This is a review of Copper Etching kid's summer camp. This was a great way to spend a free week of my summer. You can make things from bookmarks and rings to bracelets and necklaces, and also a few of your own nick-knacks. You learn how to use things such as jewelry saws, torches, a rolling mill, and others. I look forward to taking other camps here. I would also like there to be a stone setting camp!
Bill Fretz began teaching himself jewelry his junior year in high school, followed by four years of jewelry and silversmithing training with Hans Christiansen at the School For American Craftsmen at R.I.T in Rochester New York. After graduating in 1969 with high honors, Bill was an instructor at The Cleveland Institute of Art under Fred Miller and John Paul Miller. It was the beginning of hammer and stake regrinding that would later lead to tool design.
Opening his first workshop in 1970 in St. Peters, Pa., Bill and his wife Marian, started a retail jewelry business. They moved to Kennebunkport, Maine in 1974, the same year both were in the World Silver Show in Mexico City. Recently, with three grants from the Maine Technology Institute, Bill first designed a set of miniature stakes for jewelers, followed by a line of hammers based on silversmithing scaled for jewelry.
The family tradition continues with their son, Jordan, who manufactures the hammer line in his workshop in Vietnam. Currently, Bill and Marian Fretz are designing their work in Bucksport, Maine.