In making your Tucson plans don't forget to check out the free,
public, talks, demonstrations and seminars at the Electric Park
For a venture that's only in its second year we have a gratifyingly
high power lineup of speakers and presenters.
We have the Mayor of Tucson coming in to facet cut a stone; we have
Fred Ward presenting his new book on phenomenal gems; we have Colin
Winter, one of the most respected and senior figures in British
gemmology, giving a presentation on spectroscopy; we have Roger Dery,
past winner of the AGTA cutting award, talking about the real world
of commercial, non-hobby, professional gem cutting; Brad Simon
introduces a new internet-based jewelry television channel; award
winning cutter Tyler Allen will give a spine-tingling account of his
greenhorn's venture into the turbulent and dangerous world of gem
buying in Madagascar. Not surprisingly, Orchid is well represented,
with Gerry Lewy doing two sessions on diamond setting with the graver
and Wayne Emery doing presentations on gem and jewelry photography.
He's also by the way doing another on the USB microscope which was
recently mentioned here on Orchid - that's the intriguing little
camera-cum-microscope that plugs directly into the computer.
Check out the program at www.electricparklearningcenter.com
All presentations are one hour or less in duration; all are open to
the general public; all are free. Presentation times are at 11 am,
1:30pm and 3:30 pm each day from February 2nd to 16th.
You'll see there are still some open slots in the program in the
second week. If anyone on the list would like to give a presentation
- on any topic or technique that relates to jewelry and gems, do
please email me off list.
Cheers - see you at the Learning Center!
In Virginia - en route to Tucson.