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medieval-scott Griffin began flameworking in Eugene, Oregon in 1995.  A few years after starting out Scott learned of the new studio starting out at the Corning Museum of Glass near his hometown in upstate New York.  With a desire to gain more competence with the material Scott returned to New York to have access to The Studio and the classes offered there.  After two years of continued learning Scott returned to Oregon.  In Eugene Scott worked with and around a variety of talented flameworkers.  Scott says of his time in Oregon, “Learning glass in a heavily blower populated place like that was just an awesome and motivating experience.  Everyone was sharing ideas and techniques; you could just feel the excitement and momentum of the flameworking movement.”

It was at this time that Scott recognized that everything was moving forward with flameworking; however the tools and equipment had not been modified or changed in decades.  Scott began making tools for himself that fit all the needs of his studio and as he would visit other studios he noticed that other flameworkers were lacking what they needed in their shops.  The “ah-ha” moment occurred while visiting a friend’s studio.  This was the day that he decided he would become a tool manufacturer.  “I told my friend that very day that I was going to do this.  It made a lot of sense to me.  Being a flameworker myself I have a very clear understanding of the needs of the industry.  The commitment of designing and manufacturing quality and effective tools for the modern flameworker has become just as much of a passion to me as working with glass!”

Since its inception in 2000 Griffin Glass Tools mission statement has remained simple, strong and clear; “Flameworking equipment designed and produced by a glass artist with a clear understanding of the field that they service allows for the creation of functional and adaptable glass working equipment.”  During the design and manufacturing stage, each tool undergoes extensive quality assurance and quality control before reaching the consumer.  To achieve the level of precision that Scott demands he is assisted by a skilled team of engineers and machinists.  “Our design interests are focused on enhancing the abilities of the modern flameworker through advanced tooling, and helping to create a more efficient and effective work environment.”