first real involvement in lapidary came in 1992. A very good friend was
involved as president of the Toy-ki Silvercraft Club here in Sun City West,
Arizona. We were talking and I expressed an interest in learning both lapidary
and silver craft. He took me on a short tour of both facilities here in
Sun City West. Both clubs have flourished this being a retirement community,
which encourages arts and crafts.
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first involvement with intarsia started as a result of an article in the
Rock and Gem Magazine detailing the intarsia school conducted by Jim Kaufmann
in Sedona, Arizona. I contacted Jim and invited him to come to Sun City
West and put on a short program about intarsia. Many of our members expressed
an interest in taking the course, but n the end I was the only one who signed
up for the 5-day class. I have a medical problem with rheumatoid arthritis
and of course during my class it flared up. Jim was very understanding and
said that when it cleared up to give him a call and I could restart and
complete the course. I did complete the course a few weeks later.
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my return to Sun City West I made several pieces just to keep my skills.
Then other members of the Johnson Lapidary Club wanted to learn how to do
it and I accommodated them by conducting a short course sponsored by the
Club. Since those days many more members have taken the training and many
have become quite proficient.
couple of years after I started intarsia I decided to enter some of my work
at the Arizona State Fair. At that time, the lapidary arts had a fairly
god representation at the fair. On my first entry, I won a blue ribbon for
my efforts. A couple of years later in 2003, I entered for the second time.
My work had improved over the intervening years and this time I won not
only the blue ribbon for my work but also the Martin Koning Award Outstanding
Lapidary Exhibit and a purple ribbon for best if show. I am particularly
interested in incorporating opal, lapis and various jaspers into my work.
I have enough projects in my mind and roughed out on paper to keep me busy
for several years.
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have been continuously fascinated by the work shown in the Lapidary Journal
and Rock and Gem magazines. Certainly as I attended various trade and craft
fairs I have seen considerable growth in this aspect of lapidary arts. I
think it is only through efforts like this that this little segment of the
lapidary arts will prosper and grow."