Even though I couldn’t score a job in Queenstown, I somehow managed to find work in a tiny town about 20K away called Arrowtown. This was the small hamlet that I stayed in when I first ventured into the mountains to set up living and working situations. I stayed with my friends Ed and Stephanie and took some great fall pictures.
The job I was able to land is part time….very part time, like 2 weekends a month, 8 hours a week, to break it into even more ridiculous time frame. And the even weirder part is the job itself, I am a sales clerk at a Jade (greenstone) and opal jewelry store and factory. The store is aptly named The Jade and Opal Factory
I work with the owner and his partner father who are also the sculptors. I greet people as they come in and try and answer there questions, which I usually can not, as I know nothing about jewelry. I can’t say that I fit in in a retail environment, and definitely not a jewelry store. I do my best though, and basically just sit around and work on my design work, its a very slow time for the shop at the moment….the winter.
I have talked to Lee, the owner a lot about his shop, the tools he uses, and how to work the stone. Its interesting since I love woodworking and its close to the same process and tools except he has to use diamond cutting blades and dental tool grinding bits to sculpt with since the greenstone is one point harder than tensile steel.
They do some beautiful work, take a look: