Thank you for your response and your time—I know our time is valuable, even more so these days as we get older. Sounds like you have had an interesting and exciting journey so far—being around talented people and the time you have had in the industry, is very advantageous. You have done well for yourself and I admire your work !!
I got involved with rocks and minerals around 3 years ago here in Jacksonville, Florida with a non-profit organization called Jacksonville Gem & Mineral Society (JGMS). Call it what you want—I think that it was meant to be! It introduced me to a world I never really knew about – Gems and Minerals from our awesome world!! There’s around 400 members (100 or so active) and we teach faceting, glass blowing, silversmithing, cabbing (natural stones) wire wrapping, PMC, Chainmalle- etc. Our members for a small fee ($3-$5 an hr.) can take classes and start a new adventure in life!!
When became involved with JGMS, I took a cabbing and silversmith class—now 3 years later I’m a Silversmith instructor- Cabbing instructor and will be President of the club next year !! Oouuchhh!! Not really, I really enjoy my time there-- sharing what I’ve learned so far, and it keeps pushing me further in my abilities. Of course, my time is donated to the club, being a non-profit.
That’s my story on how I came to be and where I am so far today. I have a studio in my home (It’s set up pretty good so far, I’ll include pic) and I have a piece of property locally at our beaches where my intention is to build my own studio and have a retail outlet. My money making job—is home remodeling, I’ve been a general contractor for over 25 years now and I have to juggle that which pays the bills --and my most inner passion of working with Sterling Silver/Brass/Copper (and soon Gold) and natural stones and gems.
Jim, I really appreciate your help and insight !!! It’s wonderful to have someone to turn to and to share this beautiful journey with!!
Would love to meet up if your down my way or if I’m in your neck of the woods!!