We had a fun evening out recently, attending a meeting of the Southwest Chapter of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths (FSG). We've been searching for information about silver-smithing, when an internet search turned up the FSG. We sent an email to Chapter President Robert Small who warmly invited us and welcomed us to a meeting. This is a small, but very active group, who dispenses with business quickly in their monthly meetings. They have a number of special activities such as regular jewelry labs at the Cape Coral Art Studio, Sunday Fun-Days geared toward stone cutters, special competitions such as next months "Hearts and Roses" theme, plus an extensive array of classes in silver-smithing, wire wrapping, and precious metal clay.
We took along a few of the rack cards for our 28th Gem and Mineral Show to the meeting and told members a bit about our club. After the meeting Alan did a show and tell with his cabs, then Robert gave us a terrific tour of the Art Studio. Here is a link to the fall FSG newsletter that you may find interesting. http://www.fsg4u.com/
There was lots of talk and planning about Wildacres, an event sponsored by the Eastern Federation who, like us, are AFMS affiliates. Intrigued by this, I later researched Wildacres and learned that extensive lapidary and jewelry-making workshops are offered during two annual sessions. Here's link for more information for anyone who might be interested in Wildacres which is held in a beautiful retreat setting - http://www.amfed.org/efmls/
When you're on the road, consider a visit to a fellow club. And please do drop us a note so that we can include you in our occasional Rockhound-on-the-Road columns!