Hello my name is Todd Hansen we are here at The Art of Fire Contemporary Glass Blowing Studio here in Laytonsville, Maryland. We're online at www.artoffire.com. I've been a glass blower for about 12 years now. I've got several different lines of glass work that I work on and I'll be talking to you about glass blowing. There are several vendors around the country that supply colored glass, tools, things like that. Probably the most important thing is to make sure that the equipment you are using, especially the glass color, is compatible with the glass you are working with and you can find that out from the manufacturer. If you are looking for tools that's gonna be more of a personal preference, but there are several suppliers here that make really nice blocks, jacks, sheers, things like that. I think probably the easiest way to do it is just get on the internet and start searching for glass blowing tools. If you've got friends who do this or if you've got a studio that you have accessibility to then go in and talk to the people who work with the tools everyday. Everybody is gonna have a personal preference they're gonna tell you why they like a certain tool and why they don't like another one. So it's best just to ask someone before you make the investment. These tools aren't cheap: some jacks can run you $300 and some sheers can easily be $200. So depending on what you are buying you can really put some serious money down and you want to make sure you are getting something that really works for you so talk to people who do glass blowing, talk to instructors you work with, and others that you might know and ask them what they like and why they like it.