SOME OF YOU MAY REMEMBER
Way back in time, in the 1980's, Ultra Tec used to have an
"Inside Ultra Tec Faceting Competition" among our workers. The
winner got "bragging rights". The winner in the summer of 1985
was Bryan Rozewski - we wrote about it in the Newsletter (which
wasn't even named the SomeTimes yet) Bryan had joined Ultra Tec
5 years earlier, while he was still in High School. Bryan was a
super worker for Ultra Tec, and we wanted him to stay, but,
anxious to "see the World", at the end of '85 he left Southern
California - headed for the Pacific Northwest.
Guess who visited last month? You guessed it - Bryan Rozewski.
Bryan is now a family man and a fire-fighter in Portland. He
says he keeps his eye on Ultra Tec - on the Web.
Bryan looks about the same - maybe a little older. Ultra Tec,
however, has changed much over the years, and Bryan enjoyed the
"tour" of the current facility. Here's a picture of him (on the
right) with Robert Mendoza, who started the year that Bryan left
(similarly while still in High School).
Bryan was impressed with the new CNC equipment all right --
but the part that he enjoyed the most - that both he and Robert
enjoyed the most - was looking over the various fixtures that
hadn't changed (several of them, Bryan had built - and Robert
was almost the first to use).
If you visited Ultra Tec at the Tucson show in '84 or '85 you
may remember Bryan - he was the enthusiastic "kid" at the Ultra
WHAT DOES ED BANCROFT SAY ABOUT HIS ULTRA TEC FACETING MACHINE?
Recently, an older machine came in for repair - it was from Ed
Bancroft. When I saw that name, it "rang a bell" - and that sent
me to Google to see what I'd find. Well, that bell rang for good
reason - the Bancrofts, Peter, his father, and Ed, have been
prominent in the world of gems for many years. Their activities
had been concentrated in the Southern California gem mining
areas, but also encompassed the entire World (and Peter
Bancroft's book, Gem and Crystal Treasures, has become a rare
and valuable collectable).
Yes, our Ultra Tec faceter Ed Bancroft (pictured here) is the Ed
Ed has been an Ultra Tec faceter for 30 years. We consider
praise from him to be high praise indeed, and he is very
complimentary. He says he loves his Ultra Tec faceting equipment
-- his words were "Fantastic!!!" (and the 3 exclamation points
are his). He wrote "your machine is truly the Rolls Royce of
The Bancrofts have had a long association with the Geology
Department of the University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB)
and Ed decided to donate the Bancroft Mineral Collection to UCSB
and the result is:
A WEBSITE YOU WILL ENJOY. The "Bancroft Mineral Collection"
Take a look at it -- you will probably spend some time there -
what an impressive site it is! It is about all minerals - but it
includes the facetable ones - topaz (shown here), tanzanite,
aquamarine, etc etc. Mineral photos, maps, location photos, and
Interesting - and a lesson in how well a website can be
organized - we all benefit from the Bancroft's generous gift.
Yes you've seen him before. Stephen Kotlowski was on the list of
Ultra Tec representatives for years - many years - except he
wasn't there last month. What happened?
Well, he was traveling - moving West - and now he has set up his
"Uniquely K" Shop in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. Stephen is a
lifetime faceter and you've seen his name among the AGTA award
winners many times - and we've written about him in the
So, welcome back to Ultra Tec, Stephen, and welcome to the
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