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Ganoksin Orchid Raffle 2008 is Announced


#1

Orchid Tucson Raffle

This is your chance to win some amazing prizes!!
The total for prizes value is 23,187.90 US$!

Incredible Prizes and SEVEN winners!

Help Ganoksin. Help Orchid. Purchase a Raffle ticket today.

Tickets are only $39!!
Support Orchid! Buy a ticket, or increase your chances, buy a few!

http://www.ganoksin.com/events/raffle-08.htm


#2

Orchid Tucson Raffle

This is your chance to win some amazing prizes!!
The total for prizes value is 23,187.90 US$!

Incredible Prizes and SEVEN winners!

Help Ganoksin. Help Orchid. Purchase a Raffle ticket today.

Tickets are only $39!!
Support Orchid! Buy a ticket, or increase your chances, buy a few!

http://www.ganoksin.com/events/raffle-08.htm


#3

Hi All,

First off, you have seen the announcements for the Ganoksin Raffle.
As the organizer, this is always a labor of love for me, recognizing
and honoring those donors who participate because they believe in the
power of of this group. I urge you, not only to support them, but to
also purchase a ticket. There are some amazing prizes out there and
the odds are very high in your favor of winning something.

All the prizes are transferable. If you win and you think that your
prize would suit another jeweler, organization or that special
someone, you are allowed to give the gift of giving.

Participation is open worldwide!

Purchasing a ticket for someone in their name is a great stocking
stuffer. I know you are all busy, but we also have come to rely on
Orchid and Ganoksin every day. Ganoksin is free to everyone who
chooses to search the archives for find a supplier,
purchase a book, see others studios and so much more. The supporters
of the raffle go the extra mile because they believe in this family.

The deadline for the online purchase of tickets is: February 6,
2008. It might seem far away, but here it is December already! Tucson
is right around the corner. The past winners who are at the Orchid
Dinner on Fright night, Feb. 8 and myself will announce the winner
for the 2008 Raffle. It’s a hold your breath moment.

Tell all your friends. You can find the right on the
home page of Ganoksin.com. Scroll down the page to the Press Room,
and all the is right there.

http://www.ganoksin.com/events/raffle-08.htm

Kathleen Boyd won last year. This is what she had to say.

I'm a beginner craftsperson. Over the past years, Ganoksin has
helped me out of many binds. This has included learning how to
cure stumps, saving the patina on copper, and tips on soldering.
As a result, I purchased a raffle ticket to support the site that
has given me so much. The list of prizes was tantalizing and I
daydreamed about winning. When I heard Karen and Hanuman's voices
on my voicemail I proceeded to dance a jig around the kitchen and
my family thought I had finally lost it. 

My studio is very modest and sparse, so winning the gift
certificates for tools has allowed me to try new techniques and
expand my skills. The first of the prizes to arrive was the
Foredom Flex shaft. I had been making do with a really cheap
knockoff; it is amazing the difference a quality tool makes. JNB
studio sent me the entire set of instructional engraving DVDs.
The Gesswein and Otto Frei gift certificates were used to buy an
engraving ball and gravers and I am in the process of learning to
become an expert engraver. I have not produced anything museum
worthy yet but I'm working on it. The McCinnon Global
certificates bought a Foredom bench polishing lathe. The Rio gift
certificate bought something I have been drooling over for years,
the Bill Fretz anvil set. My studio is now overflowing with an
array of awesome new equipment that I experiment with daily. 

As luck would have it, I live in the Boston area and am a
current student at Metalwerx so a gift certificate there was
especially welcome. I learned the art of chasing on a vessel from
Valentin Yatkov. Registration to the Clasp conference in Denver
put on by Rio was also included, what a fabulous informative
time! I had three days of sharing with wonderful,
creative people, learning about marketing and new ways to open
creative channels and I came home with my creative juices
recharged and new ideas about how to streamline my work flow and
market my jewelry. 

Winning the Ganoksin raffle has completely transformed my studio
from a bare bones space to one teaming with fun tools to play
with. It has been a year of wonderful surprises and awesome
creative experiences. I would like to thank everyone who
contributed to the Ganoksin raffle for the generosity. 

Karen Christians
Ganoksin Raffle Organizer
Waltham, MA


#4

Orchid Tucson Raffle

This is your chance to win some amazing prizes!!
The total for prizes value is 23,187.90 US$!

Incredible Prizes and SEVEN winners!

Help Ganoksin. Help Orchid. Purchase a Raffle ticket today.

Tickets are only $39!!
Support Orchid! Buy a ticket, or increase your chances, buy a few!

http://www.ganoksin.com/events/raffle-08.htm


#5

Orchid Tucson Raffle

This is your chance to win some amazing prizes!! The total for prizes
value is 23,187.90 US$!

Incredible Prizes and SEVEN winners!

Help Ganoksin. Help Orchid. Purchase a Raffle ticket today.

Tickets are only $39!! Support Orchid! Buy a ticket, or increase
your chances, buy a few!

https://www.ganoksin.com/events/raffle-08.htm


#6

Orchid Tucson Raffle

This is your chance to win some amazing prizes!!
The total for prizes value is 23,287.90 US$!

Incredible Prizes and SEVEN winners!

Help Ganoksin. Help Orchid. Purchase a Raffle ticket today.

Tickets are only $39!!
Support Orchid! Buy a ticket, or increase your chances, buy a few!

http://www.ganoksin.com/events/raffle-08.htm


#7

Hi All!

Yup, it’s the next round of highlighting our generous supporters of
this year’s Ganoksin raffle. I know, I know, you are saying, enough
already. Hey, if you haven’t seen this year’s lineup and are on your
tush waiting to purchase a ticket, get off your couch, cause your
odds are very good of winning something. Over $23K of goodies and
jewelry and business tools and classes and bench tools and…

Tickets are only $39!!
http://www.ganoksin.com/events/raffle-08.htm

This edition, on behalf of Ganoksin, we thank Foredom, Myron Toback
and GemZ.

The online raffle ends in 24 Days!

I am pleased to present our next round of Ganoksin prize donators.

Foredom
http://blackstoneind.com/ordermaxx/foundations/store/shopcart.asp

Foredom TX Flexshaft and Book - Retail Price - $395

Who hasn’t heard of Foredom? One of the premier jewelry tool
companies who manufacture superior flexible shafts, handpieces,
bench top hand held machines, the list goes on and on. From personal
experience at many major trade shows, I have had the pleasure of
working together with Mike Zagielski, the Senior Sales Rep for
Foredom, who takes the time and patience to answer any questions
related to their equipment, no matter how trivial the question may
be. It has been my pleasure, while working on the book, “Making the
Most of Your Flex-Shaft”, Orchid in Print, to visit the factory and
to see first hand how a flex shaft is manuctured and assembled. This
is a very good company with very good products. On a personal note
here, if it weren’t for the support of Foredom for Orchid in Print
series, based on discussions I gleaned from the Orchid Forum on
Ganoksin, there would be no books. Their products are superior as is
their customer service.

Foredom is donating a TX Flexible Shaft and #30 handpiece and foot
pedal. This is a beefy motor ready for all of your jewelry tasks.

Foredom will be at Rio Grande’s Catalog in Motion and at the Orchid
Dinner.

Myron Toback

Ambassador Collection Dapping Set - Value $415

Located in the heart of the jewelry district in Manhattan, Myron
Toback has been serving the jewelry trade since 1965, they
specialize in findings and tools. They say, “Whether you wire it,
bead it, flux it, pierce it, string it, screw it, post it, enamel
it, solder it, mount it, clasp it, link it, etc. you get the idea”,
WE STOCK IT, just about says it all. Myron Toback has generously
donated a complete 23 piece Dapping Set. This is an oustanding
addition to anyone’s studio allowing you, the maker, to fabricate a
myriad of shapes for your jewelry creations.

Myron Toback’s generous donation speaks to the association and
support of Ganoksin as this is the top of the line Dapping Set they
offer. Each year we have the pleasure of seening the owners of Myron
Toback, Eli and Joy at the Orchid Dinner.

GemZ
http://www.gemzdiamondsetting.com

Two voucher including gravers and materials - $818

Gerry Lewy, a teacher, master stone setter and author, has
generously donated two certficates for learning how to set stones. A
contributor to The Bench Media magazine, MJSA Journal and more, you
will be astonished on how much you can learn from a master.

Gemz Diamond Setting has been in existence for the past 20 years and
has successfully defined itself as a leader in the field of Diamond
Setting, both in Canada and the United States of America. In the past
5 years Gerald N. Lewy, president of Gemz Diamond Setting, has seen
an urgent need for quality training in the form of seminars. Since
that time, Gemz Diamond Setting has expanded internationally,
offering trade seminars and personalized in-shop training sessions to
a widely receptive market. As well, Gerald is known throughout the
diamond setting community as “Gerry the Cyber-Setter”. It is with the
greatest pleasure that Gemz Diamond Setting, and its mentor and
innovator, Gerald N. Lewy, announce the official launch of
gemzdiamondsetting.com. Gerry has been in the diamond setting trade
for the past 36 years.

This is your chance to win some amazing prizes!!
The total for prizes value is 23,187.90 US$!

Incredible Prizes and SEVEN winners!

Help Ganoksin. Help Orchid. Purchase a Raffle ticket today.

Tickets are only $39!!
Support Orchid! Buy a ticket, or increase your chances, buy a few!

http://www.ganoksin.com/events/raffle-08.htm


#8

Orchid Tucson Raffle

This is your chance to win some amazing prizes!!
The total for prizes value is 23,287.90 US$!

Incredible Prizes and SEVEN winners!

Help Ganoksin. Help Orchid. Purchase a Raffle ticket today.

Tickets are only $39!!
Support Orchid! Buy a ticket, or increase your chances, buy a few!

http://www.ganoksin.com/events/raffle-08.htm


#9

Orchid Tucson Raffle

This is your chance to win some amazing prizes!!
The total for prizes value is 23,287.90 US$!

Incredible Prizes and SEVEN winners!

Help Ganoksin. Help Orchid. Purchase a Raffle ticket today.

Tickets are only $39!!
Support Orchid! Buy a ticket, or increase your chances, buy a few!

http://www.ganoksin.com/events/raffle-08.htm


#10

Hi All! It is my pleasure to announce 3 more wonderful supporters of
Ganoksin offer their services and support.

THE ONLINE PURCHASE FOR RAFFLE TICKETS ENDS IN 16 DAYS!

Tickets are only $39
Support Orchid! Buy a ticket, or increase your chances, buy a few!

http://www.ganoksin.com/events/raffle-08.htm

Allcraft Tool
http://allcraftonline.com

A selection of hammers - Retail Price - $300

Located in the Jewelry District of New York, Tevel Herbstman has
been at the helm Allcraft for nearly 20 years serving the jewelry
community, no matter if you are a student, a professional or somebody
just in between. Always a leader in providing quality hammers and
stakes for all your fabrication needs. If you ever have a question,
an idea or suggestion, Allcraft is always there to solve your jewelry
needs.

The winner of the Ganoksin Raffle, will get to go shopping at
Allcraft for a selection of hammers of any size or shape allowing you
forge your dreams into beautiful creations.

Thank you Allcraft for your generous donation to the Ganoksin
Raffle.

Manufacturing Jewelry Suppliers of America (MJSA)
http://mjsa.org

Selection of books and a subscription to MJSA Journal Value - $300

Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America has one overarching
goal: to help its members achieve greater profitability. Our member
companies span all areas of the jewelry industryprecious and fashion
jewelry manufacturers, designers, bench jewelers, suppliers of the
latest equipment and services, gem dealers, and retailers that want
a better understanding of jewelry manufacturing processes. Regardless
of their backgrounds, these companies count on MJSA to maximize their
profits. And we do this by delivering valuable and
opportunities, especially through our four key areas: MJSA member
benefits, MJSA Expo, MJSA Journal, and the MJSA Jewelry Academy.
Learn
about the many member benefits of MJSA . Read our monthly magazine,
MJSA Journal . Discover MJSA Expo New York, our flagship trade show .
Sign up for training through the MJSA Jewelry Academy .

The winner of the Ganoksin Raffle can select a variety of their
excellent publications. MJSA is also the publisher for the Orchid in
Print Books.

Racecar Jewelry
http://racecarjewelry.com

Workshop Model Making, Molding, and Casting for Designers and
Students Value - $300

One of the finest casting and finishing companies in America,
Racecar Jewelry can deliver a one of a kind creation or a full
production line in the thousands. From model to a finished piece of
jewelry in the box, Racecar can deliver. They are more than just a
casting house, they specialize in educating the artist to make the
most of their production line.

Dan Grandi, the owner of Racecar Jewelry is also an incredible
teacher. The lucky winner of the Ganoksin Raffle will learn how to
make your models into a production line at a workshop held at
Metalwerx. This prize is completely transferable, and someone will
learn the basics of model making, mold making and production casting
by one of the best in the business.

Thank you Dan Grandi at Racecar Jewelry for your kind support.

Orchid Tucson Raffle

This is your chance to win some amazing prizes!!
The total for prizes value is 23,187.90 US$!

Incredible Prizes and SEVEN winners!

Help Ganoksin. Help Orchid. Purchase a Raffle ticket today.

Tickets are only $39!!
Support Orchid! Buy a ticket, or increase your chances, buy a few!

http://www.ganoksin.com/events/raffle-08.htm


#11

Orchid Tucson Raffle

This is your chance to win some amazing prizes!!
The total for prizes value is 23,187.90 US$!

Incredible Prizes and SEVEN winners!

Help Ganoksin. Help Orchid. Purchase a Raffle ticket today.

Tickets are only $39!!
Support Orchid! Buy a ticket, or increase your chances, buy a few!

http://www.ganoksin.com/events/raffle-08.htm


#12

Hi All:

Whoa! It’s January 23rd! How did that happen? The Tucson Gem Show is
right around the corner. The deadline for purchasing a raffle ticket
is coming fast, fast, fast.

THE ONLINE RAFFLE ENDS IN 14 DAYS!
http://www.ganoksin.com/events/raffle-08.htm

I am please to highlight three more great supporters of the Ganoksin
Raffle. Seven lucky people will go home with some serious goodies.
It can happen to you, as it has happened to many who said, “but I
never win anything”. Imagine how surprised they were when they got
that phone call in the middle of the night.

See you all at the dinner when I pick the winners!

Oh, and the Orchid dinner? ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THE DINNER ENDS
JANUARY 31!

Karen Christians
Ganoksin Raffle Organizer

Bob Rush Cabochons

Gift certificate for a variety of beautiful hand cut cabochons Value
$300

New to the raffle this year are a fine selection of hand cut
cabochons for your jewelry needs. They will make great gifts for
friends or for you!

A collection of rare and beautiful hand cut cabochons perfect for
anyone wanting to set lovely stones into their creations.

Bob Rush is a self-taught lapidary residing in San Jose, CA. He
began his lapidary adventure at a young age when his uncle introduced
him to the techniques of cutting and polishing the local agates found
in Southern Oregon. In the nearly 50 years since, he has expanded and
refined his lapidary skills to include work on many varied projects
including assembled stones such as opal doublets and triplets,
freeform cabs, very large color cabochons and some stone carving.

He continues to search for rare and unique cutting rough with
distinct patterns and features that are both typical and unusual for
that particular material. These patterns are his focus for rare and
unique high quality cabochons for the jewelry artists’ special design
needs. These patterns and features often dictate the final shape for
the cabochon thus they will not be cut to the generally accepted
commercial sizes and shapes.

Gesswein
http://www.gesswein.com/

Gift Certificate for $300 worth of tools value $300

One of Ganoksin’s regular supporters, Gesswein offers a shopping
spree for anything in their catalog.

Since 1914, Gesswein is one the industry leaders in the jewelry tool
business. Elaine Corwin in Technical Support was one of the first
supporters of the Ganoksin Raffle. Gesswein has an excellent sales
staff and are always helpful to any jeweler no matter where you are
in your career.

On their website, they have an interesting story of Gesswein’s
history. Here is an excerpt.

About Gesswein:

“To our friends and patrons, greetings. Prompted by a universal
demand from our friends, and strongly feeling the need of a book that
would be a work of standard value on tools and supplies=8A we have,
with the characteristic spirit of our house, spared neither labor nor
expense in producing a catalogue that will be a benefit to every
buyer and workman in the line.”

So began an early Gesswein catalog offered at a time when all work
was painstakingly crafted and finished entirely by hand. Compared to
the present, considering current manufacturing knowledge and
production supplies and equipment, those early days were hazardous
and inefficient. Many techniques were unsafe and exposed the workers
to highly toxic chemicals. The machinery that was available was
powered by pulley or, at best, by gas or steam generators.

How we came to be here, back in 1914, is truly an American success
story. The father of our company, Paul H. Gesswein, was born in
Germany. One of the youngest in a family of 18 children, he came to
America with his father and some of his younger siblings when he was
in his early teens.

His arrival in this country typified the struggle that immigrants
faced in becoming self-sufficient. As a teenager, Paul took a job
working in a hardware store. Young Paul found that he had many
requests from nearby craftsman for precision tools, mainly for
manufacturing jewelry. Recognizin= g an opportunity, he decided to
start his own business. He began by importing European tools
(primarily from Germany) because American-made products were rare or
nonexistent. Initially, Paul’s customers were local; they visited the
store to make their purchases. As time went on, however, Paul
decided t= o visit customers outside the New York City area and began
traveling by steamer between New York and Boston. As people heard
about his precision tools, requests from other parts of the country
were received. That’s when Paul decided to produce a book of tools
and supplies that he could mail to those customers who couldn’t visit
his store - and the first Gesswein catalog was born!

Thank you Gesswein for your continuing support and faith in
Ganoksin.

RHB Enterprises - Robert and Sophie Berzofsky

Gift certificate for stones Value $300

I have had the pleasure of knowing Robert and Sophie and to see
their stone collection close and personal. They offer unique stones
at a reasonable price and are a joy to work with. If you need
something special, they will find what you need and stay within your
budget. Each year they travel to Thailand and Hong Kong and bring
back very different and unique stones. They are careful to make sure
if you select a raw diamond or a lovely briolette, that you can
string them with ease. It is this attention to the small details is
what makes them special.

A beautiful selection of stones by gem importers Robert and Sophie
Berzofsky. Their yearly travels to Asia provide beautiful selection
of stones, beads, briolettes and raw diamonds, affordably priced for
your creations.

Thank you Robert and Sophie. Your contribution of stones and your
wonderful spirit are appreciated by Ganoksin.

Orchid Tucson Raffle

This is your chance to win some amazing prizes!!
The total for prizes value is 23,287.90 US$!

Incredible Prizes and SEVEN winners!

Help Ganoksin. Help Orchid. Purchase a Raffle ticket today.

Tickets are only $39!!
Support Orchid! Buy a ticket, or increase your chances, buy a few!

http://www.ganoksin.com/events/raffle-08.htm


#13

Orchid Tucson Raffle

This is your chance to win some amazing prizes!!
The total for prizes value is 23,187.90 US$!

THE DEADLINE FOR THE ONLINE RAFFLE IS FEBRURY 4TH!

Incredible Prizes and SEVEN winners!

Help Ganoksin. Help Orchid. Purchase a Raffle ticket today.

Tickets are only $39!!
Support Orchid! Buy a ticket, or increase your chances, buy a few!

http://www.ganoksin.com/events/raffle-08.htm