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Enamelist Society Conference

I went to the 2011 Enamelist Society conference at Arrowmont craft school in Gatlinburg, TN for the last week, plus conference workshops before and after it.   It was truly a pleasure!



My brain was full by the middle of the 2nd day.



The first workshop I took covered granulation, that wonderful ancient art of fusing small granules of silver or gold onto another piece of the same metal.  We covered three different ways to achieve granulation, two using a torch and one using a kiln.  I'll be writing up a How-To this fall describing what I learned. 



I can tell you now that granulation isn't near as tedious or hard as I was led to believe... :)

Constructive Horizons

I've been building software for a living for over three decades.  The first six years were pretty lean because I went to work for a small 'pop' software shop (i.e., too small to be a 'mom & pop business).  They went out of business not too long afterward and I took over finishing the software for their customers.  In a way, I was extremely lucky. The businesses (theirs and mine) were both so small I had to do every job.  In addition, I did not get paid for writing software, nor did I get paid for fixing software.  I got paid for delivering software that worked correctly.  This is an important distinction because when you are only paid for completing work correctly, you very quickly learn exactly what you must do and what is an optional step.  You learn how to do it right the first time.  You learn how to anticipate the true cost of a design or construction decision six to twelve months out. You learn how to analyze your design and construction process, strea ...

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Beginner Enamelist Workshop in Fayetteville, NC, 30-July-2011

I'll be teaching an beginner's enameling workshop for beginners at my home.

An RSVP is required, so you'll need to Contact me ahead of time for the address and to confirm there is still a student slot available.



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How-To Organize the How-To Pages

The plan for organizing the How-To page information.

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Enameling and Sand Casting

I got the ok from a local community college to teach two evening courses this fall, each of which will cover beginning enameling and sand casting. I'm pretty excited about it!

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Next Steps

Various topics including some Enameling and Sand Casting courses, Tool Making, Iconography and Sacred Geometry.

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Two New Books of Interest to Metal Workers

Brief comments about two new book acquisitions, Hoover & Hoover's translation of Agricola's 1555 AD work,De Re Metallica and Etruscan Granulationby Nestler and Formigli.

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Explaining My Research Process

David explains the iterative research process that he is using in order to develop the content for this site.

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Genderized Arts?

I have learned a number of arts over the last few decades.  It’s one of the virtues of having married a very learned and talented woman; plus cultivating the acquaintance of a host of talented and sharing individuals.   In my professional work, I’m trained to notice patterns.  I could not help but notice a very interesting gender pattern in the different arts I’ve been exposed to.

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Is Handmade Art Dead?

"An indulgent public has discovered an agreeable benefit in cheapness and in the power to supply itself with an ever-increasing number of commodities that have apparently become necessary to its present standard of living. ... It is even reasonable to suppose that as the speed of supply increases the more insatiable will become the appetite for useless and inartistic possessions."

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