SNAG really does include metalsmiths of all colors and bents, working in all different metals and scale.
I went to my first SNAG conference this year, and I’d like to verify
that there is no distinction made among various kinds of “callings"
among members. The folks there were there to learn, share and have a
great time, and that’s what took place. (The only incidence of
"snobbery” of any sort was at the pin swap, where a couple of people
wouldn’t trade with me because they were holding out for the
better-known jewelers’ pieces. Poor form! But that was, as they say,
the exception that proves the rule.)
I didn’t join for years because I wasn’t a goldsmith-- i.e., I
didn’t work in gold-- so I agree with those who support substituting
"metalsmiths" for “goldsmiths”. But I hope others will not allow
themselves to be intimidated by their perception of the name. These
are friendly, wonderful people, much like those here on Orchid, and
I had an unbelievably good time at the conference. No non-metal
people around to inhibit shop-talk, only vast numbers of friends and
colleagues. And the dinner and band at the end were the perfect
topper. I’d have a tough time imagining any improvement on that-- I
danced my fool head off, with no “my feet hurt” hubby to slow me
down. As you can tell, I can’t say enough about what a great
experience it was. So sign up, and go! You will NOT be sorry!