MJSA has published Secret Shop Weapons, a book that reveals the favorite shop tools of more than 30 jewelers and designers.
The 160-page book. edited by one of our favorite dynamic duos designers Chris Ploof and Ann Cahoon, features tools from the high-tech (lasers, CAD/CAM, laptops) to the traditional (gravers, hammers, saws). Jewelers and designers discuss why different tools are valuable, how they’re used and the breakthrough they’ve helped to achieve. “Secret shop tips” are also included in the book to help make jewelry-making and design easier.
Step-by-step projects show several of the tools in action, and additional projects are available online on the MJSA website, accessible through a password provided in the book. The site features videos of the book’s technical editors, Ann Cahoon and Chris Ploof, performing demonstrations with secret weapon tools, and readers are invited to submit their own tools and techniques to the page.
There are two sample chapters on the MJSA website — click on the links below to download a pdf
Sample Chapter One: Why Alishan Halebian Loves His Graver; Secret Shop Tips for Modifying Bench Tools to Get a Better Grip
Sample Chapter Two: Why Eva Martin Loves Her IBM ThinkPad; Secret Shop Tips for Channel Setting and Wax Carving.
The book includes nearly 200 full-color images and is available from MJSA via their website and other distributors for $34.95. MJSA members who order through the association will receive a 15 percent discount.