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  • Resources: Books about faceting

    Posted by Glenn on January 31, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    In checking out the new site, under “Resources: Books About Faceting”, is it possible to add 3 additional, more recently published faceting books to the list in resources?

    Those being ‘Cutting Gemstones: A beginners guide to faceting by John Broadfoot & Peter Collins, 2003 ISBN:0-646-41461-5 and ‘Amateur Gemstone Faceting, Volumes 1 & 2, by Tom Herbst, 2014 ISBN:13: 978-3-00-047474-3 and 13: 978-3-00-047475-0, respectively.

    I have these 3 books and find them an invaluable resource especially for people just learning faceting and even for those of us who have been cutting for a while. In past postings on the Yahoo group, many members also thought they were a great resource. Thanks.

    gemcutter1 replied 6 years, 5 months ago 8 Members · 10 Replies
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  • Faceting 101 (Arya Akhavan)

    Administrator
    February 1, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    I absolutely agree with Glenn. The Broadfoot & Collins, as well as Tom Herbst’s series, are by far the best books that exist for faceting, with the Graham as a distant third. I’ve found that the beginners I’ve been teaching have the most difficulty with the Soukup and the Vargas.

  • Jon Rolfe

    Member
    February 5, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I have them all, as do most people who have faceted for a long time. I think Tom Herbst’s series makes everything else an obsolete historical oddity, because of its depth and range. The reader can go right to the “First Stone” section (And many discover bad habits they need to lose) or dive into the depths of the Trigonometry and Optical Physics as deeply as they like, when they wish, or never…But it’s there.

    This 2 volume set will never be outgrown, even when one progresses from Beginner to Exalted Worshipful Supreme Grand Master (With oak leaf cluster).

  • Tom Mitchell

    Administrator
    March 7, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    I don’t know if my book is listed or not. I wrote a book for beginners that I have been using as my text for students. It is in its third edition. My book is entitled “Faceting 1, Learn the Fine Art of Gem Faceting, It’s Easy!”. It has been reviewed in the USFG Newsletter by Howard Bromley, and our former President, Will Smith has read it and given it a thumbs up. I have also had private reviews by several of our officers and members. It is available as a PDF download or as a spiral bound book on my website http://www.mitchelljewelrystudio.com. If you have any questions, please let me know.

    Tom Mitchell
    352-751-0906

  • Tom Mitchell

    Administrator
    March 7, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    By the way, where are the books listed on this website?

    Tom Mitchell

  • Tom Maxwell

    Member
    March 7, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    I found it by searching “books” in search box. It doest seem to have a direct link on the website ….yet. I’ll get that fixed soon.

    https://usfacetersguild.org/?s=books

    Tom Maxwell

  • Tom Maxwell

    Member
    March 7, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    I found it by searching “books” in search box. It doest seem to have a direct link on the website ….yet. I’ll get that fixed soon.

    https://usfacetersguild.org/?s=books

    Tom Maxwell

  • jamesandrew

    Member
    September 5, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Looking for this one to be available in the local shelves. I am so curious about , just few online excerpts shows already my interest.

    Regards,
    James Andrew.
    “publishing black and white books at http://www.digitekprinting.com/bound-books-black-white

  • Alan Balmer

    Administrator
    September 5, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    This topic has been neglected, I’m afraid. In answer to Tom Mitchells’ question of a year and a half ago, go to the “Library” dropdown and click on “Article Archives”. In that list you’ll find a “Resources” category, and the link to books is there.

    James, the book you mention is not a resource for faceters, unless they also want to publish books. I will try to get the others mentioned added.

  • Alan Balmer

    Administrator
    September 5, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    The three faceting books mentioned above have been added to the “Books” article in “Resources”. Better descriptions may be coming. Feel free to recommend other books for this list.

  • gemcutter1

    Member
    January 30, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    I use the book, “Introduction To Meetpoint Faceting” by Robert H. Long & Norman W, Steele when I teach at William Holland. It is a very good teaching aid. It is copyright by Seattle Faceting Books, R. H. Long and Norman W. Steele2232 78th Avenue S.E. Mercer Island, WA 98040. It is available from Graves.

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