• 02:01

    Ask Herbal Health Expert Susun Weed & Terra Gifts Steve Shaft

    in Self Help

    Susun Weed answers 90 minutes of herbal health questions followed by a 30 minute interview with her brother Steve Shaft. Steve Shaft is the creator of Terra Gifts  and is the owner of LS Shaft's Farm. He is a farmer, gardening consultant,  silversmith, duck herder, dog lover, & accomplished culinary artist.Terra Gifts are made from  resources found in nature. Our skin care products contain no petroleum products, no synthetics, no alcohol & no added water. Find Steve's Rejuvenation cream at the Wise Woman Bookshop.


    this episode Q&A includes:


    • what does imbalance mean?
    • using milk thistle seed tincture as a protective and dandelion as a consistent nourisher of the liver..
    • gathering your own generous dandelion relieves anxiety of not having enough..
    • dangers of drinking raw green drinks..
    • making a tincture of cannabis for pain may be ineffective- try passionflower, california poppy and skullcap tinctures..
    • just in case potting may weaken pelvic floor and one may try squatting over a toilet..
    • thrush in mouth, yeast infections and candida..
    • is sugar disruptive to gut flora? Susun says no!
    • anti infective herbs- yarrow, echinacea and usnea..
    • herbs are western medicine!
    • learn to tell yourself the truth!
    • trying is lying- you either do or you don't!
    • rib muscle pain- detailed explanation of inadequate exhalation- meditation, pranayama, playing wind instruments, singing lessons..
    • breathing in magnifies emotion, breathing out changes emotion..
    • tinctures are not nourishing- nourishing, tonifying, sedating, poisonous herbs..


     

  • 01:01

    MetalSmith BenchTalk with Sterling Silversmith

    in Art

    My Guest this Thursday, October 18 at 3 p.m. PDT/6EDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is artist Sterling Silversmith.   About Sterling: "I am an Artist; I am currently working Silver and Stone. I do quick sketches for fun. I am Self Employed, Self Taught, and I also write prose thoughts and some poetic ramblings.     I create one of a kind, hand cut stones (mostly turquoise and coral, shell and such), and create hand forged and soldered silver rings, pendants, bracelets, etc. from Sterling Silver...as you may have guessed. I cut and fashion all the stone and shell settings from raw materials. Most of the turqoise here is from the Kingman mine in Arizona. I use only quality materials and quality gauge silver.    Thank you for your attention and appreciation for my efforts of creation."   For more information on Sterling's work, visit http://www.etsy.com/people/SterlingSilversmith.

  • 01:00

    Metalsmith BenchTalk Past Favorites w/jewelry & hollowware designer Cynthia Eid

    in Art

    This Thursday, May 22nd at 3 p.m. PDT, we'll be going back into the MetalSmith BenchTalk archives. We'll be re-airing one of our favoite chats with jewelry and hollowware designer and maker Cynthia Eid.


    About: Cynthia Eid's hammered metalwork has won awards for creativity and design, featured in many publications, and exhibited extensively. Eid's sculptural jewelry and hollowware is primarily done in Argentium Silver and formed through the creative use of hammers and/or a hydraulic press. Currently an independent metalsmith and educator, she is a Jeweler and Silversmith based in Massachusetts USA, teaching weekly classes at Metalwerx and the De Cordova Museum School, and workshops and short courses all over the USA. Previously, she has worked as a designer/maker in goldsmith galleries, and as modelmaker/supervisor in a gold jewelry factory. Cynthia earned her Master of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing and Jewellery Design from Indiana University in 1980 and has a B.S. in Art Education.


    The paradox that “soft”, fluid-looking metal has evolved from flat, stiff rectangles though force, determination, and tenacity enchants me. I am entranced by the metal’s progressive transformation -- through hammering, persuasion, and struggle --- from a lifeless plane of metal toward an object of  vibrancy, unity and fluidity.


    Experimentation, serendipity, a sense of play, and the subconscious mind determine the forms of my work. The forms have their roots in my gardens, and my meanderings through the woods and along the water’s edge. In my work, the allusions to nature are intentionally ambiguous, to encourage interactive response and contemplation by the viewer.


    For more info, visit: http://www.cynthiaeid.com.

  • 01:01

    Metalsmith BenchTalk Past Favorites with artist Barbara Minor

    in Art

    This Thursday, May 29th at 3 p.m. PDT, we'll be going back into the MetalSmith BenchTalk archives. We'll be re-airing one of our favoite chats from earlier this year with artist Barbara Minor. Barbara is well known for her innovative enameled beads, her distinctive enameled jewelry, and her unique enameled vessels.


    About: Barbara Minor completed her B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in jewelry and metalsmithing at University of Illinois and Indiana State University. She began enameling during graduate school and continued innovative explorations of enamel processes, with the support of research grants, while teaching at the State University of New York at Geneseo. During this time she began combining enameling with metalsmithing, jewelry forming and fabrication techniques to  create narrative reliefs, sculptural objects and jewelry.  


    Barbara now lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she is a full time studio artist concentrating on limited edition and one-of-a kind enameled beads, jewelry and small objects. A considerable portion of her studio time is devoted to researching and experimenting with enameling techniques in an effort to go beyond the normal and expected enameling results and to answer the ever present question of "what would happen if I did this?". Her research and experimentation leads to many new and wonderful enameled jewelry and bead designs, as well as subject matter for the in-depth enameling workshops she teaches.


    For more information about Barbara, visit http://www.barbaraminorenamels.com.

  • 01:00

    Metalsmith BenchTalk with jewelry and hollowware designer Cynthia Eid

    in Art

    My Guest this Thursday, January 9 at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is jewelry and hollowware designer and maker Cynthia Eid.


    About: Cynthia Eid's hammered metalwork has won awards for creativity and design, featured in many publications, and exhibited extensively. Eid's sculptural jewelry and hollowware is primarily done in Argentium Silver and formed through the creative use of hammers and/or a hydraulic press. Currently an independent metalsmith and educator, she is a Jeweler and Silversmith based in Massachusetts USA, teaching weekly classes at Metalwerx and the De Cordova Museum School, and workshops and short courses all over the USA. Previously, she has worked as a designer/maker in goldsmith galleries, and as modelmaker/supervisor in a gold jewelry factory. Cynthia earned her Master of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing and Jewellery Design from Indiana University in 1980 and has a B.S. in Art Education.


    The paradox that “soft”, fluid-looking metal has evolved from flat, stiff rectangles though force, determination, and tenacity enchants me. I am entranced by the metal’s progressive transformation -- through hammering, persuasion, and struggle --- from a lifeless plane of metal toward an object of  vibrancy, unity and fluidity.


    Experimentation, serendipity, a sense of play, and the subconscious mind determine the forms of my work. The forms have their roots in my gardens, and my meanderings through the woods and along the water’s edge. In my work, the allusions to nature are intentionally ambiguous, to encourage interactive response and contemplation by the viewer.


    For more info, visit: http://www.cynthiaeid.com.

  • 01:00

    Metalsmith BenchTalk Past Favorites with Kevin Potter

    in Art

    This Thursday, January 16th at 3 p.m. PDT, we'll be going back into the MetalSmith BenchTalk archives. We'll be re-airing one of our favoite chats from 2013 with Kevin Potter of Potter USA, a manufacturer of artistic metalworking tools including hydraulic presses, metalsmithing stakes, and dies.
     
    Bio: Kevin Potter began as fine jeweler in Tucson, Arizona. He specialized in carving custom waxes and casting but also drew the designs and set stones, essentially designing pieces from start to finish. He eventually worked into having his own line of jewelry that was sold in stores throughout the US. Kevin gained experience using machine tools while attending the University of Arizona, where he received a BFA in drawing/painting.
     
    He worked in the machine shops on campus and eventually started his own machine shop where he used his tools for the production of stainless steel jewelry. He quickly decided to make silversmithing stakes. He always enjoyed using them in college, but could never afford to purchase them. After he made his first few sets, he advertised them on Craig's list in several cities known as artist communities: Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, etc.
     
    Kevin always liked Otto Frei jewelry supply and contacted them about his stakes. They liked them and decided to carry his line of stakes. Gradually he began to make other tools and started the Potter USA website with the help of a friend who was a retired computer programer.
     
    For more about Kevin and Potter USA, visit http://www.potterusa.com.

  • 01:00

    Metalsmith BenchTalk with Joe Norris

    in Art

    My Guest this Thursday, May 30th at 3 p.m. PDT/6EDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is artist and surfer Joe Norris of The Wave Collection, handcrafted jewelry in San Diego, CA.   About The Wave Collection: Joe and his family live in La Jolla (“The Jewel”) California and enjoy the ocean daily.  He has taken his love of the surf and waves to make handmade surf jewelry.  While surfing both coasts of the United States, Mexico, Hawaii, Costa Rica and Indonesia the inspiration to capture the feel of the waves has driven Joe to create this fine jewelry.  Using the art of Lost-wax casting, the process by which a metal like silver or gold is cast from an artist’s sculpture in wax, Precious Metal Clay or Fabrication he brings the spirit and the art together.   It is his hope that in wearing and looking at this fine jewelry you will be reminded of some of the great waves you have surfed or enjoyed watching. All silver jewelry from The Wave Collection does surf jewelry of .925 sterling silver. Special orders are available in gold and platinum.   Millions of Moments of Joy: A fellow silversmith asked me what it would take for him to get the same feeling in making waves that I have crafted in mine. I thought for awhile and then said, "I have been surfing for thirty some years. If I averaged surfing 10 waves a day, that would be over 100,000 waves ridden. Knowing that I have watched and enjoyed more than a hundred waves for every one that I rode, that represents millions of moments of joy I have had with the waves. That has inspired me to squeeze out those wonderful moments in creating this hand crafted surf jewelry for you to enjoy."   For more info, visit http://thewavecollection.com.

  • 01:06

    Christian Devotions Speak UP! with Roxanne Packham

    in Religion

    Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! when Scott McCausey learns more about how we can live a life of hospitality with guest Roxanne Packham.
    Born into a circle of highly creative designers and entrepreneurs, Roxanne considers her family a constant source of inspiration and encouragement. Her maternal grandfather, Allan Adler, "silversmith to the stars," was not only her dear, sweet grandfather of whom she was immensely fond, but her greatest inspiration when it came to design advice. Spending many nights at her grandparents’ home while attending both USC and FIDM, her grandfather’s design advice on numerous projects, which she completed at that time, proved life-changing.
    Roxanne often found herself learning this legacy around the family table. All of these precious life lessons, encouragement, laughter, and fun were exchanged at the always beautifully set family table. Privileged? Yes, but not in the way you would automatically think. Roxanne feels this privilege was the gift of listening to these hard-working men, and women. You know the quote: “Behind every great man stands a great woman!” This is our heritage and where she gets her inspiration... wanting to set the stage for others to pass their heritage down through the generations. Her mission is to use design to help other families set the stage to instill their family legacies around the table, be it farmhouse, dining or picnic table...this is Roxanne's dream. Check out her web site at www.inspireddesignpublications.com. 

  • 01:00

    Metalsmith BenchTalk on BlogTalkRadio with Helga van Leipsig

    in Art

     
    My Guest this Thursday, August 18th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is the lively and inspiring silversmith Helga van Leipsig. 
    Helga van Leipsig in her own words: "Shapes inspire." Every ‘La Leipsig’ is born from a fascination for shapes and materials. I find my inspiration there, it offers a way for me to tell my tale. Sometimes it’s as simple as a word, a flower, a stone that can spark the inspiration, that results into a new piece of jewelry.
      I take great pride in my craft(wo)manship, it enables me to convert ideas into distinct and wearable jewelry, jewels for the woman who knows exactly what she likes and what she wants to express.
      After completing my education at the Acadamy for Fine Arts in Maastricht I have been employed for several years as a graphic designer, this experience is still reflected in my design-style. I founded De Zilveren Akelei, my company that covers Jewelry and also Webdesign. It enabled me to return to my roots, designing and crafting Jewels. Small batches of individual Jewels that can only be obtained in my webshop, La Leipsig Jewels. I also design and produce ‘one-off’  jewels to individual personal specs expressing the taste and style of the receiver."
      Stop by and "Like" Helga's Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/laleipsigjewels and visit her website at: http://www.laleipsigjewels.com/

  • 04:04

    Boys & Girls Club - D&D Radio

    in Hobbies

    We've got yet another big show today on The Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana!

    First up we welcome Hector Perez, senior club director of the Union League Boys & Girls Club in Chicago. The Boys & Girls Club is a national non-profit organization helping area kids with after-school and summer programs and services. Many organizations like this have hit some funding problems, and Hector will tell us about all the great work they're doing despite these issues.   In our Craftsmanship segment, we welcome silversmith and carpenter Jen Roder of Rotorcaps to the show to talk about how she's repurposing/recycling old beer bottle caps into cool and stylish jewelry and accessories.   We'll also be wrapping up the MLB All-Star Game with WSCR/The Score producer/host Joe Ostrowski in our Man-Land segment, and we'll get a followup on a DIY Disaster story involving blowing something up.   Now that's a show!   Let's get Down and Dirty.

  • 01:26

    Whirl With Merle

    in Travel

    We're back in Texas at the Heritage Homestead with Howard Wheeler. This "living history museum" is in the present. Gristmill, silversmith, pottery, weaving, word working plus making soap, cheese and more. Not only can you visit, buy the items made there but learn to do your own in their "school".

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