Sunday, April 23, 2017

Part VI Hard Rock Cafe @ 30.96 Hastings Mike Ma Metal Works Forum

March 25, 2017
Metalworks HRC

Dear All

-- Greetings, wonderful show at the PNE; managed to see a few friends from the is a circle divider from Tim McCreight's Book-Complete Metalsmith-use it to divide up circles into equal parts. love the presentations of our club at the show as well as our Presidents display of jewellery/carving. he has gathered some great talent behind him. I see a group of seven in the far future.




March 26, 2017  8:24am
     Metalworks  your makerbot sample request

dear all,
here's a suggestion for a program for the HCR one of these days .. there also is a place (3DSmith) west on Seymour at 518 West Pender on the north side of the street a few stores down that has a range of 3-D printers and he has displays of what it can do ..particularly to jewelry he has a range of pendants/rings n' others that he had cast in silver derived from the 3-d printer...i will get some cards from him to get to  our next meeting..see attached letter. enjoy the attached video file.
 We've released new products since then, and we have a wide network of resellers in Canada now, and I'd be happy to set up a demo or talk about time and money-saving uses for Creative jewelers Guild.

For example, you might like this new video we produced with Lockheed Martin about their satellite telescopic lenses:  MakerBot One MetroTech Center, 21st Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201 W |


April 3, 2017  8:00am


Enjoy viewing the attached websites...instructional DVD shorts on techniques/tool reviews/tips n' tricks..titanium strip pieces for clamping down your soldering projects (download pics of some clamp configurations)

--Dear all,

 here are 2 websites that are both free and paid for service subscription .. some of the free viewing is listed on Andrew Berry's website and on youtube. They are: -over 1000 instructionals available and he is producing 3 DVD shorts each week with techniques/tool reviews/top tricks n tips. he is a definite well versed instructor and covers what we all would like to achieve in jewelry and at a fractional cost of doing a jewelry course in the lower mainland. it might be the way to expand one's experttise in the long run the next website introduces titanium strips for usage as clamps for soldering. you can view the assorted ways they are shaped and view Andrews Berry's use of them on youtube. you can download pics of the various shaping of his minicamps on this web page



April 3, 2017  9:30am


here is a great overview of soldering by Kate Richbourg on youtube-elapsed time 1 hour 39 minutes in length..intensive/thorough...I read through her newest her 1 inch square tester plates. will make up several of them for our future classes


and from the attached website:




April 10, 2017  12:07pm


Dear all,

 at the central library on 5th floor-Magazine section- Ornament magazine (undergoing a new management)-reference magazine Volume 39 no.3 listing the work of glass bead maker-Kristina Logan ... check out her website- probably could play with enamels this way...watching how she frames her work might help us play with our bezels too- jazz it up so to speak !


mike m


April 13, 2017

Metalworks-HRC  Your forging Ebook is right here!

Dear All

Here is a fella that started blacksmithing with singularity & zeal at the age of 11 years old .. he is on youtube with exercises that can be incorporated into copper/brass/silver and gold I'm sure ... attached I have subscribed (freely for) to his ebook. an interesting way to see in small steps how the metal will move.
My name is Alec Steele, I am a blacksmith! You probably know me through YouTube and know that I film and edit a daily YouTube vlog, forging projects that push the boundaries of my knowledge and entertain you, the viewer!
check out his website as well he is a comedian with a hammer .. you will be smitten .. keep hammering on!




April 15, 2017
Metalworks-from HCR - Becker youtube on Kinetic jewelry

Dear All

Jeweler Kinetic Rings - Studio Michael Berger

 ... loves transforming graceful hands into eye-catching stages. Appropriately, his hand-made collections feature kinetic jewellery pieces that move and spin on the wearer's hand. At first glance, his stainless steel or gold ring sculptures seem to be attractively heavy, clearly shaped pieces. It is when you put them on and start moving your hands that their full magic is revealed: the top elements, which nestle closely together, start to move and rotate.

-this is a beauty of engineering/structure and art...all rolled into one .. savour this !




April 19, 2017

Metalworks-from HCR

- hydraulic press excerpts from Ganksin

-- see if you can view from the attachment...a nice overview of the hydraulic press with accessorial methods from the past- Devcon plastic metal for die forming-positive/negative space ... other methods using 2 stage epoxy/plaster etc. my email from telusmight be changing and acting strangely- sorry if attachment doesn't work!   decided to print out the web site for your immediate usage-key points to the hydraulic press c/o

Susan Kingsley, Floating Variations Hung-up in a Structure



April 20, 2017

Metalworks from HCR Studio Craft as Career-a Guide to Achieving excellence in Art-Making

Dear all,

discovered a nice synoptic book on art as career containing a 45 year career by author Paul J. Stankard's advice and attendant with this is a synopsis of 48 Artist A-Z showing their works and adding a pithy piece of advice to pursuing one's dreams (as well as their websites)...if you know someone who is younger/eager and artistic this might be a book that could be a good mentoring book to use.

Studio Craft as a Career Guide to Achieving Excellence in Art-making

an example of advice ?

p 191-Sondra Sherman:  Creative:

Growth-protect time to explore and follow curiosity
be fearless (or pretend to be)
be obsessive
cultivate and embrace your idiosyncrasy
be brave, be brave, be brave

for Practical concerns:

recognize the difference between creating and producing; knowing both are necessary in professional practice and not always in desired proportions explore the varied types of practice in your field-try them-directly or as an employee/assistant knowing yourself is key to understanding what motivates your creative growth and what form of practice will be fulfilling and viable.

Motivation must be internal and supported by your personal values or it will be fragile.

now add another 47 words of advice from other artist in glass/wood/metal etc and quotes: i.e.

page 150 - Ferne Jacobs Carl Jung said:   Pick the hardest thing to do, because if you do that, all your energy comes together to focus on it. If it is too easy, not enough energy gets engaged. I always want to be in a mystery, and learn something new, so I take the risk!



April 23, 2017

Metalworks HRC  A jig and dance

a nice jig that one can make to cut one's chain links..several other designs which i will be bringing into the next smithing class ... any ideas to improve this design ?... how to secure this jig for usage ?



April 27, 2017 
 Metalwork-HRC-jewelery show at Vancouver Community College on May 18, 2017

 Dear all, 

consider visiting VCC for their annual jewelry show to be held on May 18, 2017 between 6-9 PM it will be held at their downtown campus on Hastings street.

    check out what's the latest craze in jewelry  and what the school is offering in terms of evening courses. it has come to my attention that at John Oliver high school they are offering in their machine shop at the back of  the high school a jewelry course  and that these courses are convertible to credits at VCC's downtown jewelry school. So if you are young or old and want to consider training in this direction that might be a way to go and re-invigorate yourself.




May 7, 2017

 Metalworks-HRC-jewelry tutorials-small portable / efficient jewelry bench  Jewelry Tutorial Newsletter

Hello Fellow Metalsmithers,

The Workbench, Workshop and Tools, a reflection of ourselves, our creativity and our workmanship....the holy grail for every metalsmith.

This is the place where designs are dreamed up and come to fruition, work is done for hours on the finest detail and where we expand our skills, all the while doing what we love doing. There is no getting around it. This is where we spend most of our time.

That is why we must make our space work for us. Set it up to be efficient. Set it up comfortable. Make your tools work for you.

 Previous Metalsmith Newsletter Editions

Prepping Copper for Hydraulic Press


Mike Ma
Part I Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings  MetalWorks Forum; Torch Fired Enamelling; SilverSmithing  

Mike Ma
Part II Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings  Torch Fired Enamelling; Silversmithing; Blacksmithing

Mike Ma
Part VI Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings  MetalWorks Forum:  Mike Ma


Part III Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings   Books

Part IV  Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings  Days of Old, Days of Gold

Part V Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings  Annual Rock and Gem Show : Children Activities too

 Hastings Centre Community Rockhounds

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

North Vancouver RCMP: Where-did-this-money-come-from? BC Liberal secret donors?

Google Search Criteria:

RCMP’s Sensitive Investigations Unit, part of force’s Federal Serious and Organized Crime division

Metro News
.... a “huge loophole” in British Columbia’s election laws may have allowed corporations and unions in B.C. to keep their hefty donations out of the public eye — at least until long after the May 9 election is over.

According to a government transparency watchdog, B.C. voters should ask every would-be MLA one question at campaign stops and all-candidate forums: “Will you disclose your donors before election day,” suggested Duff Conacher, co-founder of Democracy Watch. “Then watch them all squirm.”

The reason for the question, he said, is that under B.C.’s already lax donations rules — which permit unlimited donations, donors outside Canada, and $3,000 in anonymous gifts per candidate — individual candidates don’t have to reveal who gave them money until three months after every election.  ....

Where did this money come from?

North Vancouver
2017-04-19 15:35 PDT
File # 2017-8001 

That is what the North Vancouver RCMP is asking after they seized a significant amount of cash and rare coins from a male with no fixed address. The monies were discovered on April 06, 2017 at approximately 11:00 pm in the Lower Lonsdale area of North Vancouver after the North Vancouver RCMP Strike Force had observed a male acting suspiciously. The male was arrested for ‘Trespassing at Night’.

Subsequent to the arrest police seized from this 21 year-old male a large amount of cash along with a valuable coin collection of international origins. The male also had in his possession a pair of bolt/lock cutters. When questioned by police the suspect could not provide a lawful explanation of how and where he came to be in possession of the large amount of money.

Investigators are certain that the monies are stolen, perhaps from a break and enter of a residence or business, said Cpl Richard De Jong of the North Vancouver RCMP. Residents, not only of the North Shore, are encouraged to check the places they may hide their valuables to see if they are still there!

If these monies are your property and you can provide accurate and specific details of the total amount the police would be pleased to return them to you. Please quote file number 2017-8001. The North Vancouver RCMP can be contacted at 604-985-1311. By identifying the rightful owner of the money it will assist the police in charging the suspect criminally with ‘Possession of Stolen Property’.

Released by
Cpl. Richard De Jong
Media Relations
North Vancouver RCMP
147 East 14 St, North Vancouver, BC, V7L-2N4
Office: 604-969-7561
Cell: 604-363-5584
Fax: 604-990-7450

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Wanted: A Name: $30 reward: Buzzer? BC Electric aka BC Hydro / TransLink

 British Columbia Electric Company   The Buzzer  1916 - 1929

 Public Utilities Must Be Understood
We often hear people say: "Oh, that's some more B. C. Electric propaganda!"  Well, what of it?  The only thing wrong with the remark is the insinuation put in the word propaganda.  If the other fellow says it, it's propaganda; if you say it, it is truth.

Every public utility company has to keep informing the public about its business.  That is the only kind of "propaganda" we use.  But the criticism is so general that we came across some remarks made the other day by Preston S. Arkwright, president of the National Electric Light Association, which express what we have in mind better than we could do.

Our business is peculiarly subject to public favor or ill-will, and is regulated and controlled everywhere by commissions, city councils, LEGISLATURES and juries.  Their attitude is influenced by prejudice which arises largely out of unfamiliarity with the business.  We therefore should acquaint them with the business.  If we are going to perform our public duty, we have got to expand every year.  We have get to GET THE MONEY for EXPANSION from somebody else, and we can't get it if the community is prejudiced against us.  so it is our business to see that the industry is understood, for one reason so that we can get the additional finances we need in order that the public may benefit in better service at a smaller cost.  That is only one of the benefits from public relations.  We want the public constantly to benefit in better treatment, greater consideration, more universal service and economical rates."
February 15, 1929

British Columbia Electric Railway Company Limited

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

'Chalke' one up for the good guys: MISFIRE

OmbudsReport 2017 533-web-sm

Mike de Jong passed the problem onto Margaret MacDiarmid

with the Premier's blessing

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   And the costs just keep climbing, and not just in money:

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British Columbia. Ministry of Attorney General
Statement of Crown Proceedings Payments for the Fiscal Year ... 

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Treasury Board directive 1/15 : settlements of claims and payments into court proposed to be certified under section 14 of the Crown Proceeding Act in amounts greater than $500,000
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Treasury Board Directives INDEX

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

North Shore Dogs / Owners are damned by DNV By-Law Enforcement Officers and ... a Payless Towing violator .....

a North Shore News - Letter to the Editor on Dogs
I secured my dog at the spot I normally do, near the area designated for dogs. A gentleman from animal control, who was exiting the library as I entered, stopped me and said I could no longer tie my dog and leave him alone, no matter it was a two-minute errand into the library to retrieve my book.  ..... Snip
North Shore News Editor’s note: In an email response to our query, the district’s chief bylaw officer, Carol Walker, explains: “Not everyone is comfortable around dogs, particularly when they are unattended. This is an issue we receive complaints about. While we support and encourage owners taking their dogs for walks and outings, they should not leave them unattended. It is the law.”

 District of North Vancouver Bylaw 7534 (embedded in DNV Bylaw 5891)
"Under Control" means, in respect of any dog, leashed or unleashed, that the dog:
    a) immediately returns when called by the person who owns or has care and control of the dog; and
    b) is not annoying, harassing or attacking any person, wildlife or other animal

Same Capilano Library - two days after North Shore News Letter to the Editor

A docile dog, leashed, tied to the same library exterior wall (fire hydrant is real)
Capilano Library  - Edgemont Village

Across the street another docile dog in the Village, leashed, not tied to the bench
Edgemont Village - near the Clock

Back to the Capilano Library
Signage for Dogs - Bottom Left 'No Parking outside'  + Top Right 'Special Dogs Permitted inside'

Definitely No Parking

And then there's Payless Towing with all its lights, bells and whistles which allows it to park anywhere when picking up a disabled vehicle in the City and District of North Vancouver.

In this instance last week the Payless driver chose to block pedestrians access to the library ....

 The reason?

The driver had to go into Fine Foods to place his order ....

then waited outside to make phone calls ....

and then went back in to pick-up his order ....

 When all he had to do was park on a residential street a quarter of a block away, throw on his four way flashers and not block anyone from going about their business...

As to the Dog issue, its understandable about the Animal Enforcement Officer's (AEO) concerns, so too for District Hall, but to state that its the LAW, doesn't go anywhere near to solving the 'problem' of what to do with unattended dogs.


The District provides parking for motorists in Edgemont village.

Motorists have a track record of leaving their pets in the cars.... which would bring the AEO back again with a sledgehammer and a fine...

Seats are provided in public spaces ....

Why not provide the means by which unattended dogs are not permitted to interact with people by providing a covered (to protect the animals from rain or the SUN) caged area to LOCK the dogs into "separate lodgings" while the owners go about their business in the Village?

It should be noted that there are several places in the Village that allow the dog owners to secure their pets to a post or a ring .... which is on PRIVATE property not PUBLIC property such as the Library.