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Gemstone Faceting / Re: UltraTech VL
« on: February 03, 2020, 12:33:35 AM »
I spoke at length with UT's owner, Joe Rubin, earlier this year, and he said UT was planning the official debut at the Tucson show Feb 13th thru 16th.  That's why my pre-order will be sent on Feb 8th.  (I only live 260 miles from the UT factory in Santa Ana, California so my machine should arrive just before the show begins.)

Tell Us About Yourself / Re: Hello from Las Vegas USA
« on: February 03, 2020, 12:06:58 AM »
Glad to see another facetor here now Lowjiber. Do you have a favourite stone for faceting?
I think my favorite is Oregon Sunstone.  The "common" variety is clear and champagne colored, but once in a while one can find a piece with just a tiny internal touch of red or blue-green.  By orienting the cut to put the color as low in the pavilion as possible, the entire stone just comes alive with color.  Those really catch the buyer's eye.

Gemstone Faceting / Re: Fred W Van Sant Star Cuts 1-6 Wanted
« on: February 02, 2020, 02:38:42 AM »
Steve... I'm new at posting images here, but am gonna try. beers

Here is the text of the READ ME file and an attached PDF of the list of the decompressed files that are included in Wyman's download.  (Crossing fingers that this works.)



This is just a short note about the files on the disc.  The Early Computing and Early Design Work 1 &2 are just included in case you are interested in glancing at some of the huge amount of work Fred and others did in the “old” days. 

The Star Cuts Master contains all of the work copyrighted by Fred, sold to Jeff Graham, and now owned by me.  They are the designs I’m slowly getting up on the site.  You will also find a number of designs that I either wasn’t able to make a decent GemCad diagram out of or didn’t lend themselves to that.  For example, FVS-24, Marquis; and FVS-28, Oval cover methodology rather than just a single stone.  I would encourage you to browse through all 483 designs at your leisure and enjoy some of the information that is hidden here and there.

Early Star Cuts includes Vol. 1 through 3 and what would become Vol. 4.  I’ve included it mostly for background, but it has a few designs that were changed in the later edition.   

The Novice series contains PDFs of Fred’s 13 Novice designs that were on Bob Keller’s website and printed a number of other places.  They’re relatively easy to cut, produce a very nice stone, and are good to use whenever you are trying new laps or polishes or just for fun.  I’ve also included the Mini Barions and other designs by Alec Wolkonsky and Fred Van Sant.

I have noticed a few typo’s in the Star Cuts diagrams.  For example,  in FVS-21, Spoke, the crown tier set 3 doesn’t work and results in a much larger table than using the angle in tier 4 (same index numbers).  FVS-242 shows pavilion tier set 7 to be a repeat of tier 1.  I’m trying to keep track of these issues and will send out an errata sheet when I’m finished with entering the designs up on along with posting it on the digest.

Keith Wyman
PO Box 424
La Conner, WA 98257

Gemstone Faceting / Re: Fred W Van Sant Star Cuts 1-6 Wanted
« on: February 01, 2020, 05:40:43 AM »
If you want to obtain the complete works of Fred Van Sant, contact Keith Wyman who bought the rights from Jeff Graham's estate... Jeff had bought the publication rights from Van Sant's estate.

I contacted Keith via email at:

He quickly responded and I paid him $15 US via PayPal for the complete set.  I had the file downloaded within two hours of first contacting and paying Keith.

Gemstone Faceting / Re: UltraTech VL
« on: February 01, 2020, 05:02:51 AM »
I have one coming on February 8th.  I'm currently cutting with a Polymetric machine.

I haven't "handled" one, but they come highly recommended by a friend in the business.  I ordered one with the digital protractor and the dial gauge... I'm on old "dial watcher" :)

I'll take a few pics when it arrives and post some impressions after I've cut my first stone with it.

Tell Us About Yourself / Hello from Las Vegas USA
« on: February 01, 2020, 04:57:58 AM »
So, what is a guy from Las Vegas doing registering on an Aussie site?

I'm a retired engineer who has been faceting for three years.  I'm an IGS member and belong to the US Faceters Guild.  I'm here because so many great faceters come from Australia, and am a big fan of Cliff's videos on the "Vintage Time" YouTube channel.

My wife, Dana, makes/sells jewelry and I often cut pieces for her projects.  I have a Polymetric machine and have a new Ultra Tec VL machine on order... Delivery date is Feb 8th.

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