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USFG-TUCSON FACETERS FROLIC


NEW 3 Day Event -- The first USFG-Tucson Faceters Frolic will be held February 5, 6, & 7, 2015 at the Old Pueblo Clubhouse leading up to their annual HobNob on Saturday evening. The Tucson Faceters Frolic is supported and sponsored in part by the United States Faceters Guild. There will be three full days of lectures, discussions, classes and demonstrations by the following:

GemCad Classes - Robert Strickland
Diane Eames of Gems of the Hill Country - Gemstone and Jewelry Design
Jerry Call - Cutting for Maximum Yield
Larry Mattos - Beginning Concave Gem Cutting
Dalan Hargrave - Advanced Concave and Fantasy Cutting
Dr. Bill Hanneman – Gemstone Identification
Lisa Elser - Buying Rough in Africa
Kate Pleatman - The Business of Faceting
Steve and Nancy Attaway - Designing Jewelry
Jeff Hapeman - Gem Photography and Gem Mining in CA
Faceting Classes – Ernie Hawes and Arya Akhavan
Tools and Equipment Demonstrations - Ultra-Tec, V-5 Digital Faceting Machine, Ultra-Tec Fantasy Machine, Graves Digital Mark 5XL
Several Dealers will have Faceting Rough for Sale.

Class size will be limited and there will be a fee for some of the events to cover the cost. A detailed schedule of events along with registration information will be published soon.

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Anyone else seeing crazy high airline ticket prices for Tucson this year? I alway take the same flight and its always been around $420. This year delta wants $1100 for the same flight!

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slightly steep - it's less than 700 $ from Munich ;o)
.. not with Delta however..


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Regarding flights, you might consider flying to Phoenix and renting a car to drive down to Tucson ( about an hour and half drive). In years past I have found the difference in the fare to just Phoenix, as opposed to Tucson, paid for my car rental. You could also consider getting cheap flight to Las Vegas and then driving down. ( about five hours drive)


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I have done the drive from Phoenix before, I'll look into that. It is just so strange how much the price into Tucson has gone up. I have taken the same Delta flight for the last 8 years, and now it's almost triple the price.

Maybe I should fly to Germany first, then Tucson!

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One thing you do have to watch when pricing car rentals out of Phoenix airport is a 40% tax for various airport fees. Often the car rental agencies won't tell you about the tax.


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Hey Gene,
It is possible prices have adjusted in the last day or so. I realize this has you coming in on Sunday afternoon, but the flight is also available on Friday or Saturday for a bit more. And, is only a one-stop compared to several others with two stops. Good luck in your search, and I'm sure I will see you there.

P.S. and am assuming you are still flying out of Harrisburg PA, as there are even cheaper flights if you're willing to fly from PHL or BWI given that they are only 1-1/2 hours away.

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Thanks Roger. That's strange, if I fly on Sunday the price is as you show, however flying out of Harrisburg on either Friday (as I normally do) or Saturday, then the same flight is $1100 on delta. The delta flight through Atlanta has always been my preferred way to go, as I arrive in Tucson just after lunch.

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Thanks Roger. That's strange, if I fly on Sunday the price is as you show, however flying out of Harrisburg on either Friday (as I normally do) or Saturday, then the same flight is $1100 on delta. The delta flight through Atlanta has always been my preferred way to go, as I arrive in Tucson just after lunch.
Hi Gene,
Yes, strangely, the flights are significantly more going out on Fri/Sat. I checked other cities as well, and there is a similar pattern.

Regarding flying thru Atlanta, you also miss either Minneapolis or Salt Lake weather patterns that may not be that friendly that time of year. And I don't believe Cincinnati flies direct to Tuscon anymore.

Let me know if you will be there on Tuesday the 3rd. ~

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I'm glad to see that someone else uses Matrix for finding airfares. It's probably the most powerful tool out there right now :)


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I have found lately that the prices directly from the airlines website or App are the same as any of the websites such as expedia, kayak, Matrix etc.

Looks like maybe I'll fly out Sunday rather than Friday.

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Is there any update on these sessions? I'd love to get in on it.

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Is there any update on these sessions? I'd love to get in on it.

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The latest information with the schedules, times and events is on the website - www.tucsonfacetersfrolic.com.
There is also a Facebook page - Tucson Faceters Frolic. If you have any questions, email me at tmm5111@gmail.com
See you in Tucson!

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January 17 UPDATE

Some of the classes are full, but there are many other classes and programs to attend. Check out the latest information at www.tucsonfacetersfrolic.com

USFG-TUCSON FACETERS FROLIC – UPDATED SCHEDULE AND FEES


The following links provide the schedule for the Tucson Frolic to be held on Thursday, 2/5, Friday, 2/6, and Saturday 2/7. Some programs that are fee based, but many are free.

These Programs are free:

Fantasy Gem Cutting and Advanced Techniques with Dalan Hargraves
Concave Faceting with Larry Mattos
Buying rough in Africa - Lisa Elser
Gemstone photography - Jeff Hapeman
Gem Identification - Dr. Bill Hanneman
Gem Mining in California - Jeff Hapeman
Competition Cutting – Victor Tuzkukov

There is a $5.00 fee for the following programs workshops
Jewelry Design with Gemstones Nancy and Steve Attaway
Designing Gems for Jewelry - Diane Eames
Faceting as a Business - Kate Pleatman


There will be fee-based classes as listed:
Beginning Faceting classes on Thursday and Friday - $20.00 per class
Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced GemCad with Robert Strickland
- $25.00 per class
Guided Tours to various rough dealers Thursday and Friday. $40.00 each day

We will be selling raffle tickets for door prizes all 3 days. The prizes will include fine faceting rough from Lisa Elser, John Garsow and Farooq Hashmi of Mine Direct along with a Deluxe Polishing kit from Gearloose - Jon Rolfe

For further information on the days and times of the programs and classes and to register and pay, please go the website: http://www.tucsonfacetersfrolic.com/
The Facebook page is USFG-Tucson Faceters Frolic

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Woohoo!! I actually got Hubby to agree to take the Beginning Faceting Class on Thursday =D> . I hope we'll see some familiar faces!

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