Thomas A. Colman

   Tom was a third generation San Franciscan. He was happiest when he was out of doors, especially in the Sierra Nevada. Early in his life he developed a keen interest in Geology and began collecting stones. Although he traveled extensively to collect indigenous materials, his favorite sight was Jade Cove, California. He became a member of the San Francisco Gem & Mineral Society almost at its inception. Quickly becoming active in the society, he soon learned the art of commesso (intarsia). He became a highly respected teacher who shared all of his knowledge and experience. His work reflects his ability to incorporate natural materials as part of the entire design. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his work in the Fine Art of Commesso di pietre dure e tenere. He passed away several years ago and his contributions to society are sorely missed.  

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