Many of you long time members of Orchid may recall Dave Sebaste. I
recently learned that he died. When Dave was actively working in his
studio in the very early 2000s, we would get together as I visit
Charlotte NC, where he lived, quite often. Unfortunately the last
time I saw him was when we went to the Art of Gold exhibit at the
Mint Museum in 2003, though we kept in contact pretty regularly until
he closed down his studio.
If memory serves me correctly, he helped initiate the idea of us
jewelers sending in pictures of our benches and studios, which turned
into the Orchid Bench Exchange. If you go to the Bench Exchange link,
you’ll find his bench photo is on the first page.
Dave was an unusual mix of proud, former Marine and free spirit.
Though he didn’t participate with Orchid after he shut down his
studio, I think it appropriate to take some time to remember him for