Return to civility
[I sent this on Jan. 19, but since it hasn’t appeared, I am
Thank you for your thoughts on this, Lisa. I agree on the wide
generosity of the Orchid members and that rudeness (or arrogance) is
never called for. But I wonder if postings to Orchid have fallen off
for other reasons. When I first joined, over 10 years ago, it was
just at the time when folks were sending in some of their favorite
short-cuts, etc., in jewelrymaking. I copied pages of this useful
stuff, filled notebooks with it, and still refer back to them.
But currently the topics on Orchid seem mostly limited to precious
metals and the use of very expensive equipment. It’s been weeks
since I’ve copied any from the list, since I do not use
precious metals, nor do I make my living from jewelrymaking. I just
enjoy constructing (and wearing) base metal jewelry, and sell about
$3,000-$4,000 of it per year out of one gallery. I could sell a lot
more, but then it wouldn’t be fun.
I can think of a few other possible reasons why postings have fallen
off (other than that they currently are not very relevant to
hobbyists or part-time jewelers). In the Orchid Archives, one can get
some basic questions answered by doing a little research. There’s
increasing use of the Internet, and there are also more colorful
books being written and basic classes on jewelrymaking being taught.
Because of my personality and age, I am not put off by rudeness. I
just skip over it. Life is too short to do otherwise.
Thanks to all of you (like Lisa) who are so kind and generous,