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Margie & Bill Lombard are a husband and wife team that spans over 70 years of combined metal smithing.
Working in their home studio, they are inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds them. The old rock walls, twisted vines, the simple beauty in a flower, a deer walking through the fields, the birds at the feeder.
This path all started after Bill graduated from Cornell in the early 70's and worked for the university as a lab technician. As a hobby he cut stones and then learned how to set them. This life altering step introduced him to becoming a craftsman, a journey he has lived with a passion ever since.
Thirty something years ago Margie was recovering from a fractured wrist. To get back wrist rotation following the healing process, Bill put a pair of jeweler's pliers in her hands and gave her some wire to bend. She never returned to her previous profession of Nursing.
Though primarily self-taught, they have studied over the years with Master Jewelers, taking numerous workshops at Horizons Craft Center in Amherst, Massachusetts: Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, New Jersey and The North Country Studio Conference at Bennington College in Vermont. Annually they search the Gem & Mineral Shows in Tucson, Arizona and hand select the stones, fossils, pearls and beads used along with Sterling and 14K Gold in their hand fabricated, original designs.