Working in a small studio space in New York City presents challenges, for sure. It requires creativity to decide which tools and equipment are necessary, and which techniques and effects can be achieved through non-traditional methods for the sake of saving space.
The Toolbox Initiative, a recent book focused on jewelers of West Africa, celebrates the resourcefulness inherent in any craft-making or artistic endeavor. With few tools, and what most artisans would consider to be inadequate studio space, West African jewelers have developed innovative metalworking techniques to create beautiful pieces. The photos are stunning and inspirational to any craftsperson, anywhere.