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 Post subject: Franklin Faceter's Frolic 5.0
PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:49 pm 
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Hello All,

I don't get over here nearly as much as I should and I mainly lurk.
However, I wanted to post this info on this year's Franklin Faceter's Frolic, which will be edition 5.0. I will follow with more info and an
updated URL soon. I hope this cut and paste works and apologize if it is not easy to read.

Hope to see many of you there!

Also, you may pre-register for Robt. Strickland's Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced GemCad workshops now by emailing me,
but you must include "2012 Gemcad Registration" in the subject line or I can't be sure your email won't be filtered or trashed. The workshop cost is $25, payable in cash only, at the event. Space is limited, so if you plan to come, register early. Send me a sentence or two on your level of Gemcad experience so that I can place you and tell Robert what to expect.

Frolic info below:

Schedule for the 5th Annual Faceters' Frolic, Franklin NC (FFF5.0)

FRIDAY July 27, 2012 at The Fun Factory, Franklin NC
In Depot Room (Rear) - Workshops (pre-register)
9AM - 12PM Beginner Level GemCad - Robert Strickland
1PM - 4PM Intermediate & Advanced GemCad - Robert Strickland
In Banquet Rooms (Front) - Sales, Demonstrations & Activities
1PM - 6PM Opening, 5th year, FFF 5.0
Dealers Open for Business
6PM - 8PM Franklin Pizza Social

SATURDAY July 28, 2012 at The Fun Factory, Franklin NC
In Banquet Rooms - Sales, Demonstrations & Activities
9AM Opening Remarks by Frolic Committee
9AM - 11AM Submit Stones & Vote for Pretty Stone Contest
9AM - 4PM Dealers Open
9AM - 12PM Demos
10AM - 3PM Door Prize Drawings
12PM Announce Winners of Pretty Stone Contest
4PM Grand Prize Drawing
5PM The Faceters' Frolic Ends until FFF6.0
In Depot Room - Programs
10AM - 11AM "Selecting & Cutting Topaz"
by Diane Eames GG
1PM - 2PM "How the New GemRay for Windows Works"
by Robert Strickland, gemcad.com
3PM - 4PM "Faceting for Competition"
by Dr. Howard Bromley,
USFG Newsletter Editor

Dealer List
Intimate Gems - Farooq Hashmi - rough
Norm Holbert - rough
Robert Lowe - rough
CJP Gems - rough & used equipment
Larry Cashatt - rough & used equipment
Jersey Instruments - Patriot/Tom Thumb Faceting Machines
Lightning Laps - Marsh Howard - laps, accessories & polishes
Beckham's Barn - Tom Maxwell - Graves Mark 5XL,
Ultra-Tec V5 & Fantasy machines and rough

Robt. Strickland - Gemcad & GemRay software
Diane Eames, GG, rough

See you there,
royjohn, aka "Roy in Knoxville"

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 Post subject: Re: Franklin Faceter's Frolic 5.0
PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:44 pm 
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A small addition.

I forgot to add Roger Dery to the dealer list.
Roger said he'd be in town for the Gem Shows
and would like to come by and set up a table
with his famous rough. So add him to the list!

Best,
royjohn

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 Post subject: Re: Franklin Faceter's Frolic 5.0
PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:40 pm 
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NEW GemRay for Windows ?

When did this happen? Tell me more.


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 Post subject: Re: Franklin Faceter's Frolic 5.0
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:06 am 
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Robert Strickland, the originator of GemCad, has been working on an improved version of GemRay for Windows for a while. He has a beta version which he's getting tested by volunteers from the USFG list and he should have a final version ready for purchase soon. Robert has generously included me as a beta tester, but I've been very busy with the Frolic and other projects and haven't even had time to download the beta version and give Robert feedback. He's going to give a talk on this new version of GemRay @ FFF5.0 and I think he'll have a version ready for purchase then, too.

I gather that this program will help optimize gem designs and will supercede Tom Herbst's BOG, but until I have time to work on the beta version or see the completed program, I ought not to say more. You can find out a little more by going to the USFG list and looking at Robert's thread on this.

When I have more info, I'll be sure to post it here. Maybe Robert follows this list and will clarify things himself.

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 Post subject: Re: Franklin Faceter's Frolic 5.0
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:59 pm 
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When I have more info, I'll be sure to post it here. Maybe Robert follows this list and will clarify things himself.

I'll keep an eye on the website. I'm sure he'll announce it there.

I don't/can't read the "USFG" list because of differences with the "owner."


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 Post subject: Re: Franklin Faceter's Frolic 5.0
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:12 pm 
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Hello All,

In my post about registering for the GemCad workshops,
I forgot to include my direct email address, which is hidden on this forum.

The email is <rkersey@tds.net>. When you register, please put
"2012 GemCad Registration" in the subject line so that I can parse all the registrations out of my [very large] list of emails.

Thanks,
royjohn, aka Roy, aka Roy in Knoxville
For the Frolic Program Committee

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Roy, I am sending you an email to register for the beginner GemCad session.


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 Post subject: Re: Franklin Faceter's Frolic 5.0
PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:30 pm 
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royjohn wrote:
A small addition.

I forgot to add Roger Dery to the dealer list.
Roger said he'd be in town for the Gem Shows
and would like to come by and set up a table
with his famous rough. So add him to the list!

Best,
royjohn


As I was not able to work it out to be in Franklin for FFF5, I was able to arrange a viewing of Roger's rough in his shop as he was pulling all his goods together. I'm not sure if I was able to see everything he is bringing to Franklin, but what I did see was quite impressive. Quite a variety for sure. Smaller stones to larger stones in several species from Aquamarine, Quartz, Tourmaline, Garnet, Iolite, Scapolite, Sapphire, Zircon, etc, etc, etc. Too many to list. Very nice material I must say. Within each "group" were several colors, ex. Rhodolite, Malaya, Umbalite, Spessartite, Yellow-Golden Grossular, Yelow-Green Grossular / Mints / Tsav. Garnets. Green, Pink and fancy colored Tourmaline, etc..... Should be something for everyone. Some stones are even pre-formed.
Thank you Roger for the opportunity to see an example of what you will have available at Franklin,... too bad I can't make it.

--John


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