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LEARN DEDICATED TO THE BENCH ARTIST Presents
The Crown Collection Q & A WITH RYAN REHBOCK
SET THE BENCH IN MOTION: BENCH MODIFICATION WITH JAKE NEWELL FAB: EXPLORING THE GRS TRAINING CENTER’S NEW CLASSROOM
LEARN DEDICATED TO THE BENCH ARTIST Welcome back to Spring is here, and with it, the latest issue of Learn! In this issue, you will find a Q&A with Ryan Rehbock, owner of The Crown Collection, Jake Newell’s bench mods to get the most out of your space, an in-depth look at the fantastic new fabrication classroom in the GRSTC, plus inspiration, tips, and more!
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CROWN COLLECTION Q & A WITH RYAN REHBOCK, PAGE 08 CONTRIBUTORS Learn magazine wouldn’t be possible without our awesome contributors! If you have an idea for an article, tips or techniques you’d like to share, or just want to send us some photos of your latest work, please email GRS at email@example.com.
Jake Newell has long had a passion for art. Growing up in Emporia, Kansas, provided ample opportunity to pursue this passion. Newell sought and received an Art Education degree through Emporia State University, where he discovered university-based hand engraving classes. After completing Engraving I and Engraving II courses offered through ESU, he expanded his knowledge with GRSTC courses and special study. As a professional engraver, Newell designs and hand engraves a variety of items for larger, well-known companies.
Ryan Rehbock has always been fascinated with gemstones and art, and in 2010, he became inspired to support talented artists who were able to combine both of those things. He started out buying small cases of jewelry and art from friends, promoting their work until he had sold the entire case. Once one case of work sold, he’d buy another. He hosted local community exhibitions and sold pieces at music festivals. Through social media and these events, Ryan built The Crown Collection as a brand and created a community of collectors and artists. Moving forward he hopes to continue exploring new and innovative ways to curate shows and spaces.
JAKE NEWELL BENCHMOD TUTORIAL, PAGE 04
On the cover and at right: Pendant by Christopher Ser Photos by Daniel Zetterstrom danielzetterstrom.com
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On the cover: The Crown Collection Q & A WITH RYAN REHBOCK
SET THE BENCH IN MOTION
BENCH MODIFICATION WITH JAKE NEWELL
21 Fab Fabrication
EXPLORING THE GRS TRAINING CENTER’S NEW CLASSROOM
INSIDER EMPLOYEE PROFILE: TORELL STEWART
GREG’S MAINTENANCE TIP SPRING FEVER ARTIST GALLERY
SET THE BENCH IN MOTION
BENCH MODIFICATION WITH JAKE NEWELL
In 2009, Jake Newell had the idea of running a startup engraving business in a mobile setting. The goal was to travel to new places, volunteer, and follow the nice weather seasonally. Two years later that dream became a reality. With a trailer in tow, Jake bolted his engraving bench inside and hit the road.
“The last (almost) 10 years have been the most exciting years of my life!”
I wanted to share a few of my favorite bench modifications with you and hopefully it will give you some ideas.
My all-time favorite #benchmod is the pullout drawers on each side of my bench. I bought these drawers from a resale shop and adjusted the bottoms to the width that I needed. As you can see, my Power Hone fits snugly in the drawer and can slide in and out easily. The best part about this feature is that it allows me to stay seated and use my microscope to aid in sharpening gravers. PULLOUT DRAWERS
My workbench is always a work in progress; I am constantly looking for ways to save time and space.
FOLLOW JAKE @CUSTOMHANDENGRAVING FOR MORE INSPIRATION.
The other drawer I refer to as my “catch-all drawer”. It holds most of the gravers/tools I am using for that particular project. If you look closely, you will also notice this drawer also houses my NSK rotary in the back. This drawer is notorious for being the messiest place on my bench! CATCH-ALL DRAWER
FREQUENT USE TOOLS
The front of my drawers are utilized to store some of my most-used (and frequently lost!) tools. A screw eye-bolt works great to hold T-handle of my vise. Old name-tag magnets (and duct tape) are used to help keep my 0.3 pencil and scribe handy as well. I even utilize the pulls on the drawer to briefly store any handpieces I might be using.
VARIETY TOOL RACK
This variety tool rack was also bought at a resale shop, and is also one of my favorite #benchmods. As you can see, it has all different types of openings to securely store all different types of tools. Pliers, Sharpies, scissors, Micron pens, wrenches, and even gravers fit perfectly into the many size/shape holes it provides.
Using references is a necessity for any engraver. Having my references front and center is important for saving time and increasing productivity. The magnetic document holder that GRS makes for the Versa is perfect for this-so much that I have 2 of them!
I also use the Ram Camera Mount that GRS offers, but instead of a camcorder, I often use Ram Mount’s X-Grip (sold separately) to store my phone at eye-level. This allows me to easily access email, photos, music, or even take videos on my phone while engraving.
If you have any #benchmods that you have made and would like to share, please tag us at @grstools.
The Crown Collection Q & A WITH RYAN REHBOCK
It started as an art collection, but now it feels more like a community of artisans and collectors sharing the same passion.
Previous Spread: Owl Pendant This page: Foo Dog Pendant by Christopher Ser Photos by Daniel Zetterstrom
WHAT IS THE CROWN COLLECTION? Maybe the simplest question but the hardest to explain, The Crown Collection is a culmination of many, many things. At
surface level, we are an art gallery offering the most unique forms of art we can find. Whether it be in the form of jewelry, paintings, sculptural work, or the other mediums we deal in, we strive to offer things that can’t be found elsewhere. Similar to the art we offer, we aim to present a vibe that cannot be duplicated. Beneath the surface, you will find The Crown Collection is a family of collectors, creators, artisans, and appreciators alike that strive for inclusivity and originality. I think this is what makes our gallery unlike countless others. We believe this authenticity and love sets us apart in one’s pursuit for truly one-of-a-kind pieces.
HOW DID YOU START THE CROWN COLLECTION? WHAT WAS THE VISION FOR IT? In 2010, I became inspired to support talented artists just through the art community I had been exposed to in Colorado. I started to buy small cases of jewelry and art from my friends who were incredible emerging artists back then, and once in my possession, I would show others my newfound treasures. After selling the entire case, except for maybe one that I loved too much to let go of immediately, I’d purchase another case. I did this for years until I compiled an extensive collection of pieces that continued and continues to this day, to grow with us. Over the past decade, I created a network of collectors and artists and became the curator I am today. It started as an art collection and a page where you could find really unique art, but now it feels more like a community of artisans and collectors sharing the same passion. The vision grows every day and is always changing based on what I’m inspired by. I can only hope I inspire others too.
The early days of the Crown Collection: Ryan selling pieces in 2014.
THE CROWN COLLECTION INCLUDES MANY DIFFERENT FORMS OF ART, INCLUDING JEWELRY, MINERALS, PAINTINGS, FUNCTIONAL GLASS, PHOTOGRAPHY, SCULPTURES, CLOTHING, AND DIGITAL ART. WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS THAT TIE THESE WORKS TOGETHER? Yeah, we love all forms of art! Everything represented through The Crown Collection is something that I have personally connected to. It could be a color scheme, it could be an element of storytelling, but it all has to touch me. I really connect with aesthetics and vibes, so I guess you could say that’s where it begins. To put it simply, everything that I work with is interconnected through the beauty of art! AS A COLLECTOR AND RESELLER, YOU BRING A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE TO THE TABLE. WHAT AESTHETICS DRAW YOU TO A PIECE? Thank you, haha, I definitely aim to be different and “unique”, so I appreciate that. I’d say, instead of searching for inspiration through what mentors and others are doing or have done, I’m solely using my personal taste to select pieces. Like what I’m drawn to right now is going to affect the selection process and that’s something that is always changing. I’m always finding inspiration in my day-to-day life and I use this inspiration, like architecture, home design, and other alternative sources to drive my collecting prowess. I think it comes down to what I believe is good taste, or rather “unique” taste haha. WHAT DO YOU THINK A BUSINESS LIKE THE CROWN COLLECTION BRINGS TO THE INDUSTRY? HOW IS IT BENEFICIAL TO ARTISTS? We are bringing a focus point for new and progressive art and providing an expansive platform for those that may not fit into the existing molds. I think people know to expect the best from us whether that’s regarding quality and craftsmanship of jewelry, or vision and execution of any other type of art. That cosign, similar to great art dealers of the past, can go a long way for emerging artists.
Bracelet and watch by Christopher Ser Photos by Daniel Zetterstrom
Gallery in Denver, CO (May 2017)
HOW DO YOU DETERMINE WHICH ARTISTS TO WORK WITH? DO THEY PRESENT A PROPOSAL OR IS IT COMMISSION-BASED? The artists I work with are chosen based on aesthetics, innovation, execution, and refinement. That’s the aesthetic part I was just talking about. In addition, who I work well with determines the longevity of the partnership. That’s the vibe part. Seeing potential in a growing relationship is crucial for me. HOW INVOLVED ARE YOU IN THE CREATIVE PROCESS? This really depends on which creative process and with who. Every project has the right amount of involvement, I can say that much for sure. Some of what you see on our page we make in-house, meaning I’m involved with everything from design to production to finishing. However, working with so many talented artists, of course this varies. Some projects I give creative direction like color schemes and layouts, and some I just sit back and wait for them to wow me with what they do so well. I do love being involved though if they’ll have me — haha! YOU HAVE HAD GALLERIES IN COLORADO AND HAVE DONE POP-UP-EXHIBITIONS AROUND THE WORLD. HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHERE TO SHOW OFF A PARTICULAR COLLECTION? We started in Boulder, CO and later moved, opening our second gallery in Denver. The Denver location closed when we moved to Los Angeles. At the moment, we are by appointment only in Los Angeles — but we have big plans for a custom gallery experience in the near future. We have deep roots in both Denver and Los Angeles. As far as pop-up events, we love to travel! Let us know if you have a destination you want to see us and who knows! We really do exhibitions wherever the opportunity arises. We have been fortunate enough to be offered some pretty amazing venues by friends and clients. However, we will also sometimes choose the location based on the aesthetics and vibes of the particular collection. There it is again, haha.
WHAT METHODS DO YOU USE TO MARKET PIECES TO POTENTIAL BUYERS?
I think I’ve developed and earned a trusted reputation with my buyers and sellers alike. When someone sees a piece I am selling (almost always through social media, i.e. Instagram) they know the quality and design are going to be top of the line. People know me for good business and that’s what I’ve strived to cultivate for new and familiar collectors. This almost always leads to great relationships. Also, I have an incredible platform to connect with new clientele via social media. I mean how amazing is it that I connect with anyone around the world about these art forms?! YOU’VE BUILT NOT JUST A FOLLOWING, BUT A COMMUNITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA. DID THIS HAPPEN ORGANICALLY OR WERE THERE SPECIFIC ACTIONS YOU TOOK TO ACCOMPLISH THIS? I pride The Crown Collection on the organic growth we have achieved, and still to this day have not done any paid advertisements. I don’t think the same could be achieved through specific actions, haha. People want to connect, and for that to happen they need authenticity. I think that vibe is what attracts so many. Feeling like they are in the right place for the right reasons, no scams or phones listening to what you like, to show you our sponsored ad. I will say I am incredibly fortunate for the support of so many people including all of our followers online and community offline, as well as amazing and inspiring artists, musicians, influencers, and collectors. Working with incredible individuals like Billie Eilish, Diplo, G Eazy, 6lack, 24kGoldn, Savage x Fenty, Miguel, Maluma, and others have greatly enhanced our visibility and is just such a testament to the community and vibe we have helped create thus far. Such a blessing. WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AND VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF THE CROWN COLLECTION? The vision and goal are to continue supporting and contributing to the growth of incredible artists. I want to continue to help new artists emerge, gain exposure, and push the envelope of creativity. For collectors, I want to continue offering the opportunities to collect all of these amazing, unique pieces. As well as growth! I want to grow. I don’t know how exactly, but I can say, back as a college student, I never could have expected starting The Crown Collection. So I know just staying true to the vision, the aesthetic, and the vibe will get me where I want to be. That being said, moving forward, I have big visions for a new-style exhibition space that we will all explore together as the world opens up.
I want to continue to help new artists emerge, gain exposure, and push the envelope of creativity.
Pendant by Christopher Ser Photo by Daniel Zetterstrom
21 Fab Fabrication
EXPLORING THE GRS TRAINING CENTER’S NEW CLASSROOM
The goal in creating the third classroom was to provide a multi‑purpose space to expand our fabrication capabilities and allow for future growth to include additional fabricating opportunities. We are now able to offer classes that provide a more comprehensive and positive experience for the customer. The new facility provides dedicated space to incorporate disciplines like soldering, forming, stamping, sawing, piercing, etching, and much more. We have room to grow as our customer demands grow.
MAKE THE CONNECTION
QUATRO RHODIUM CONTAINMENT STATION (FUME EXTRACTION SYSTEM) 1 + SOLDERING STATIONS W/ QUATRO COLLECTALL DUST COLLECTION SYSTEM 1 MORE ROOM FOR STUDENTS TO SOLDER. SMALLER, SPACE-EFFICIENT VENTILATION SYSTEM. MICRO TIG WELDING SYSTEM 2 WELD EVEN THE THINNEST MATERIALS.
MAKE YOUR WORK SHINE
POLISHING STATION 2
CLEAN YOUR WORK UP AND GIVE IT A FINE POLISH SO IT CAN LOOK ITS BEST.
MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION
DRILL PRESS 2
DRILL ACCURATE AND PRECISE HOLES
SHOP PRESS 1 (50-TON)
FORM CONCHOS AND MORE
FORMING STATIONS W/DURSTON DAPPING SET 1 + GRS METAL FORMER 2
DOME AND CURVE PIECES
WHAT SORTS OF CLASSES WILL BE HELD IN THE NEW FABRICATION CLASSROOM?
All classes that include any type of fabrication: Make. Market. Sell. — Nevada Miller
Fabricating & Engraving a Silver Bracelet — Diane Scalese Fabrication & Engraving: 4 Projects in 5 Days — Jeremiah Watt Fabricating & Engraving Silver Rings — Diane Scalese
Most stone setting classes: Combination Class for Jewelers (x2) — Todd Daniels Professional Stone Setting — Mitchell Lurth Decorative Setting & Engraving — Todd Daniels Advanced Stone Setting — Todd Daniels
Gun and/or metal engraving classes: Advanced Inlay & Sculpting — Rick Eaton
CLEAR VIEW AS INSTRUCTOR DEMONSTRATES TECHNIQUES
JURA SETTING BENCH 13
12 STUDENTS + 1 INSTRUCTOR
READY, SET & ENGRAVE
AIR SYSTEM, ROTARY TOOL, AND HANDPIECES = GRAVERMACH ® AT 1 + 901
® AT HANDPIECE
1 + MAGNUM
HANDPIECE 1 + MONARCH
™ AT HANDPIECE
1 + ULTRA 850 ROTARY HANDPIECE 1 + NSK EMAX EVOLUTION 1
GRAVER SHARPENING = GRAVERHONE ® VS
1 + GATOR WHEEL 1 (180 GRIT) + DIAMOND WHEEL 3 (260, 600, AND 1200 GRIT) +
CERAMIC LAP 1 + GRS APEX
™ SHARPENING FIXTURE
1 + EASYGRAVER
® SHARPENING FIXTURE
2 (105° + 120°)
MICRO TIG WELDING STATIONS
MAGNIFICATION AND LIGHTING = LEICA ® A60 WITH 0.63X OBJECTIVE LENS
1 + FLEX-ARM STAND 1
+ OPTIVISOR 1 (NO.5) + LAMP 1 + RING LIGHT 1 WORKHOLDING = MICROBLOCK ® XL
1 + SATELLITE
® TURNTABLE W/STAND
1 + LOW PROFILE VISE 1
+ MUCH MORE WORKHOLDING WILL BE PROVIDED AT EACH BENCH ACCORDING TO THE INSTRUCTOR’S PREFERENCE FOR THE COURSE. OTHER WORKHOLDING OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR USE UPON REQUEST.
EMPLOYEE PROFILE TORELL STEWART
Torell Stewart, in her third year as part of the GRS Sales Team, has always embraced her role with a positive attitude and readiness to learn. She loves working at a company that puts people first and enjoys getting to see world-class artistry created by our customers. Torell likes trying to see the world in new ways, even if it’s in her own backyard. She enjoys relaxing while listening to her record collection or working in her flower garden, which caters to butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
— As a wedding gift, I gave Jim a cigar cutter engraved by Mike Siderio. He shows it off to his friends all the time! — We enjoy the lake every chance we get on our vintage baby blue 1974 Glasspar Cutlas with our lake-loving dog Boston.
Remove screw from post 1 2 3 Run post back-and- forth on hand pad 4-5 times
Place post in drill, tighten and set to medium speed
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