Studio Workshops

Here is a look inside my goldsmithing studio, which serves a dual purpose. In addition to my professional workspace this studio is also a classroom for private instruction, individual consultation, and intimate group workshops.

I have occasional in-studio workshops as my schedule permits.  These intimate sessions run from 2 day weekend events to 5 day retreats for up to 5 participants in my professional environment.  The studio is minimalist and adequate with 275 square feet of floor space.  6 people can work simultaneously and comfortably in this setting, overlooking the garden, lounge, and the covered outdoor cooking and dining area of my wife’s culinary school.

Welcome to my studio.

My side by side working and demo benches are fronted by a half wall.

These are my 2 benches.

The 4 student benches are built as a free standing modular tandem unit with an anvil at one end.

Comfortable working space for 4 students.

The central anvil is at a standing working height.

Hammers and mandrels storage on the end of one bench.

A vented hot work station with a selection of 4 torches is in one corner.

Melting and pouring ingots, annealing and soldering area.

Milling, drawing, forming and grinding equipment.

Draw bench and rolling mill tables are together along one wall.

A wire storage rack for the draw plates on the draw bench.


For 40 years I have been creating jewelry and adornments with precious materials. I currently devote my time and energy to teaching applied techniques in the arts of goldsmithing, jewelry making, and professional development for studio artists.

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Helen Moody April 14, 2018 at 12:14 am

Dear Michael

I am interested in doing your design course F in Scottsdale in April 2019, and if you have time, private courses in crochet chain making and clasps. Please let me know how to go about registering and paying a deposit. I’ll be travelling from Australia.


Helen Moody


michaelsturlinstudio April 14, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Hi Helen,

I have responded by email to send the registration form and discuss further.


Steve painter February 27, 2014 at 2:11 pm

I see that you have recycled your wine cases on the draw bench, what a great way to justify drinking more wine :>)


sally stevens October 13, 2012 at 9:46 am

What a dream studio………………Thank you for the inspiration!


Catherine Witherell January 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm

It’s SOOO clean! It would be a pleasure to work there.


Dick Stromberg December 10, 2011 at 8:37 am

Is this the workshop of one who espouses fewer tools and more materials? How I envy you.


patpruitt June 2, 2011 at 8:31 am

Dude, that is a seriously sweet shop!!! Been wanting to build cabinets for above the benches in mine, thanks for sharing.


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