The Society of North American Goldsmiths—SNAG, to those of us who prefer using cool acronyms—is an awesome group for metalsmiths of all levels of skill, and experience. Their conference is held in late May and, since Rio Grande sponsors the event, a bunch of us hopped on a jet plane and headed (further) down south to sunny Scottsdale, Arizona!
I’m pretty new to the jewelry world, so I was pumped for my first show. In addition to some other Rio folks, our booth was populated by renowned metalsmith rock stars Tim Sheriff (showing off some incredible Swanstrom tools), Ronda Coryell (demonstrating Argentium), Bill Fretz (working with his incredible Fretz hammers and stakes, Brian Meek (highlighting the Knew Concepts saws), and G. Phil Poirier (manning Bonny Doon hydraulic presses, hammers, and vises).
We were also lucky to see a lot of our friends there. Lauren Tobey of Meltdown Studio—we’ve written about her before—and Cynthia Eid, master of metals—we’ve also written about her before—hung out with us, answered questions, and offered cool tips/tricks to help other metalsmiths get to it.
Lauren provided me a great introduction to metalwork by showing me how to stamp copper! Under her watchful eye, I made a little name tag for a friend’s daughter that featured her nickname (“The Vivs”) in poorly spaced letters (hey, it was my first time!).
And perhaps my personal favorite picture from the whole show: our own firebrand PMC mastermind (hmm maybe “wizard”?) Yvonne P. used scraps and debris from Tim Sheriff’s Swanstrom disc cutter table to make this:
A huge thanks to all of the incredible people who came with us and who showed up! We had a great time seeing old friends, making new ones, and showing off so much of the cool new stuff we’ve got.
And I had a great time and all, but it was awful nice to be greeted by this little guy once I got home…
Come to SNAG and be part of the action next year; we’d love to see you!