I couldn't agree more. While I have been too busy lately to read
much of what has been posted on orchid and while sometimes I totally
disagree with someone's post I still look forward to checking my
e-mail on a daily basis.
There are many Orchidians in the Colorado front range and while I
have known some for years, others I have just met. Some examples.
Last week member Bill Wismer dropped by my store to introduce
himself and he even bought lunch. Thanks again Bill. Yesterday I
sent my assistant over to A2Z Metalsmith Supplies owned by members
Karen and Tim Goldstein. I had some pieces to be lazer welded. Tim
took the time to train and assist Sean in his first attempt at
repairs with this technology. Also yesterday I was up against a
particularly unique silver soldering situation and I thought of
posting the question on Orchid. Iinstead I called member Richard
Hart at the Jewelers Gallery and he shared some tips gathered from
his years of experience working in silver.
I imagine that all over this country and even beyond, there are
groups of like minded crafts people, artists and professional
jewelers who have met through Orchid. In a few weeks I will attend
the JCK show in Las Vegas where I will be on the look out, checking
out badges, trying to find familiar names, names of other Orchid