in this issue
-- Franklin Faceters Frolic (FFF3)
-- A Little History
-- A VISIT TO ULTRA TEC FROM DON SHORE
-- INTRODUCING UTRA TEC REPRESENTATIVE: DANA REYNOLDS
-- We're on FACEBOOK!
To all of you in the Ultra Tec family.
Franklin Faceters Frolic (FFF3)
"FFF3" The Franklin Faceter's Frolic will be held on Saturday, July 24th
, so perhaps there's still time to fit it into your plans - at the Fun
Factory on US23/441 in Franklin, NC.
It offers interesting "all day" lectures and demonstrations,
including Dalan Hargrave in a "show and tell" about the Ultra Tec
Concave and Fantasy machines.
It offers interesting "all day" lectures and demonstrations, including
Dalan Hargrave in a "show and tell" about the Ultra Tec Concave and
A Little History
It was in 1965 that Howard Stanley, who developed the Ultra Tec, sold
his first Production models. They were bright green, something that fell
out of favor pretty quickly- perhaps there were twenty of them. In this
picture, Joe is holding one of those old "oldies" which came our way - a
It was interesting to see. It was used - but cared-for and kept clean -
and it would still cut a stone if someone were so moved. There's not a
part on it that hasn't been changed on today's machines more than once -
well, I'd guess more than three times -- but this oldie embodies all of
the concepts and principles that made - and still makes - Ultra Tec such
a sound gem-cutting design.
A VISIT TO ULTRA TEC FROM DON SHORE
Don is Ultra Tec's representative in the Chicago area - where he is
active with the West Suburban Lapidary Club, in nearby Elmhurst
In June, during a trip to California to visit his son, Don visited the
Ultra Tec factory--and Joe gave him a tour of the facility. As you can
see, this picture is in the machine shop - Don is an old "machine shop
guy" and enjoyed a discussion about the precision of today's modern
machinery as compared to what now seems like the "primitive" equipment
of Ultra Tec's early days.
Don drove from home and back on a sort of "grand tour" of the American
West - a southerly route on the way to California, and a northerly route
going home - and right about half way, there was Ultra Tec.
INTRODUCING UTRA TEC REPRESENTATIVE: DANA REYNOLDS
We are happy to have added Dana Reynolds to the Ultra Tec Representative
team. Dana, from Madison NC, now a Master Cutter in his own right, was
lucky to have had none other than long time Master Cutter Paul Burton as
his faceting mentor.
Dana is in business with his father Frank - they are together in the
photo. Dana has been cutting and collecting fine gem rough - and
faceting on his Ultra Tec for over 17 years. Dana bought most of his
facet rough from Africa (Frank, his father says he "wondered why we were
getting 600-dollar phone bills from Africa?" - it was Dana, "investing
in the future".
Dana does beautiful work - check his website,
MASTERCUT GEMS Website
We're on FACEBOOK!
Ultra Tec Faceting is now on FACEBOOK. Take a look at our page for
interesting links and updates.
We welcome all our Ultra Tec cousins as FANS -- your, pictures,
experineces, comments and suggestions are welcome.
Ultra Tec's FACEBOOK Page
We'll be in touch again soon with the next Sometimes Bulletin.
Bye for now
The Ultra Tec Team
The SOMETIMES Archives
John Dyer's DAD Review
Concave Faceting Machine Page
Fantasy Machine Web Page
Our FACEBOOK Page
MASTERCUT GEMS Web-site
Dalan Hargrave's Concave Facet Article