Edwin Gueck

   Edwin has been involved in lapidary for over 35 years. He has won Rocky Mountain and American Federation trophies. He chose the challenge of the lapidary division, requiring 10 different categories of lapidary work: cabochons, spheres, intarsia, mosaics, doublets, triplets, bookends, freeforms, transparencies, and contoured specimens. His distinctive checkerboard marble sphere was pictured in the Lapidary Journal. Edwin also made an inlaid table with 288 pieces of polished agates and jade.

   An avid field collector, Edwin has visited the most famous locations in the United States. Among his favorites are the Wyoming jade fields, the Herkimer quartz location in New York, the plume agate beds of Oregon and Texas, the emerald sites of North Carolina, and the Fairburn agates localities of South Dakota.
   A winter "snowbird" in Arizona, Gueck teaches a lapidary class in a resort north of Phoenix. He also displays at shows throughout the many states, and is happy to explain his technique to anyone who is interested in lapidary. Widely traveled, he has been inspired by lapidary work in major museums around the world. After returning from a recent trip to Russia, he remarked that the craftsmanship of Faberge lapidary artists has been an inspiration to many of the present day lapidary arts leaders.

   Asked what his favorite lapidary technique is, he replies, "It's hard to say, probably inlay or mosaics - something which combines several materials, but more often my favorite is whatever I happen to be working on." Edwin Gueck was elected into the National Rockhound & Lapidary Hall of Fame in 1997.

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