industry-leading hand engraving techniques.
Metal Forming with Jason Chandler, Portland Jewelry Academy – Jason returned to share his insight into making cost-effective wire, tubing, and more.
Stone Setting with Roman Simantov, Globus Stone Setting Tools – Master stone setters were on-hand to demonstrate advanced stone setting skills using the new Globus work holding solutions, answering any questions and sharing neat tips.
Competitors were judged from 1-10 on the following categories:
• Creativity/Artistic Expression
• Difficulty Level
AND THE WINNER IS... ALEKSEY SABUROV
AND THE WINNER IS... EVGENII FEDKO
THE GRAND CHAMPION: EVGENII FEDKO
Congratulations, Evgenii Fedko — our Battles of the Benches® 2019 grand champion!
Evgenii took home a unique Battles of the Benches® trophy, a $500 Stuller account credit, and had his piece produced by us.
A FEW FAVORITE SESSIONS
BENEFITS OF LASER WELDING: Jeremy Thibodeaux, Stuller's Tools and Supplies Technical Support Manager, explained in detail the multitude of benefits laser welders bring to your workspace. They're invaluable tools. He even gave a hands-on demo with our line of Coherent-ROFIN® and Orotig laser welders.
SOCIAL MEDIA UNCOVERED: Nichole Guillory and Chris Leonard, two of Stuller's marketing experts, discussed social media strategy. They addressed the three questions we get asked most often: when, what, and how to post on social media. They explained how to use your social media insights to answer these burning questions. Plus, they went over the latest changes to the social space.
THE REPAIR BUSINESS OF THE FUTURE: Tammy Lail, Vice President of Tools and Equipment, Metals, and Packaging and Display, discussed how repair work is changing and how you need to protect yourself in the take-in process. She also covered the different pricing strategies that exist in valuing your labor.
CASTING DEMONSTRATION: Dennis Busby, Casting Director, took visited through the process of casting white gold trees utilizing the RDO and TopCast casting machines.
That's a wrap! We thank everyone who attended and hope to see many of you again for Bench Jeweler Workshop 2020 — and if you’ve never attended, we encourage you to take the trip over to our headquarters. Come to network, learn, and grow. You’ll be glad you did.
Read more about the 2019 Battle of the Bench competitors and their fascinating work here.