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   August  2004 Edition




Jim Perkins will be speaking to the Stark County Gem & Mineral Society on September 7, 2004 at 7:00 PM. His topic will be UNIQUE FACETING. Jim will show ray tracings of one of his original designs optimized with new software from Anton Vasiliev of Moscow, Russia, who owns LAL Gem Company.  Jim says, “This software, called Facet Designer, is very comprehensive and reveals optical performance better than any other ray tracing software I have previously seen.” 




We’ve published a few of these recently, and here’s a couple more—

 ·  North Carolina State University in Raleigh, as part of their Crafts Center Program offers classes in Faceting.  A little maneuvering through their web site www.fis.ncsu.edu/Crafts_Center/ ,  will find the faceting classes—evenings, six sessions.


·  The Columbia-Willamette Faceters Guild education program, started in 1999, using ten Ultra Tec faceting machines, operates at the Rice Museum Northwest.  Classes are year-round -- five to seven people every seven weeks. These classes are open to all ages—and students have ranges from 10 years old to 85 years young.   Their website, providing information about the classes, is www.facetersguild.com. 


Grover Sparkman, of the Guild, reports that the classes have had hundreds of students over the years.  He reports, “…The Ultra Tec machines have held up very well to this tough environment. Beginners are hard on equipment and the machines have handled this abuse very well. We recently had our machines checked out for the first time since purchase and virtually no major problems were found. I feel this is remarkable…”  (no additional comment needed on that).  


 The Guild also keeps one of their Ultra Tec machines at The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), in Portland, for faceting demonstrations.  Demonstrations are held most Sunday afternoons and always draw a large crowd.

 So long for now...

Joe Rubin



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