To the members and those who maintain Orchid,
Even though I have not found the time to fully participate -
being slightly overwhelmed by the process of putting together
and opening our school - I have managed to read almost every
post to Orchid…
I have found this forum and the archives to be priceless! The
sheer quantity and quality of available is mind
boggling. Combined with the advice of experts (those who make a
day to day living at this trade) there is almost nothing you can
ask, that someone in Orchid cannot help you with… or at least
point you in the right direction.
I beleive that this forum has/will change the way in which bench
jewelers think about themselves, the quality of their product,
and the profession in general. It has done that for me.
There are some pretty exceptional members of this forum. Without
them, and their willingness to share and direct newcomers, as
well as showing some “old timers” a better way or reminding them
of things they knew but may have forgotten (As has happened to
me, more than a few times on this forum!) we would all be
working in the “vacuum” of the past several decades… when most
of this was not shared - nor discussed - nor debated.
Thanks to all of you who have participated. One of my
"resolutions" for the coming year is to become more active on
this forum. I owe all of you…
Brian P. Marshall
Stockton Jewelry Arts School
708 W. Swain Rd.
Stockton, CA 95207