American Labor: John Henry

This Labor Day we Salute John Henry,  a  real “Steel Drivin’ man”, and real-life hero.

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As much as we usually like Wikipedia, John Henry was not a folk-lore creation, but a real-life hero.

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We like our hero’s  for their strength and determination in the face of adversity.

John Henry was a real American hero.

Fresh Supplies for your Labor Day Projects

Just in time for Labor Day projects,  Dusti received a fresh shipment of  consumables, and they are out all out on the floor.  E6000, GS Hypo Cement, Soft Flex (in a variety of sizes), Silk beading thread (in a variety of sizes and colors.) and some new Tools. 

Yes, these may seem like mundane items to mention, but, dang it, just when you have a minute to sit down and work on a “you” project,  you discover that you’re out of one of the basics.  And all of the shops are closed. 

BDC will be OPEN All Weekend, but, like many other shops, we’ll be Closed on Monday, for the Labor Day Holiday.



Fresh, New, Faceted Semi-Precious Beads

It’s a bit of a misnomer to call these Semi-Precious beads  “Fresh” & “New.”  The truth is that they are millions of years old.   But these beads are freshly cut and faceted and then whisked by bicycle to our shop while they are still warm……

Nope.  That’s no exactly true either. 

What is true is that they just arrived in our shop, filling holes in our inventory that you folks have been requesting, and were brought to us by one of our best suppliers.


2 mm to 4 mm, including  (In approximate order:)

Pink Peruvian Opal,


Blue Lace Agate,





Mixed Stone – Amazonite,


Ruby Zoisite,




Dark Labradorite,

Black Spinel. 


No matter how old these Semi-Precious beads really are, they are sure to brighten up your

“New Project.”

(And, yes, a stone never tells it’s real age.  😆 )




David V. Horste Lapidary Videos

David is bringing samples from his Bloodstone stash to BDC this Friday & Saturday.

Here he shows some samples:




In addition, David is bringing some Astrophyllite.  Here is a short video showing some examples: 



This was the first time I’d seen these stones, and I was blown away.  Totally Cool.

What I did with Janu Gems: Dusti’s Design


What unique treasures can you create with beading? 

Here is an example of a stunning necklace and matching earrings that Dusti created from two simple strands she found at Janu Gems Trunk Show this past weekend.  Abalone & Amethyst, combined with Sterling Silver Chain and a Toggle.   

It’s not complicated.  And we can help you, too.



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