By rank 13 you can get rank 15 local leve. Beware though, higher rank local leves are hard (as are crafting in general beyond the first 10 ranks), I have a rank 6 tool, wearing DoH clothes to boost crafting attributes, I'm a goldsmith and I dump 60% of my points in DEX (because I also level Archer/Lancer and I hate missing), I drink and eat food that boost crafting attributes, use abilities (I have Epiphany from Goldsmith and Tender Touch from woodworking, use them together) and yet I could only do 4/5. To make the matter worse, high rank leve doesn't appear often, like 1 out of 5 leves offered. The low rank leves now give only as much SP and EXP as a normal crafting of my rank. So yes, you do get free skill up but they will get very very slow as you progress further.
Edited, Sep 27th 2010 8:44am by Khornette