INTERNATIONAL FACETER'S ASSOCIATION
IFA FACETER'S DIGEST
Vol. 2, Issue No. 162 - Friday October 18, 2002
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Index to Today's Digest
01 Guild formation
02 Re: mast adjustment on the ultra-tec
03 Thanks Gearloose and IFA Field Trip
04 Ultra Tec machine up for auction
Subject: Guild formation
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 13:47:41 -0500
To: "Facet Digest" <email@example.com>
From: "Larry Davis" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Some months back I put out a post as a feeler about forming a
facet guild in
the Midwest centered around the Wichita, Kansas area and going
City to Kansas City or beyond if anyone wanted.
Only about half a dozen have responded but there are still some
who seem to
want the topic explored further.
Due to the distance involved there would be little use of having
each month so the idea now is to have an E-mail organization.
If there are any of you that would like to help start something
please let me know.
Subject: Re: Vol. 2, Issue No. 161 - Thursday October 17, 2002
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 21:21:01 EDT
Kevin, The mast adjustment on the ultra-tec is indeed a pain
to make large
adjustments with going from say 28 degrees up to 72 degrees but
thread makes for a really really nice feature in making slight
adjustments in cutting in to meet points and polishing. I think
outweighs the former.
Dennis on the North Coast
Subject: Re: Vol. 2, Issue No. 160 - Wednesday October 16, 2002
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 02:57:49 -0700
From: email@example.com (John Franke)
>From: Tom Pyles <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>I have a Raytech faceting machine and have been using it for
about three years.
>Lately I notice that when I apply pressure on the lap it slows
than >usual. If I letup some it takes a second and goes back
speed. I >assume it is probably belt driven and I need a new
When you open up the machine, check the motor brushes first.
replaced the brushes in our Raytech a couple of times, and have
change the belt.
Hope this helps,
* John and Barbara Franke *
* email@example.com WA, USA *
* FACET SHOPPE: Faceting/ Rough & CutGemstones *
* http://www.gemcutter.com *
Subject: Ultra Tec machine
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 13:42:33 -0500
To: "Facet Digest" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: "Larry Davis" <email@example.com>
I have just listed the Ultra Tec machine for sale on Ebay.
You may see it at the following URL....
RESOURCES FOR FACETER'S ~
Bombay Bazaar - (800)678-8450
Fac-Ette Manufacturing Company: (910)256-9248
Raytech Industries: http://www.raytech-ind.com
Rock Peddler: 1-800-416-4348 / www.rockpeddler.com
RESOURCES FOR GEMOLOGISTS ~
Accredited Gemologists Association, http://aga.polygon.net/
American Gem Society, (AGS) 702-255-6500
American Gem Trade Association, (AGTA) http://www.agta.org
Gemmological Assc. & GTL / Great Britain, http://www.gagtl.ac.uk/gagtl
Gemmological Association of Australia, http://www.gem.org.au
Gemological Institute of America, (GIA) http://www.gia.edu.giagem
International Gem Society (IGS) web site is: http://www.gemsociety.org
International Colored Gemstone Association, http://www.gemstone.org
FACETING GUILDS (Alphabetically, World) ~
*Charleston Faceting Guild, South Carolina, firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Columbia-Willamette Faceter's Guild, http://www.facetersguild.com/
*Danish Faceters Guild, http://medlem.spray.se/danfacet/
*East/Central Florida:Tomoka Gem and Mineral Society's Faceters
Don Cameron: email@example.com
*Eastern Mass Faceter's Group, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Faceter's Forum Society-LaPorte, IN VESteele@aol.com
*Faceter's Guild of N. California, Wayne Meissner, email@example.com
*Faceter's Guild of S. California, Jerry W. Carroll, (818)348-6327
*Intermountain Faceter's Guild, Carl M. Unruh, (360)385-3753
*Midwest Faceter's Guild, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Mid-Williamette Faceters Guild, Albany, Oregon, Michael E. Bumcrot;
E-mail @ MBumcrot@valleyoilco.com
*Moreton Bay is a branch of the Australian Facetors' Guild, Brisbane,
*New Mexico Faceter's Guild, Nancy Attaway, email@example.com
*North Puget Sound Faceting Guild, Keith Wyman, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Tacoma Faceting Guild, Chuck Bloch email@example.com
*Texas Faceter's Guild, Jill Rowlands, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Seattle Faceting Club (LeonardBahr@prodigy.net)
*Vancouver Island Faceters' Guild - British Columbia, Canada.
(Add your faceting organization here, US or International - Write
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" The people in one's life
Are like the pillars on one's porch you see life through.
And sometimes they hold you up, and sometimes they lean on you
And sometimes it is just enough to know that they are standing
--- Author Unknown ---
Must sell the following rough - no reasonable offer refused -
Rose Malaya Garnet - deep red, eye clean african material - 1
kg available -
$2.00/gram for quantities of 500 grams or more
Red Zircon - eye clean african material - 300g available - $2.00/gram
take the entire 300 grams
Spessartite Orange Garnet - slightly to moderately included African
material - Ranges from 1.5 - 3 cts size - $7.50 per gram if you
entire 300 grams
I have put pictures of the rough and stones cut from it on the
check it out at: http://www.wintershill.com/rough
You can email me (Richard) for more info or ?'s at: email@example.com
RRGaetan GEM BROKERS < "Quality gem rough for discriminating
We serve hand-select (and bulk/parcels, too!), affordable, quality
in a variety of materials. Our most recent arrivals: Aug. 2
Spessartite and Tourmaline. For details and a colorful, interactive
(PDF), email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for "The Rough List."
Hello all, I still have a Xristal-Tek87 for sale. I am reducing
because I really have to sell this fine machine. I have cut maybe
on it. It is basically brand new and in perfect condition. It
has the 8"
adapter ring on it and the dial indicator. It is a very sturdy
machine. I am reducing the price to $900 and will still consider
IFA Faceters Digest Members:
I am now accepting cutting orders for high quality American Facetting
specializing in Barions and Portuguese Cuts as well as repairs.
32 have been cutting for 15 years and have been recently laid
my company where I was a medical software salesman. So now it's
gemcutting and jewelry. I also offer extremely reliable, high
overseas cutting to your diagrams and specs with a 4-6 week turn
Diamond cutting and repair available two, including recutting
chipped melee. Please contact Tyler Allen Atlanta GA
Praha 3, Italska 5, 29.Mineral Gem Exhibition (under National
sponsorship), Oct.19-20.02, 8 AM-5 PM.
MINERAL & GEM COLLECTION
KNOWLEDGE - MODERN EQUIPMENTS - BEST QUALITY
Tomoka Gem and Mineral Society's annual show will be held on
Dec. 14 and 15 at
the Volusia County Fairgrounds, located on state route 44 in Deland,
Fairgrounds are 1 mile east of interstate route 4 at exit 118.
We will have at
least one showcase of faceted gems done by our members. Thank
you, John Withey
Oct 19-20 Open 10 AM El Cajon Valley Gem & Mineral
Society " Treasures of the Earth " show. Masonic Temple
Ballantyne St, El Cajon.
Donation: Adults $2.50 Exhibits, Dealers, Demonstrations, Free
Identification. For more local info contact 619-444-3183
Plenty of facet rough will be available
FACETERS SYMPOSIUM 2003
Presented by the Faceter's Guild of Southern California
At the Seaside GEMboree AFMS/CFMS Convention & Show
Ventura, California June 6-7-8, 2003
You are invited to participate in the Faceters
Symposium 2003 which will be held at the Seaside Park
(Ventura Fairgrounds) at Ventura, California during the
AFMS/CFMS Convention & Show. The Faceters Symposium dates
are June 6th, 7th, & 8th. That is Friday, Saturday, &
Sunday. The CFMS GEMboree is on those dates as well as on
Thursday the 5th of June. All of this is at the same
location, just a hundred yards from the beach.
The Faceters Symposium will feature ten speakers, who
will have presentations covering various parts of gemstone
faceting interests. A Hospitality Hour on Friday evening
and a Saturday Awards Luncheon are also part of the
Symposium. There will be competitions at the Novice,
Advanced, & Masters levels. Get started on your
competition entry soon.
The CFMS GEMboree itself will have buildings that have
exhibits on display, dealers with their wares to offer,
demonstrators to show how it is done, and speakers with
presentations covering other lapidary fields of interest.
For information & costs regarding the Faceters
Symposium (including competition information), your contact
is listed below. Ask for one of the Packets. Be sure to
state your snail mailing address so that a Packet can be
mailed to you.
Glenn Klein, Chairman
24001 Muirlands Blvd., Space #79
Lake Forest, CA 92630 email: email@example.com
IFA FACETER'S DIGEST PERSONALS:
CALIFORNIA (Southern): All persons in the Greater Riverside area
Southern California) are invited to attend our faceting classes
togethers" which are held once per month. If you would like
to join us and
meet fellow faceters, please contact me anytime at: firstname.lastname@example.org
KANSAS: If anyone in the central portion of the country from
to Wichita to Kansas City would be interested in forming something
Flatland Facet Guild or some such name give me a line at
Larry W. Davis
ILLINOIS - MISSOURI (Central Area, hubed around St. Louis, Missouri)
group of 4 faceters have met and we had a great time. We intend
again and would like to have fellow faceters join our group. I
email from another Newbie that expressed interest in attending
our next get
together. Faceters from any and all areas are welcome... It's
swell to meet
personally and exchange tips and hints! COME JOIN OUR GROUP! It's
Doug Smith, Alton, IL .at: email@example.com
INDIANA: I moved to Valparaiso, (Northwest) Indiana, about three
Are there any clubs in this area? or is there anyone interested
one? I do faceting and some cabbing. Not much here but cornfields.
scenery, but I get sooooooo lonely. LOL Let me know. (Bill) "William
S.E. LOUISIANA: Anyone in or around the New Orleans, LA area
form a club or have get togethers for faceting, discussions, cabbing,
procurement, etc. Please contact me via email @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bird - Chalmette, LA)
MISSISSIPPI: If anyone is near Meridian Mississippi and would
in forming some kind of club or just get together with faceting
cabbing please e-mail me at email@example.com Thanks, Jim
TEXAS: Anyone in the Corpus Christi or Coastal Bend area that
in starting a local faceter's guild contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com or telephone 361-857-2405 (days) or 361-992-1296
WASHINGTON DC.(Rockville Md area) Looking for folks to get together
occasionally to facet. I have just started faceting and am also
in sphere making (infinate # of facets) Robert Winfield
Lurking is fine, but participation is more fun!! Get involved!!
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