Let me start by telling you a little story,
When I decided to move to Spain, one of the biggest questions always my the tools, where to get the metal,etc… for this I asked my teacher which also happens to be from Spain to help me see what would work better..he advice to look for second hand things over here.
I have some tools but I always hold back on the shopping since I have just the basics, or what I can carry in 2 suitcases, and so while looking online for used tools in Spain , prices and such.
I found Don Juan.
He happened to live just 10kms from where we, were to live and well after some conversations, photos, he decided to sell us his tools.
How can I explain?
The closest I can come to, is like if you have a dream, something that you know will take years to achieve, I had an idea to have something like this in a period of 10 years, some of the larger tools like an electric rolling mill was out of that list, it was beyond my reach, then the torches, smaller tools,files,burs, so to me is like having a loan for college and suddenly finding out is all paid for, like winning the lottery, like having that one thing that would change everything,right there.
No room for excuses,no need to think what’s next..
If I could only tell you how much I’ve cried, happy tears that is..
When I got here, saw the tools and started unpacking, I would cry with every single thing, had a little nervous smile, with each of the things I pulled out of the boxes, we are talking boxes and boxes of these..
I adoreeeeee that each and every one of these tools, has a story, you can see the years, I cherish and respect experience, and he as kind as he is, is willing to help me set up the workshop and explain things, his tools are his tools and well there is a bond, they are what make us earn a living, and facilitate to make whatever comes out of out head, and now little by little I’ve spent my days, sorting them out, cleaning, trying to convince myself this is real and they are mine.
The jeweler’s table, sitting there makes me think how many things have been made there, I am enjoying myself, I feel like a little girl just playing with everything, getting to know everything..
Moments like this make me feel humble and grateful..
New work is coming soon..I’ll have fire!
I can’t wait!