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« on: December 03, 2015, 05:36:07 am »

Hi all! I am just getting started with metalsmithing - I'm in my 2nd class and have made some headway in getting my home workbench in order. I find that I have so many questions so I'm always Google searching - and I keep landing back on this forum. Seeing how supportive and informative it is, I decided to join! I'd love to network with people in the lapidary and smithing community and am looking forward to getting to know you!

Some issues that I struggle with: I'm American and my Dutch is not great, so I often do a lot of my searching in English. I then find myself with issues when it comes to purchasing supplies here locally (since buying from Rio Grande isn't an option for me here with customs and 20% VAT!) and I'm also struggling with finding nice stones over here, so I do most of my buying via Etsy from sellers in the US. I'm sure that is not really the way to go but that's where I'm at right now. :)

I've attached the cabs I've purchased so far. It can become addictive. Even though I have yet to make something with these, I spend a lot of time looking for new stones online.

I've also attached the ring I'm working on right now. I can't decide how to position it, but so far I haven't done anything terrible so that's a plus :)

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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2015, 07:31:17 am »

 welcome2 from Southern Oklahom. Pull up a chair and join in the chitchat.

What part of the Netherlands are you located?

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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2015, 08:08:14 am »

Hi Charles! I live about 30 minutes west of Amsterdam
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2015, 08:34:46 am »

I spent some time South and East of Amsterdam. Around Nordwijk and Nordwijkhout First time I was there for about 10 weeks.

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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2015, 08:36:49 am »

That's really nice. I live next to the dunes, a bit north of Haarlem so I'm very familiar. How did you like it?
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2015, 09:12:00 am »

Welcome from southern New Mexico.
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2015, 12:52:53 pm »

 welcome2 ..............to the................. chitchat ................from New Mexico.................... hatsoff
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2015, 12:55:40 pm »

Loved it. SUPER country great people. I regret that I was working 14 hour days and 7 days a week. Didn't get a chance to see much that trip. My last trip over I brought my wife and when the work was done we took a weeks vacation and did some touring. Hope to go back someday.
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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2015, 02:44:11 pm »

Welcome from Canada!

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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2015, 03:41:21 am »

Hi Charles! I live about 30 minutes west of Amsterdam

Welcome! I'm from the Netherlands, too! I live near Amsterdam, but to the north. Where do you cut stones? I do so at the NLC in Haarlem, but I haven't had time to go there for a couple of weeks now. Groetjes! -Jeske

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Whoops only now do I realize that you don't cut stones yourself but use them for metalsmithing. I know, collecting cabs can be addicting :D
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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2015, 05:05:04 am »

Hi Charlie,
Hello from England.
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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2015, 06:16:27 am »

 welcome2 from the swamps of South Louisiana!
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