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[Tucson 2011] 15th Annual Tucson Orchid Get Together


#1

Hi Gang,

The 2011 Tucson Orchid dinner will be held Thursday Feb. 3 at TGI
Friday’s, 4901 E Broadway Blvd…

That’s the same place it was held last year.

We’ll have the same space reserved for us that we had last year.
We’ll order off the menu& everyone will get their own check. An 18%
gratuity will be added to each check.

The space is reserved from 5:30 PM on. We’ll probably begin to order
between 6:30& 7:00 PM

Please send an email to @Dave_Arens1 with your name&
how many folks will be attending.

Hope to see you there!
Dave


#2

Hi Gang,

The 2011 Tucson Orchid dinner will be held Thursday Feb. 3 at TGI
Friday’s, 4901 E Broadway Blvd…

That’s the same place it was held last year.

We’ll have the same space reserved for us that we had last year.
We’ll order off the menu& everyone will get their own check. An 18%
gratuity will be added to each check.

The space is reserved from 5:30 PM on. We’ll probably begin to order
between 6:30& 7:00 PM

Please send an email to @Dave_Arens1 with your name
& how many folks will be attending.

Hope to see you there!
Dave


#3

Changes that boggle the mind, and plans.

I admit to feeling afloat at sea without a paddle or GPS.

Orchid Dinner was an incredible loss, and thankfully sort of pulled
together by Dave Arens, who started it some 15 years ago. It is
persons like Dave, who early on recognized the community that Orchid
actually was and is.

Last year, and again this year Dave, with some assistance from Robyn
Hawk, will again make it possible for those of us, from around the
world, who have known that we would have the pleasure of face to
face contact during the Orchid Dinner, to plan to meet.

I would like to know who reading this are planning to be in Tucson,
where and when. Will you be able to make the Orchid gathering at
TGIF. Please just respond to this message and, if you are interested
in finding one another, please leave a contact number. I promise
this will be confidential, so you may send it to my
personal email address [@T_A_Masters]. I am hoping to be able to
set up a central contact.

Hugs
Terrie


#4

Hi Gang,

The 2011 Tucson Orchid dinner will be held Thursday Feb. 3 at TGI
Friday’s, 4901 E Broadway Blvd…

That’s the same place it was held last year.

We’ll have the same space reserved for us that we had last year.
We’ll order off the menu& everyone will get their own check. An 18%
gratuity will be added to each check.

The space is reserved from 5:30 PM on. We’ll probably begin to order
between 6:30& 7:00 PM

Please send an email to gemstonesetc@gainbroadband.com with your
name& how many folks will be attending.

Hope to see you there!
Dave


#5

I have been questioned several times recently about my being at the
Tucson show. I have to regretfully decline to appear due to the
workload here in the shop.

However, my dear friend Robyn Hawk (fly on the wall) has offered to
deliverthe very latest iteration of the saw to the Orchid Dinner
door prize.

This one is so new that I haven’t even had time to put it up on the
website as yet. I am calling it the “Piercers Delight”. It changes
the tensioning knob to a cam-lever. It is similar to the saws that
have the swiveling clamps, but has the lever only. It will be
initially available in the 5" and 8" size only. The lever version,
along with the swivel clamp model share a different frame, and the
parts are not interchangeable with the knurled knob components.
Within the next 3-6 months, I will change the 3" frame over to
having the lever option as well.

I am not discontinuing the knurled tension knobs. They will still be
available as before. All that I am doing is making one frame
(3"-5"-8") that can be assembled in three different ways:

  1. knurled tension knob

  2. cam lever tension for faster repetitive blade changes

  3. indexable blade clamps @ 45L-0-45R + cam lever for long cuts that
    couldn’t easily be made before. Imagine cutting down the length of a
    24" strip, all from one end.

The pricing for the 5" #125.005C is $67 and the 8" #125.008C is$75.

James Miller FIPG uses one of the early cam lever versions for his
piercing work, and he suggested several ideas that led to this
version.

Please do not bother the distributors as yet. They do not have any
in stock. I am sure that they will let you know when they become
available.

Lets give a YEAH for Orchid! An amazing source of

Lee (the saw guy)
www.knewconcepts.com


#6

Hi Gang,

The time for the Tucson Gem Show is fast approaching. If you’ll be
attending, please get your reservation in so we can inform the
restaurant of how many will be attending.

Please send an email to @Dave_Arens1 with your
name& how many folks will be attending.

Hope to see you there!
Dave


#7

Dave,

Thanks so much for organizing the Orchid dinner thursday night. It
was a pleasure to gather with such wonderful like-minded folks.
Though I only knew Charles and Tonya Davidson when I entered I left
having made several new friends. I feel blessed to be one among you
all! It was a good time!

Thanks again.
Ginger Seiple
Wild Indigo
Hilliard, Ohio


#8

This evening I joined a group of loyal Orchid friends at the TGIF
Restaurant in Tucson.

Dave Arens, who organized the very first Orchid Tucson get together,
once again made this on an appreciated reality. He again had the
assistance of Robyn Hawk and Maureen Brusa Zappelini.

Charles Lewton once again spoke eloquently for Hanuman, Ton and
Orchid. He generously donated books for the raffle, well received
and appreciate by those lucky enough to win one. Kevin Potter
contributed his sought after dies, and I had the good luck to win
one. All winners thank Kevin. The premier prize was Lee Marshall’s
latest version of the Know Concept Saw, which most of us were wishing
for.

Alan Bell, of Rio Grande, joined us for dinner. Yes I did mention my
personal feelings of loss to him, he agreed. I certainly hope they
return. I did see rather prominent signs at some booths with
reference to the City of Tucson’s higher tax base.

The extreme cold is definitely affecting the crowds. Both Dealers
and Attendees are unable to get here, not good. Venues are incredibly
cold and uncomfortable for both dealers and customers. I never felt
the front half of my feet. Leaving TGIF’s the temperature was -1
centigrade.

There were many hugs tonight, and many friend with whom to share
words. Lots more to see and do. the next few days.

My deep appreciation for Orchid and all who made this possible.

Hugs,
Terrie


#9

Ginger – thanks for starting this thread. I also enjoyed the
Ganoksin dinner last week. But I wasn’t able to say anything until I
got to my home computer today. Dave and the others were enthusiatic
and wonderful. I saw some of the faces of this valuable forum and
appreciate their passion for the art we all do.

Betsy Lehndorff


#10

Thank you Dave for arranging the dinner, it was fun and yummy. It
was great to meet new friends and see past friends.

Here’s to continued health and friendships, Marta Irvin


#11

I too want to add my thanks to Dave for arranging the dinner (my
first). It was a nice respite from the busy days in Tucson and was
great to meet new friends… and I even won a doorprize!! Thanks,

Jamie


#12

Dave, I’ll add my thanks as well. It was a whirlwind 3.5 days at the
different shows, and having a relaxing dinner with Orchid friends
and new acquaintances was great! I had a chance to circulate a bit
and meet some folks that had been known only as posters… there were
a few lurkers too. My only regret is that I was not lucky enough to
win that “Knew Saw!”

Thanks again,

Judy in Kansas, where it FINALLY got above freezing today. Snow is
melting off and that’s just fine by me.


#13

So glad we were in town during the Orchid gathering this year.

Dave did a great job of arranging for our get together (yet again)
and it was special to have the opportunity to see some of our
"family" again.

With much appreciation I’d like to add my thanks to Dave and all
those who helped out with details and donations.

My best to all from Mesa, AZ (warming up nicely again after that
uncharacteristic frigid weather!)

Pam (and Joe)

Pam Chott
www.songofthephoenix.com