After reading through, in the last few months, myriad posts on: 1)
bench vs “art” jewelry, 2) argentium silver vs sterling silver, 3)
puk vs laser welders vs traditional soldering, I’ve decided the
Orchid list is no longer a source of authoritative
Many posts are self-interested marketing and fail to be objective or
informative. Often little effort is given to even thinly veiling the
economic or ego interests of the posters. Creating unseemly
controversy is not something most avoid. Personal attacks and
innuendo abound, to the extent that some whose economic interests are
threatened by cowboy controversy have to weigh in to pouroil on
troubled waters and try to damp down controversy.
This, too, appears to be an effort to protect profits.
Do posters think none of us readers can think or see unstated
motives, which are obvious, for what they are? Do they think we are
overjoyed by personal attacks and innuendo? That we all are eager to
attend bullfights and see bloody videos?
I’ve decided that: 1) I don’t need anyone to tell me that there are
good things in traditional, “conformist” bench jewelry, just as there
are great “art” pieces made by people who are not career bench
jewelers; 2) I’ll have to get some argentium and some 925 sterling
and perform my own tests before deciding which to use for various
projects, since there isn’t much effort by proponents of either to be
fair and balanced in their discussion; and 3) if I considered buying
a puk, “pulse-arc” or laser welder, I’d for sure find a place to work
with each for several days before even considering buying any of
them. I’d expect better objectivity from folks who are selling items
costing in four figures, but I guess it isn’t forthcoming.
With the lack of respect craftspersons and merchants are showing to
each other here, my new motto will be "scroll down, scroll down,
delete, move on…
This list needs more moderation. Very sad.