Coming Soon! Franklin Faceters Frolic 10

Make your plans now to attend the 10th USFG Franklin Faceters Frolic!

July 27, 28 and 29, 2017.

The Frolic is held in conjunction with the other gem show going on the same weekend in Franklin.
Lots to do and see. The Frolic is still at The Factory 1024 Georgia Rd. Franklin, NC 20734 (I know there were rumors).


Wednesday 26th- 5:00 pm
– Dealer set-up
Organizers Dinner
– Informal get together in the Boiler Room at The Factory.
– Open to anyone.

Thursday 27th- 8:00 am to 10:00 am
– Dealer set-up
10:00 Show opens till 5:00 pm

Friday 28th- 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
5:30 pm Pretty Stone Contest and Pizza Party at The Factory
Saturday 29th- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
There will be speakers throughout the three days.
Tentative speakers are:

  • Tom Mitchell
  • Ray Metric
  • Sue Lichtenberger
  • Dave Woolley
  • Diane Eames

NOTE: Times and subjects are coming.

Anyone interested in setting up to sell or if you would like to speak, please pm me.
Ken Michalek
FFF 10 Chairman


  1. Ken Michalek

    FFF10 Update
    Franklin Faceters Frolic 10 July 27, 28 & 29 2017
    Lightning Laps – Marsh Howard will have all his laps and supplies
    John E. Garsow – Rough, rough and more rough
    Jersey Instrument – Omni Faceting Machine, Charlie Musitamo will have his machines and be taking orders.
    Ultra Tech – Gerry Boykin, a factory rep. will be demonstrating a Fantasy machine and available for any machine questions.
    Dan Lynch – Rough from his travels from around the world.
    Tom Mitchell – Rough from his special stash
    Laura Maxwell Hilsen – Laura is Tom Maxwell’s daughter and will be bringing Tom’s estate of Carolina Custom Gems, Machines, laps, lapidary supplies and rough.
    B Diane Eames – Topaz and other rough.
    I still have a couple tables open for the event, if you are interested PM me and I can fill you in on the details.
    Only two months to go!
    Ken Michalek

  2. davewoolley


    You seem to have two threads on the FFF #10. Can you post the schedule and latest info on this thread, also? Someone might not find the other thread.


  3. Ken Michalek

    Franklin Faceters Frolic Update FFF10
    Only 3 weeks to go.
    We have a change in our speaker lineup, unfortunately Ray Metrick will not be Friday afternoon. In place Robert Strickland the GemCad man will be doing a Q & A session!
    So if you have a GemCad problem you can ask the expert.
    Friday July 28th at 1:00 pm.
    Also we have a new addition to the dealer tables, Roy Kersey will be bringing Noah Kins rough, very nice stuff from Africa.
    Looking forward to seeing all!
    Ken Michalek

  4. steveerichards

    How did the frolic go and how many attended? Would like to learn more on laps being used and sequence of steps in faceting a stone. Would I need to take the faceting class or could one watch a class? I’ve cut around 80 stones with about 20 very nice and the others either bad material or bad cutting.
    When and where have the frolics usually been held during the year?

    1. Alan Balmer

      Hi, Steve. The Frolic was well attended, but I don’t have a count yet. The Franklin Faceter’s Frolic is held in Franklin, NC in July each year. There have also been Frolics in Hayward, CA, Tuscon, AZ and Jacksonville, FL. You can certainly find classes, most notably at the William Holland school in Georgia, but local clubs may also have instructors. Many faceters are self-taught. I recommend that you acquire the book “Amateur Gemstone Faceting Volume 1” by Tom Herbst. It’s inexpensive and easily available from Amazon. You can also find videos on both Youtube and Vimeo. Search for “Faceting 101”. If you have further questions or observations, please post them on the forum.

      Al Balmer, website contact

  5. steveerichards

    Thanks Al,
    I have the two Volumes by Tom Herbst and went to Tuscon, AZ this year but the frolic had to be cancelled. Did take one class from Elmer Kitchel 85 year old gemologist among other things. Made bowls from wood and rock on the lathe. One of the first in the Tulsa area to make a tumbler. Took one class from him but now I wish I had taken many more. Im a member of the Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society.

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