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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Torch Collection

I'll be writing more about my week's class at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee this past week, but I wanted to share a quick snapshot of one of our instructor's torch collection.

Fred Birkhill was kind enough to bring some of his torches to the Center to show us and I snapped a quick shot of them. Unfortunately, I don't remember their names or manufacturers. So if you know, please help identify them. Fred also offered to hook them up for us to try, but we had so much we were already doing, we didn't take him up on his generous offer.

But seeing these tools of our trade made me realize that I could use more experience on other torches. I think I'll be checking out all kinds at the Gathering this year. I've been so careful sticking with my smaller ones, because that's all I feel I need. Perhaps it was my two teachers, but now I wonder if I'm missing out by not being more knowledgeable about what's on the market and their features. I'm not envious, (I think), but I definitely could be better informed. I'll let you know after I try out the others later this month.

See you tomorrow.