I have to say as somebody that got back into metal smithing, I
thought that SNAG would be a good place to learn something! So I
took the multi-year deal they offered. Boy I have to say, that was a
mistake. As all ready been said it has nothing to do with metal
smithing or the metal content is in the clasp?
They don’t even send membership cards or have a sticker for sale for
the tool box. Yet they send out begging letters for more money,
every couple of months. When I emailed them about the question of no
membership card. I never have received a answer. I would ask for a
refund on the grounds they are false advertising the metalsmith
magazine content, but they wouldn’t answer!
When I saw the cover through the plastic bag, I didn’t even bother
to open it, Hopefully I can find somebody to buy them at the mineral
groups sale next year.
I do admit that I am at a loss and do not under stand the concept of
conceptual jewelry. Nobody even if they can afford it, would wear
it, even if they were not in their right mind. Most of it doesn’t
even make bad sculpture.
Two pound felt beads on a felt necklace, I can’t believe that it is
art, and secondly that a museum would even consider buying it. As
with most of the art scene, the concept of conceptual arts concept
is way beyond me, in the real world. (Please don’t email me It is my
OPINION, I have seen some wonderful fiber art works and that series
wasn’t one of them)
As James also said about the newsletter, it was the only bright
spot. Hey here’s and Idea SNAG board. How about dumping the magazine
and bring back the news letter. It would save you money along with
the cost of printing and mailing the begging letters.
Because I don’t do commercial or sell many items it isn’t a lively
hood issue as it is for others here. It seems I have seen this play
out before with other groups and magazines when they forget their
The Mother Earth News is a prime example, when it was sold and went
suburban with the auto adds etc. went down hill to a homey and
garden type. but thats another issue.
You probably can tell I will not be renewing my membership, now or
in the near future.
James Thanks for bringing this up. As I have been wanting to post
the above and ask the question you did. glen