& Dorothea Freeman
was a High School Mathematics teacher as well as an advanced teacher at
Drexel University. In the lapidary arts, he enjoyed imparting his knowledge
to others. He was a skilled craftsman who had a passion for excellence,
and it showed in his work, which won national honors. He also made the most
of the machinery, which he used in making his beautiful work in commesso
(intarsia), as well as faceting and cabbing. One commesso he made, without
a frame, was difficult to execute because of the curved lines, which had
to fit. The whole piece consisted of curved lines, except the perimeter.
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was so respected by the club members for his dedication to the Tuscarora
Lapidary Society, that they named their Skill Center in his honor after
Dorothea, Howard's wife, was also interested in lapidary, as well as jewelry
making. She had been a physical education and health instructor. Dorothea
was elected to the Temple Athletic Hall of Fame and was a national hockey
and basketball official for a number of years. She made commessi including
the intarsiate cover of a gemstone box that her husband Howard had crafted.
and Howard were qualified to be national judges in lapidary arts for the
Southeastern Federation. They were also instructors for many years at Wildacres,
an Eastern Federation workshop in North Carolina.