Dave Alberts & Ruthie Cohen

The Mountain Metalsmiths School of Jewelry and Lapidary owners, David Alberts and Ruthie Cohen, are known throughout the jewelry industry for sharing their love of the craft with upcoming jewelry enthusiasts. Based in North Carolina, Dave and Ruthie share their experience and success with their school.

 

Alexander Schey

Vantage Power CEO, Alexander Schey, is known throughout the world for creating the electric vehicle race car used to drive the Pan-American Highway (from the top of Alaska to the bottom of Argentina). Based in London, Alexander shares his experience, his new project, and his outlook for the future of Vantage Power.

 

Meg Carter

Sea glass jewelry artist and authority, Meg Carter, is known throughout the world for her designs and contributions within her industry. Based in South Carolina, Meg shares the story behind her interests, her work, and the leaps of faith she took that have built a thriving jewelry business.

 

 

Ganoksin User 

Thanks to one of our recent workshops, we received some props from a jeweler that has been using a laser welder for the past 10 years. The post can be found on the Ganoksin site at this link http://www.ganoksin.com/orchid/archive/201409/msg00541.htm

Here are a few of our favorite quotes from it.

” This weekend at Stuller’s Bench Jewelers gathering I had my first opportunity to sit down and use a pulse arc welder, the Orion 150s … I do not set myself up as any authority, but I figure I have enough experience to be able to make a fairly decent comparison … I feel that in a very short time I could do nearly every repair that I do now on the laser, with that pulse arc  … I even watched Blain Lewis weld a silver shank, and then beat It mercilessly on a mandrel without it cracking … The pulse arc welders have come a very long way since I first researched the PUK welders a long time ago, and I can honestly now see a shop or store going this route, instead of the far more costly laser, and simply sending the occasional job it doesn’t do on to someone with access to the laser … I am NOT giving up my laser though, to jump to pulse arc. If on the other hand we reach the point where we can expand the shop and add a second machine, it will probably be a pulse arc machine.”