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Polishing Stones at Memorial Hospital's Personal Care Home
Jan Behrend, center, of TJB Designs, New Albany recently visited the Personal Care Home of Memorial Hospital in
Towanda. Lulu Robbins, left, and Clara Hauser, right, enjoyed learning about the art of polishing stones.
Jan's primary craft is lapidary work. This involves the slabbing, grinding to shape and size and polishing
of stones. Jan works with glass, wood, shells, pearls, ceramic, acrylic as well as semi-precious stones and
sterling silver wire for wrapping. Jan's lapidary machine consists of six wheels, two are for grinding and
four are for polishing. Jan took a piece of native stone from Sugar Run, ground and polished one side and
passed it around so the residents could see and feel the difference. Jan also passed around some jewelry
she made. In each box she placed a piece of the stone, before grinding and polishing, so the residents
could compare the rough stone with the finished product. Jan is a member of the Craftsmen of the Endless
Mountains. CEM holds three outdoor shows each summer at the old train station in Dushore and the Flaming
Foliage Show in Forksville.
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November 6, 2012
Contact: Jeff Russell 268-2444