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David Giulietti

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  1. David Giulietti

    Salutations from Berkeley California

    Hi Janel, I am trying hard to do a few less shows and spend a little more time pushing forward at the bench. The Smithsonian and Philly still haven't let me in. I will keep applying and hope that somebody on the jury notices me in the sea of jewelers that apply to those shows. It is hard for me to understand how peoples taste can shift away from beautiful handmade art but I guess the aesthetic pendulum is constantly swinging. It is tricky to put enough time into getting good at something and then manage to stay "relevant". I feel pretty lucky that I have a handful of wonderful buyers/collectors who keep me fed and stocked with materials. I can't believe the weather you are having out there this year. I was cold outside this morning because it was 49 degrees i had to run back inside and grab a scarf to go with my sweatshirt because there was a little breeze. Radiant heating in the studio sounds like a wonderful thing. I have had my share of freezing cold studios and I now make a point of always working in a space with good heat. I am coming to St Paul in April for ACC. Should be fun. Dave
  2. David Giulietti

    Salutations from Berkeley California

    Thanks Ed. I am trying to make it a point to get back on here more regularly. I want to get more connected with my community of artists.
  3. David Giulietti

    Salutations from Berkeley California

    Hi Janel Happy New Year! Sorry for the slowest of slow replies. I had a few out of state shows and then some family health issues and then it was the holiday. I do know about Steve Lindsay's forum and I am a member there. I do a bunch of different shows. All the ACC shows, Ann Arbor, and Columbus. Sausalito and Cherry Creek when I get in. I have been trying to get into the Smithsonian show and the Philly Museum but they have rejected me thus far. I rotate through a handful of smaller local California shows as time and sanity permit. This year my goal is to to do fewer shows and focus more on expanding and exploring new creative directions. I have my new jade carving station almost operational and I have been collecting a lot of great pieces of black jade. I have been doing what I can with my little trim saw, my cabbing machine and a flexshaft. New directions seem like a good test of patience. How is the weather in Minnesota? I keep meaning to get out there to brush up on my surfing.
  4. David Giulietti

    Salutations from Berkeley California

    Thanks Jim. I will definitely look you up next time I am out that way!
  5. David Giulietti

    Salutations from Berkeley California

    Hello I joined this forum 3 years ago with every intention of being an active member. Work has a way of grabbing me and spinning me around and the next thing I know another year is gone. A good friend of mine and fellow artist Frank Zika calls it "muse abuse". When the fiddle plays I dance. I am a hand engraver, goldsmith, jewelry designer and lately working on becoming a gem cutter and carver. Making things and art have always been part of my life. When we were teenagers my brother and I use to steal street signs and make them into armor. I studied fine art, painting and sculpture in college and following graduation worked in an art bronze foundry in Paso Robles, CA as a metal chaser/ finisher. A stint running the metal department for National Resophonic Guitars in San Luis Obispo, CA got me interested in hand engraving. I sat in my garage with a book, a couple of gravers, and a $12 vice from the discount tool store and taught myself to engrave. For about ten years I had a business engraving musical instrument parts for different builders. I engraved the metal bodies for National Guitars, and Dobro. I worked on mountains of banjo parts, guitar tuners, snare drum shells, every kind of resonator guitar and ukulele, and electric guitar parts. In the late 90's I started playing with jewelry on the side. The large format of musical instrument engraving had begun to be problematic as I got interested in more highly refined styles of working. It became difficult to find clients that wanted to pay for the level of work I wanted to do. Working on small scale jewelry objects made more sense for me. I also liked the materials in jewelry. Musical instrument parts are made of brass, steel, and nickel silver parts that need to be plated. I liked that jewelry could be made from gold and silver and no plating was necessary. If you want gold color use gold not gold plating. Now jewelry has been at the center of my making for the last 10 or so years. My work is heavily influenced by decorative styles of working from around the world. I have started gem cutting this year and am setting up my studio to be able to do gem carving as well. Materials tend to grab me and pull me in and I am very excited about the possibilities in nephrite jade. Blah blah blah. Now a few pictures Thanks for letting me be a part of this I am very excited to get to know all of you a little better and hopefully sleep on some of your couches as i travel the world doing the fine craft show circuit. Cheers David
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    Compass? Dividers? Old tool question

    My first thought was a variation on trammel points or a beam compass. But given the hefty handle, the steep angle of the (center finding) center point, and the short beam I would guess gasket cutter. Google images seemed to agree. My 2 cents David
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