Sunday, January 16, 2011

Rockhound on the Road - visits with FSG in Cape Coral, Florida

by Marcia Andre

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.  

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 -

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!