The number of recent posts may have decreased because many of the
active posters here have been off to Brad Simon's four-day Jeweler's
Bench Conference in Buffalo, NY.
I just returned last night and was pleasantly surpised to have been
able to put faces to the many names I se here. Great fun, informal
event, but very, very educational, and a chance to see many vendors
in a venue much lass crowded than the normal large jewelry shows.
I was invited to teach a full afternon class relating to jewelry
photography, and two other clases relating to the handling of
colored stones at the bench. I had too much fun and I thnk everyone
else did, as well, judging from the buzz.
United Precious Metals gave us a tour of their facility, breaking a
long-standing tradition of allowing ANYONE inside their facilities.
Very educational and impressive. The group was then taken to nearby
Niagara Falls for a visit, and THEN to the Anchor Bar, the home of
the riginal Buffalo Wings, where everyone feasted. And UPM most
generously picked up the entire tab! WOW!
Next year, the event is in Los Angeles...for more visit
BWSimon.com and subscribe to the free Bench newsletter.
Just a great event for bench jewelers and store owners!