2019 Tucson Faceters Frolic Schedule

The 2019 Tucson Faceters Frolic is at
The Old Pueblo Lapidary Club
3118 North Dale Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85712

The three days of speakers is free of charge. The Gem Buying Tour, the Faceting Class and the Gem
Cad Classes are available for a fee and they each have a limited number of spaces available.
To sign up and pay for these events you will need to pay in advance by going to
https://usfacetersguild.org/events/ and paying through Pay Pal.

A short version of the schedule is here. Please download the full description from 2019 Tucson FFF

Paid events

Wednesday, February 6, 2019:
Gem Buying Tour of Tucson
Cost: $40.00 USD
Tour group size limited to 8 people.

Scott Sucher will be taking you around to the many retail shows that have gem rough for sale.

Thursday and Friday, February 7-8, 2019:
Beginning Gem Faceting Class
Cost: $40.00 USD
Class size limited to 6 students.
The class will be taught by Jeff Theesfeld, Billy Bob Riley and Dave Richardson. The
maximum number of participants will be limited to 6 people.

Friday, February 8:
Gem Cad Classes (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced)
Cost for Each Class: $30.00 USD
Class sizes limited to 12 students.
Beginning Class will start promptly at 9:00 AM till 11:00 AM
Intermediate Class will start at 12.00 PM and go till 2:00 PM
Advanced Class will start at 3:00 PM and go till 5:00 PM
This class will be taught by the program developer Robert Strickland.

Free Admission

Thursday, February 7, 2019:
10:00 AM till 12:00 PM:
Speaker: Dan Lynch and Peter Torraca will be talking about Taking the Step Towards Faceting as
a Business.

4:00 PM till 6:00 PM:
Speaker: Boyd Fox will talk about gem repair and re-cutting.
7:00 PM till 9:00 PM
Speaker: Mike Grey will be talking about cutting rare gemstones.

Friday, February 8, 2019:
10:00 AM till Noon:
Speaker: John Bailey plans to talk about “Polish, and how to get a good one” and about “Faceting Material
Selection and Project Planning”.

4:00 PM till 6:00 PM:
Speaker: Victor Tuzlukov has a number of cutting projects that he will be covering.
7:00 PM till 9:00 PM:
Speaker: Scott Sucher will talk on the Art of Grinding and Polishing

Saturday, February 9, 2019
10:00 AM till Noon:
Speakers: Jeff Theesfeld and special guest Glenn Klein
Jeff’s Top-Twenty Historical Gem Designs – What great designs can teach
faceters today, with reference to Glenn Klein’s book.

1:00 PM till 3:00 PM:
Speaker: Rej Poirier will discuss his new gem design software Gem Cut Studio.

3:00 PM till 5:00 PM:
Speakers: Tom Mitchell and Jeff Theesfeld will lead a panel discussion on past, present
and future plans for the USFG.


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