Sawing is the most basic skill to jewelry making, but that does not mean it is the easiest. Small things from the correct posture, correct grip pressure and proper foot placement can each turn gaining this basic skill into a smooth sawing experience. Application of patterns for sawing practice, loading a saw blade, and internal saw cuts will be covered.
Safety in the Studio
Please read the Jewelry and Fine Metals Studio safety protocols here. BARN-wide safety protocols can be found here. All participants will be required to wear a mask.To avoid injury, please follow these guidelines:
- Wear closed-toe shoes.
- Tie long hair back.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing, dangling jewelry, scarves, ties, or any item that could get caught in machinery.
- Wear hearing protection when using noisy equipment.
- Wear safety glasses and/or a dust mask when using specific equipment.
- Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
Nanz Aalund’s wide ranging career as a jewelry designer, goldsmith, and educator, began with high school shop classes. After serving as a fine jewelry designer and marketing consultant for Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Tiffany & Co., Aalund taught jewelry and metals classes at the University of Washington and at the Art Institute in Seattle. Earning a Masters of Fine Art (MFA/Metals) and a Masters of Education/College and Technical Teaching Curriculum (CTTC). Her work has been exhibited both national and internationally since the 1980’s. She authored the book, “Masters Gold,” published by Lark Books in 2009 and her most recent publication, “A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeship” published in 2017 for MJSA, received a national AM&P Excel Award in 2018.