Malcom is a glass worker. I grew to know him many years ago - at least 20 years ago, when his mother brought some exquisite black ash baskets in to my store for me to look at and possibly purchase. I have one of them next to my fireplace to this day - they were really stunning. I really enjoyed getting to know Nancy over the years, and when I met Malcom, we hit it off. He creates wonderful fused glasswork and has a studio in Minneapolis where he teaches lampworking classes and rents hot torch and cold forming time. When I have customers interested in learning how to work with glass, I always refer them to him because he knows what he's doing. He's talented, and he's been making his living with his glasswork for many years now.
I needed access to a ring saw. A ring saw cuts glass, and I have some larger and some additional shapes that need to be cut from the glass I fused last week. I spent most of my Wednesday cutting four smaller pieces by hand, and I didn't want to even think about trying to do that for the larger and more complex pieces. I've used a ring saw before and I knew it could do what I wanted with a minimum of fuss and time. The problem is, they cost $350 and that's WAY more money than I have or can spend. So I Emailed Malcom to find out if he had one for rent and he does; $25 for an hour of cold studio time. I'm deliriously happy. I'll bring my glass there in two weeks and cut out all of the shapes that I need, then I can take them back home to flash fire them. I need to work this project carefully, mistakes can't be redone so each step needs to be carefully thought out before I begin the beading. The beadwork, at least, will be easier :-)