Tim McCreight is an esteemed metalsmith, instructor, and author who has written dozens of books on metalsmithing and has taught for over thirty years all around the world. As a valued member of the metalsmithing community, Tim has made countless contributions to the advancement of the craft.
In the last three years, Tim has worked with jeweler and author Matthieu Chiminee to organize a volunteer program called the Toolbox Initiative, which brings tools and support to jewelers in West Africa. This program has greatly improved the lives of these skilled craftsmen while also preserving their unique way of fabricating jewelry.
We invite you to come spend the afternoon with Tim McCreight as he speaks about the Toolbox Initiative. He will share tools and finished pieces and tell stories about the object and the West African jeweler behind it. Tim will do a demonstration on chasing plus a Q&A session to follow. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of the jewelry industry’s most innovative masters of craft.
50% of ticket sales will be donated to the Toolbox Initiative.
Donations of hand tools (new and old) are welcomed. Please no large equipment. Rather than shipping freight containers full of rolling mills and other heavy-duty equipment, the Toolbox Initiative focuses on small, frequently used items like files, pliers, tweezers and ring clamps. Each Toolbox representative is responsible for two suitcases loaded with 50 pounds of tools apiece—the maximum weight they can carry without paying airline baggage fees. Then, one by one, every item is personally handed to a jeweler.
***If you cannot attend the event, but want to donate cash to the Toolbox Initiative follow this link to their website.***