Help a struggling freelance metallurgist/jeweler
August 15, 2013 9:22 AM Subscribe
My mom's current gentleman companion, "Fred", works out of his home as a metallurgist/jeweler. He has been making Southwestern style jewelry for decades, and from what I can tell he is very talented. He also makes gorgeous knives and tomahawks. He is older, not particularly tech-savvy, and he is having trouble making ends meet. Help me to help Fred become more successful.
posted by forkisbetter to work & money (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
He has worked in the Southwestern jewelry industry for decades, but had to quit working for a jewelry company due to an injury. Fred built a forge in his backyard where he has a pretty full workshop for making custom metal knives, tomahawks, and jewelry. He also likes to go to auctions where he buys (theoretically to re-sell) antique furniture, collectibles, and antique knives.
Currently, the only way Fred sells anything is through eBay. He does not get prices for items that he thinks are fair. Selling his work is Fred's only source of income, and he is really struggling. He is older, and I think unfairly skeptical of using other websites to market his stuff.
I am willing to help Fred set up anything online (he is in New Mexico and I am in DC) and my mom is willing to help him out with any events or markets locally.