I'm a trained silversmith, been working by hand with silver for over 20 years. Moved into casting about 10 years ago and more specifically with bronze, man I just dig the whole bronze thing - its history, its strength and especially the way it ages. I bought a 1500 year old bronze bracelet in Cambodia 15 years ago (near Angkor Wat, where they filmed the first Tomb Raider movie) - the thing had a bright emerald green patina and kinda set the ball rolling for my passion for bronze. I've loved working with it ever since.
I totally agree with you, few things I like better than to watch craftsmen at work. Glassblowing, pottery, metal forging - I'm a sucker for all that. Working on my bike has given me a whole new perspective on how to get my hands dirty, the more I learn the more I want to learn.
Kudos to you for having a go at making a ring - send me a picture if you have one, I'd love to see your handiwork.
Have a great weekend, hope you're somewhere where you can see the leaves changing. Me and my wife will be heading up North to Mt Tremblant in Quebec tomorrow - apparently its the best show the leaves have put on in years.
Yamez - putting the Yam into Yamaha