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MetalSmith BenchTalk with James Binnion

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My Guest this Thursday, November 8 at 3 p.m. PDT/6EDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is mokume gane pioneer James Binnion.
 
About: "Jim's love of craft started in his grandmother's home.  His grandmother was a weaver and furniture maker who inspired Jim to use his creative talents. Jim has been making jewelry for over 30 years. Though he learned jewelry basics in high school he has continued to make jewelry and expand his knowledge all of his adult life.
 
Jim has always been drawn to the beauty and workmanship of Japanese craft. Once he saw mokume in the early 1980s he knew he would make mokume. He pioneered a technique for making electric kiln-fired mokume gane. In 1991 he established James Binnion Metal Arts (JBMA), working exclusively in mokume. He has consulted with other mokume artists and metallurgists to develop his theoretical and practical knowledge of metallurgy.  He continues to refine his lamination process and designs.  Jim has been on the web since 1996.
 
He freely shares his expertise on the Ganoksin Orchid jewelry forum and has been interviewed for numerous articles on mokume, metals and jewelry.  His chapter for Steve Midgett's book, “Mokume Gane A Comprehensive Study” describes the use of the electric kiln in making mokume.  He has written and presented a number of papers on mokume at The Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology. In May 2003, he was awarded the Industry Leader Award by The Santa Fe Symposium for his significant contribution in sharing quality technical information.  
 
For more information on James, visit http://www.mokume-gane.com/index.php?page=home.
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