Joo Hyung Park
1. How long have you been working on the work bench you currently using? Does it have a story / history?
It has been 10 years since 2009. It was my aunt’s who passed away when I was little. I had no idea she had same job as mine, a jeweler. I inherited all of her tools and the bench was the biggest one.
2. Which is your favorite tool, and why?
Once, an opportunity to think about the very first tool in history, which is the origins of human making, was given to me. As I kept thinking about the first tool and my favorite tool, I found out that we have another tool that has come before the first one. Our hands. If we did not have our hands at the first place, the first tool and the other tools that came after would not come to exist either. So my favorite tool is my hand and second to my hands, I would say flex shaft is my favorite tool. I think I would that tool most often and I can’t do any work without it. I have three different ones.
3. What is the jewellery making technique / process you enjoy the most, and why?
I think it is carving I enjoy the most these days, if you count that as a jewelry making technique. Carving wood takes a long time, and I cannot foresee how the wood will react to my carving. The natural pattern it already owned starts to dance slowly as I start to carve. The pattern flows on the wood, and the form I carve gets curvier wishing the pattern to be more alive.
4. Anything else you want to tell us about your jewellery bench?
Maybe once a month, I feel sad for my aunt the original owner of the bench. She studied in US and came back with a brand-new bench to work with and didn’t get a chance to use it because she passed away too young. It is kind of a gift from her who loved me so much even though she didn’t buy it for me. I will take good care of it until I am done with my work.