For many years I have been an avid supporter Ganoksin and Orchid. I
ran the Orchid Raffle for 6 years, helping out any way I could. With
the crushing force of Facebook and online forums, I admit, it was a
shiny and quick way to find answers to questions and connect to new
makers. However, the snarky tone of contributors by dealing with
trolls has made me finally walk away from various groups on Facebook
and back to the elegance and INFORMATIVE arms of Orchid. Hanuman has
been tireless in his moderation efforts to keep Orchid going. He
MODERATES this group, making everyone feel welcome and making sure we
are polite and respectful, like we want to be treated ourselves.
I like LEARNING at Ganoksin and I want to do it here and in the
archives of 18 years plus of archived material from my peers. I made
lots of friends here like Dan Grandi from RaceCar Jewelry (the best
metal caster I know), Sam Patania, Michael Sterling and countless
others - even Hanuman and Ton whom I have the pleasure of visiting
in Thailand. We are teachers, goldsmiths, writers, jewelry
designers, makers and so much more. Ganoksin and Orchid has given me
so much. and it asks nothing of me, other than to offer a good
tidbit of from hard learned lessons of trial and error.
I think you can go home again and it’s nice to still see people
chatting and learning from one another.
Now the ask. For those of you who have benefited from this
community, if you haven’t yet, help support Ganoksin. There is a
Drawing for $10,000 worth of prizes from Rio Grande for only $35!
What costs only $35 these days? Such a deal.
There has been an offer for books lately, e-books actually that you
can download or get a DVD (what I chose and am happy I did). All
kinds of wonderful, out of print metalsmithing books. All here, just
for you. Ok, a little more than $35, but like the special
anniversary or birthday dinner for two, this gift to you or somebody
who inspires you or perhaps a budding student.
Help Ganoksin and Orchid. Do your part, even if you only read the
Ganoksin Project on FB. You never know, you might just win that
Golden Ticket and take the flying elevator to who knows where with
With love and gratitude,