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1. Welcome to the system test
2. My first message
3. BIO: Cathy Gaber
4. NEW: Question on silver
5. RE: Question on silver

Date: Tue, 10 Jun 1997 06:58:40 -0400
To: <>
Subject: Welcome to the system test

>From those first announcements came 87 registrants in three days. I
couldn't believe it, Jerry Dewbre (Faceter's Digest) suggested that I had
bitten off more than I could chew, and he may be right! But thanks to Ken
Wetz who told me about this list software, I think it will work out OK.

The list software is shareware, named SVList2.1 and is described on a web
page which can be found at <<>>. It is well
laid out and- so far, at least, easy to use.

Downloaded the software one night, got a second mailbox the next morning,
and spent the day playing with the software. Now we are doing a two week
test of the system, and I would like each of you to act as if this is an
ongoing list, submit questions and help with answers! If everything goes
smoothly, I will then ask everyone else to join in!

We are off and flying!!! Just hope we don't crash!!!

Hale Sweeny
Durham, NC

Date: Tue, 10 Jun 1997 08:40:04 +0000
Subject: My first message

I suspect there are only a couple of us on here yet so I might
reintroduce myself in a couple of days.
I'm Ken, a early 40 something rockhound. My poor wife has had to put
up with a garage full of rocks, grinding machines,, me needing extra
buildings, faceting machines ( another list ;) and all the other
signs of the addiction. I'm pretty easy to spot at shows,, I'm one of
the guys drooling over the pretty bottles of opal. Yep thats one of
my major weaknesses, I'm a confirmed Opalholic also. I have a web
page that you can visit that shows a bit of my work. It also has
information about the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts,,
which is a school I love to go to every year for a recharge.

Ken Wetz

Date: Tue, 10 Jun 1997 10:00:05 +0900
To: <>
Subject: Bio

Hi fellow lapidarists,
My name is Cathy Gaber. I have been interested in lapidary work for
seven years, ever since my husband and I took cabochon making at Wildacres
in Little Switzerland, NC. My husband Bruce now teaches the class every
year in June. We don't have as much time as we would like to spend at the
wheel (or in his case, doing intarsia or channel setting), but we look
forward to learning lots of tips from the rest of you.

Date: Tue, 10 Jun 1997 14:21:26 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: New--question on silver

I am in the process of making a chain necklace from sterling, and am
wondering if it will harden any if I tumble polish it.
Jerry Dewbre
Augusta, Georgia

Date: Tue, 10 Jun 1997 20:08:49 -0400
To: <>
Subject: RE : Question on silver


It seems a little sad that the first real question the list has is really
off-topic! If you have jewelry questions, I suggest you try the newsgroup! Let's please stay on topic! It is lapidary, folks!!!

Hale Sweeny
Durham, NC
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