For those of you who do not know, I was diagnosed with cancer a
little over a year ago. I had to shut down a retail store, a
tradeshop, and our school. Went through three surgeries, radiation,
and chemotherapy. I have not worked in almost a year and a half.
Spent the last 3 months constructing a new personal studio, and a
I just finished instructing a 5 day (50 hour) experimental INTENSIVE
Engraving workshop… this was a minor miracle!
I was not at all sure that I would ever be able to work at what I
love doing. There was a lot of new damage to a body that was already
damaged pretty badly. But I did it.
This would not have happened were it not for Orchid.
First Carol Lorentz emailed me inquiring about my workshops, having
seen my posts on Orchid. She was not aware that I hadn’t taught for
all this time. She kept after me, emailing and calling at least a
half dozen times. She had a friend, Kate Dwyer, who was also
interested. Then Karl Linger wrote after I made a rather timid reply
to his post on Orchid inquiring about engraving instruction, and we
Now that I have proven that I can, I will continue to offer small (3
to 6 participants) workshops on various subjects out of my home
studio. If I continue to improve we will move back into a commercial
building and start where I left off.
Again, this would never have happened without Orchid. I would still
be just thinking about it… and wondering if I could.
Thank you Hanuman!
Brian P. Marshall
Stockton Jewelry Arts School
2207 Lucile Ave.
Stockton, CA 95209