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My guest on Thursday, June 5th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk will be artist, craftsman, and jeweler Jim Grahl of J.Grahl Design.
About: My name is Jim Grahl. I'm nearing 65 years old, 48 of those years have been continuously devoted to jewelry and industrial design. My training initiated with a Los Angeles workshop that was the contract (or outsource) manufacturer for Van Cleef and Arpels, Gump's, Pierre Touraine and many others that were the foundation of the West Coast's fine Art~Jewelry establishment. I have formal apprenticeships in Pave' setting (Gerardo Terranova) and ancillary training in platinum-smithing, machining, and antique musical restoration.
My personal business (J.Grahl Design) was founded at the outset and has been in continuous operation for 47 years. (as of 2011). I'm a maker-builder at heart. All of the items shown in the photographs and illustrations here, on "Custom Made", are exactly that... Custom Made. You will see many cross over categories in metal, wood, glass and illustration-art. I am deeply involved with both vintage autos and surfing, so items relating to those topics are exposed here as well. There are generally a few of my projects available for live viewing at the Museum at the Gemological Institute of America as well as The San Diego Natural History Museum.
Our range of services is extensive. Our experience includes designing, photography, prototyping, project development, and jewelry fabrication. In addition, we also have experience with mechanical music mechanisms, illustration, computer engineering and design development (CAD), restoration of jeweled items and consulting.
For more information, visit: http://www.jgrahldesign.com/.
Ryan Corn might not identify himself as a craftsman, even though he’s recently taken up the hobby of woodworking, but the Cape Girardeau, Missouri, native approaches everything he does—performing,
production, audio engineering, and especially songwriting—with the same care and attention to detail as a master carpenter. Not surprising then, Wonderful Things is jam-packed with such offerings. Tracks such as R&B infused, “It’ll Be Alright,” burst with soul and emotion, a homage to one of the many genres Corn has been influenced by. Such original tunes as “Burst,” “The Only Good,” and “Always You” will surely find listeners in every format.
To listen to the songs of Marie Miller is to know this impressive new Curb artist, a triple-threat talent — singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist — who’s poised to become one of the breakout stars of 2013. Just as Miller insists on writing from true experience, her music blurs the lines in defining her style. She aims only for the right musical bed for her lyrics, crafting songs that appeal across many genres. Such original tunes as “You’re Not Alone,” “To Be Loved,” “Unconscious,” “Fall Alone,” and “6-2” will likely find listeners in every format from Triple A, Americana, front porch folk to nuegrass to country and classic pop. Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia, the third of ten children, Miller began singing at the age of seven. At “the ripe old age of twelve,” she joined her family band, playing festivals and churches, and trading off lead and harmony vocals in duets with her sister Justina, with whom she was billed as the Miller Sisters. Their parents backed them up on guitar and upright bass, as Marie played mandolin, guitar, and eventually bouzouki.
This week's guest is Joe Spry.
Joe Spry graduated from Western Carolina University with a business degree and a marketing major. Joe worked for Sears Roebuck & Co. for 40 years in the B2B commercial sales business unit. He was division manager, regional sales manager, district manager, marketing manager, and national manager for the Craftsman Brand.
He retired in 2010 but continues to work as an independent franchise broker affiliated with the Franchise Brokers Association, FBA, as a Certified Franchise Broker, CFB, Franshise Immigration Specialist, FIS and a licensed Illinios Business broker. He is a board of director member with the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce.
Joe is a volunteer with SCORE and is past Vice-Chairman of that oranization as well as a volunteer with the The Lazarus House shelter in St. Charles.
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ENVISION THIS: A culture in which physical craftsmanship, psychological health, and spiritual awareness go hand-in-hand
Ross Laird is a consultant, teacher, writer and creative artist. Merry fell in love with his deft joining of creative woodworking and spirituality back in 2001 when he published GRAIN OF TRUTH: The Ancient Lessons of Craft. Since then, he has published a companion volume on stone sculpting, A STONE’S THROW: The Enduring Nature of Myth. In this book, he further relates his topic to insights into today’s most troubling conflicts.
Ross is now working on LABYRINTH: Addictions and the Search for Healing. He says, “Throughout Labyrinth, addiction is considered as a healthy impulse — a longing for connection, wonder, vitality — but an impulse thwarted and redirected, a twist in the bone that prevents the hand from opening.” As we read this description, it occurs to us that our whole culture’s addiction to wealth, power, and the accumulation of stuff may be just such a misdirected healthy longing.
Ross has just finished working with IDEA learners and colleagues to finalize their core values and goals: Self-awareness, Empathy, and Character. They will use these broad skills and goals to build the courses and learning experiences of our new program in Mentorship and Community Engagement.
Ross is clearly the kind of visionary “man for all seasons” we want our listeners to connect with. He is an alchemist who brings to his work, “my typical blend of psychology, spirituality, and mythology: mixing, distilling, rendering.”
In the conventional sense, we should be much smarter, more sensitive, prescient, awareness. Has science not given 21st Century Man, tools that were only decades ago were the product of an active imagination? Communication is at our fingertips. Whole libraries can be carried in a pocket. A man with little in his pocket, can have the education that once was the privelege of wealth and power. Poverty and slavery, disease and pestilence continue to haunt the tribes of mankind crossing all boundaries.
With the advantages of modernity where is the balance? Where is the gain? The masses are entertained mocking the suffering of unfortunate people. The pious have fallen. Leaders are so human and frail we begin to wonder if standards of good behaviour does matter at all.
We are compelled to redefine a system that leaves the majority feeling the pain of hunger to support the wealth of a few. Is it greed? Is it advantage? Or is it insight, humanism able to withstand the cynics? What is left for us if the things we believed when we were boys have run their course?
Behind the doors of our lodge halls our apprentices expect to find answers to their questions. Too often he finds he is allocated to the chorus, where he is continuously solicited, to volunteer, make a purchase, to give and give and give. Did we mean to replace the craftsman with a production line? Did we intentionally replace the meaning of a life worth living with nervous business models and money?
How we define the masonic experience is in our hands as it has always been. If we bend history to serve an agenda, we fail the test of time. We have done that already. One day, we will understand the process that took us to the crossroads. Toleration for poor quality work will ruin the reputation of any studio built around the talents of the Master.
The Legacy Forum is on the Seika Network providing information that assist people in living their dreams. Children dream of greatness. Adults trade those dreams for an illusionary reality.
We are here to stop the brainwashing and help people live a life worth remembering. A positively impactful leagacy requires time freedom, economic empowerment, and a powerful belief. Our mission is to help enlighten people to the greatness within them and assist in providing the tools necessary for achievement.
This week's guest is David Ponsler. David is a Artist Blacksmith. His artwork can be seen throughout the United States. He is one of the few Master craftsman practicing Blacksmith art. He began practicing is the 70s and had spent his life dedicated to his art.
Legacy Forum helps people create an inspirational legacy. The program topics feature Yoga, Nutrition, Network Marketing, Self development, Informational Tidbits, and Guest Interviews.
The Legacy Forum is hosted by Robin and Harry Shivery. Robin is a certified Yoga Instructor and Certified Surgical Technologist. Harry is a retired Entrepreneur and Black Belt. Robin and Harry are dedicated to the principal of giving back.
Join us at the Campfire for a inside look from the Author of The Wonder Man Hannah K.
Hannah has spent 7 years of her life documenting the life of Mr. Masaaki Hiroi and his artistic talent that has lead him to over 30 countries around the world sharing his rare Edo Tops.
Mr. Hiroi has created over 3000 tops also considered to be individual works of art.
Some men are adventurous; some curious; some introverted; some afraid of their potential. If or how we meet those responsibilities defines to others,who we are and what kind of person we be.
There is no shortage of sage advice to guide the hapless initiate to a lodge. There is a bumper crop of advisors ready to persuade us that achievement is just a state of mind. Quick fix; ready made false hope.
If we want to believe improvement comes easy when we dress for the occasion, then we will end in despair; that elements of science and philosophy have been gathered into coherent pamphlets and books to be left on a shelf; we- every last one of us are abandoning the skills of the old craftsman.
Freemasonry can no more open a closed mind than it can inject awareness into a mind. If it was one man, pulling away from his duty as a mason we could probably handle that. But this is more. It is the question of conscience that has command. What to do? Change our thinking and we change the outcome.
Are we initiating far more people than we can teach? Probably. It would accounts for the demit blizzard that is going on. It is painful to watch degree mill masons stumble, become lost and leave. Perhaps we want the ubiquitous bad stranger to tell us we are not what we claim but he is telling us something we already knew.
Silence is the sound of a mason thinking. If you are the traveller as claimed, it is silence we need to find our path out.
Do you really understand the message God has for you in the book of Job? If you have really read this old testiment poetic book of Job This epilobue of Job was written by a craftsman who knew how to bring words together to drive home his message to all who read Job. If you have experienced any or all of these situations I recomment reviewing God's answer and appllywith wisdom to your own life.
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