Tools are an essential part of jewelry making. No matter what level maker you are—from occasional jewelry maker to full-fledged bench jeweler—you've probably spent a small fortune in acquiring the tools for your trade. And, if you're interested in learning more techniques, you'll probably take a class or workshop and end up carting your tools across town or, in my case, across the country. I recently shot several sessions for a soon-to-be-released DVD, Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Fabrication, and wound up shipping my tools 1,500 miles each way to the studio. As I looked out the window of the plane, I knew my babies were traveling as comfortably as I was, because I had protected them for their long journey.