Back to School

Whether you are a summer buff or fall lover, there’s no doubt that, like it or not, school is soon to start. College students are relishing their last class-free days or perhaps finishing up a summer internship. Kids and parents are shopping for backpacks and school clothes and pencils and glue. Public, private, and homeschool teachers alike are straightening school rooms, reading over curriculum, and busily and happily organizing school supplies. Ah, yes, there’s .

The Furnace and The Hammer

The furnace refines and softens. The hammer shapes. The silversmith uses both to form the silver into pieces of jewelry you want to wear. The blast of heat removes impurities and brings sterling silver to its best value. The fire takes the silver from solid and unyielding to malleable, ready to be shaped by the craftsman’s imagination.                                   .