I live just west of Boston, and would also enjoy getting together
with other Orchid members. I know from experience that it can work;
we have had many pleasant evenings with others from this area
interested in stone faceting whom we met through the Faceter’s Digest,
another online forum.
When we were organizing the faceting group through postings to
Faceters’ Digest, many people were hesitant to publish addresses (or
phone numbers, since reverse phone books would yield addresses)
because they felt that thieves monitoring this mail list would see
their membership in such a group as a sign posted “steal from this
address - gems and gold lie herein!”. Even when I get metal
delivered from a refiner, it never shows the company name in the
return address, they use either a fake name or initials only. I
personally have never had a theft, but am willing to be cautious based
on others’ experience.
I’ve said all that so that you would not be discouraged if the number
of people who post their specific address is small; identifying a
meeting place and time will allow others to participate without
broadcasting their addresses to the world at large. We in the smaller
faceters group all know one another’s addresses now, after more that a
year of meetings. Our meetings are alternating between a location in
Marlborough, MA and our house and attendees vary depending on how
close they are to each house.
I see lots of advantages to hooking up with others of like mind. I
know I spend money on classes when all I’m really looking for is
company. I think that the recent thread on home shows and the
advantages of doing it with others to share responsibility and costs.
Written advice is good, but having someone show you how to do it is
Keep me posted, and drop me a note if you need any help organizing!