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Long overdue introduction


#1

Hi all,

My name is Mike O’Toole and I have been lurking on the list for over
two years. (golly sounds like I’m at a “twelve-step” meeting :slight_smile:

I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and have been metalworking at the
hobbyist/amateur level for about twelve years. On the billpaying
side I’m a System Support Specialist in the computer/IT industry.

I started out making mail armour and progressed to jewellry with
piercework pendants, wire earrings and have taken a couple of
silversmith classes locally and even took a blacksmith class last
fall that let me swing a big hammer. :slight_smile:

My current interests are learning and figuring out historical
techniques for jewellry manufacture. Ancient/medieval/early
rennaissance pieces from Northern Europe get “my motor running” so
to speak. I find that learning something new and making a tool is
half the pleasure of finishing a piece.

I’m also a member of the Calgary Rock and Lapidary Club, sit on the
Board as Parlimentarian, look after the club library, and also a
member of the Show committee.

I have met several members of the list already, Karen Bahr taught
one of the silversmithing classes and I have seen Charles
Lewton-Brain though other responsibilities (like work and duties at
our annual Show) conspire to keep me from meeting him. :slight_smile:

There are many on the list that have helped me understand different
facets of the jewellry making process but there are a few that I
would like to thank in text:

Peter Rowe and John Burgess for providing clear and concise
explanations of chemistry topics like pickles, fluxes, fire-scale
and fire-stain preventions.

Ian Wright for descriptions of graver polishing and annealing
techniques.

Charles Lewton-Brain for all sorts of good advice from Cheap Thrills
in the Tool Shop, to Small Scale Photography, more info on
fire-stain and its prevention. One of these days I track you down
and thank you in person. :slight_smile:

Thanks again to the entire list for helping me learn more about my
"hobby"

Mike O’Toole


#2

Mike,

Jerry in NYC posted this awhile ago…thought you might find it
interesting. (it stayed in my “to-do” folder…see it below!)

I personally am continually amazed at the talents of those many
years ago who didn’t have the neat-o tools that we do!!! I am a big
fan of SCYTHIAN gold work…truely amazing.

  http://userweb.suscom.net/~apolloniavoss/jewellery_studies.htm 

  Jewellery Studies, the journal of the Society of Jewellery
  Historians (London) ISSN: 0268-2087, is a wealth of articles
  of value to the SCADIAN or other historical jeweler. 

  Publisher: Society of Jewellery Historians Publisher Address:
  British Museum, London WC 1B 3DB united Kingdom Publisher
  Contact Information: Fax: 011 44 1588 620558 

best of luck…and nice to meet ya!

-julia potts
julia potts studios


#3

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Hi Julia,

Thanks for reposting the link. I missed it the first time and am
definitely interested enough to try and get a couple of the volumes
through inter-library-loan.

A friend of mine also into medieval recreation is fascinated with
Scythian culture and had approached me about making some of the gold
triangular plates that adorned their clothing.

I only had one or two photos in one book so I sent her back to find
more examples. Someday I’m sure she will return with about a pound
of photos then we’ll get to work. :slight_smile:

Some of the work of ancient cultures is truly amazing, but then
again our best tool for the last 60,000 years has been our brain.
:slight_smile:

thanks again for the link, I’ve got it on file too.

Mike O’Toole