Southern Illinoisan from Carbondale, Illinois on February 3, 1974 · Page 29
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Southern Illinoisan from Carbondale, Illinois · Page 29

Carbondale, Illinois
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Sunday, February 3, 1974
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ERROR: Should be Mary Colletti. SECTION 1 1 O O Business, markets 6 and financial Carbondale-Herrln-Murphysboro Carbcndtle Herrin Murphysboro SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1974 TT CS)OULLli(SOi Rainmakers make jewelry By Jim Michels Of The Southern Iilinoisan Seldom does a person have both the means and the will power to do the things he has always wanted to. Hiree men who do have the will power and are creating their own means have banded together to open a new business on the main street of Makanda. They call their shop Rainmaker Jewelers and they specialize m the creation of hand-made jew dry. Dave Dardis, Dennis Blank enheim. and Bill Jezzard, each has some special reason of his own for opening the jewelry shop that does mostly wholesale business. Yet, in many respects their reasons are the same. Dardis explained why he decided to go into jewelry work. 'I was painting, then fell into working with leather for about a year and then I started doing renaissance fairs. We'd go in and set up camp, live in a field for about a month until the fair was over and then move to another one. "Everybody used to be working In leather. I decided it was more beneficial to work in jewelry than in leather.' Dardis, who has lived in Car- bond ale for the last five years, met Blankenheim and Jezzard at art fairs held throughout the Midwest. Blankenheim and Jezzard had known each other before when the two had lived at Milwaukee. Ihey decided to open up their business at the end of the summer to help supplement their income. Dardis said right now business Is a little slow, but he attributes that to the fact that they are relatively unknown. The threesome decided to locate in Makanda because of the 900,000 tourists that travel through Giant City Park each year. "We call ourselves rainmak-ers' because it rained at every fair we worked and one day while we were doing an indoor fair at Arlington Heights a water pipe above our heads broke," Dardis said. The men work in three different metals, bronze, silver, and gold. The prices vary accordingly. Most of their bronze jewelry ranges in price from $3 to $5. Jewelry made from silver goes anywhere from $5 to $30. Gold jewelry starts at $40 and ranges to "God only knows" with the rapidly fluctuating gold market. j The men make bracelets, ear-! rings, rings and necklaces out1 of the metal and just about anything but shoes out of leather. "We can make just about anything out di metal that someone wants to order," Jezzard said. The building in which Rainmaker Jewelry is housed does not look like a shep. The build ing is an old shipping depot t used by area fruit producers in the 1930s. It is now deteriorating across the street from the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad tracks in the middle of Makanda. A small, faded and battered sign which identifies the jewelry shop hangs at the front of the building. Hie door at tht entrance is covered with red paper so a visitor can not see what is inside until he enters. Work desks are located in the front section of the building and in the back is the sleeping quarters. Hie walls are plaster on one side and wood on the other. All three of the crew wear well-worn clothing that indicates involvement in their work. The blue flame of the oxyacetylene torches flares up brilliantly as the men labor, attempting to create a product that is at the same time both practical and beautiful. Blankenheim, busily working on a brass buckle, explained that while he has been working with metals for a long time, he got his start in arts and crafts in California in 1965. "I've been doing this all my life. My father was a machinist, my grandfather was a blacksmith. "I am competing with the rest of the buckle makers. I am doing handwork as opposed to machine casting. I get my satisfaction out of putting out a better product than most of the larger companies." "Bad eyes , zinc poisoning and tendonitis," is what Jezzard, in a moment of humor, said he cets out of working on jewelry and leather goods. "I just don't like working for somebody else," was the reason Jezzard gave for his participation in the new business. "It's easier working 60 hours a week for myself than 40 hours a week for someone else." Asked for a quick description of the process for the manufacture of the jewelry, Jezzard replied, "the flowcast technique is very similar to brazing in that you use an oxyacetylene torch and melt the bronze into whatever design you want. If somebody wants a particular design we make it, but wo like to do our own. We ft . - , ' :' i- -il - . I , i ' . y I I",, !. . V-VV ' Ml , . - ' ' -rjf'' ' I ; f ' t a " f ' -i S ' 1 i ; j r tatty' ; n. . - f ' j' f - , 4- f - ' . ' ' 1 .V. ' ' I ' - ' i' ,f j - ir i X ' . f j ;...:' r ' . f i !r 1 .. t ',! ' ' , . f . , , ir . i ' ' , . ' jj l ; , . ' ' i v. i " - - f , : p. i -v.: i ' Business News i i Scoffic 'semi-retires' Dave Dardis pounds spoon into belt buckle use a lot of shapes from nature and a lot is just unconscious, just comes into our heads as we work." Jezzard said that the investment needed to start work in the jewelry line was "fairly substantial." The craftsmen use a variety of tools to create their product. Jezzard has an air that indicates he knows what he is doing. While attaching the backing to a leather strap to be used in a belt, his hands move swiftly through the motions of putting the belt in place, spreading the glue, and then inspecting the final product to see if it is exactly the way he wants it to be. So, in a small town near the natural setting of a state park, three men in a small jewelry shop are attempting to defy the mass-production stereotypes of a consumer society. They are trying to create by their own hands something that is at the same time both unique and practical. 0 FIGS' epnone plans projects Expenditures of $3.9 million In Jackson County and $18.6 million in Williamson County for telephone service improvements are included in a 1974 construction budget announced by General Telephone Co. The company plans to begin construction of a new three- Freeman Coal story brick structure on West Monroe street in Carbonale dur ing the fourth quarter of 1974. The $7.1 million structure will house a service center, business office and additional equipment. Some of the major Williamson County projects will include ad ditional cables to carry Marion Lincoln appointed Lucian A. Lincoln, a native of Chicago, has been appointed president and chief operating officer of the Freeman Coal Mining Co., which is mining at Waltonville, and the United Electric Coal Companies, with a mine near Du Quoin. Lincoln, 47, suceeds Frank Nugent, who becomes chairman and chief executive officer of the firms. Freeman and United Electric are among the largest coal pro ducers ir the U.S., and were f merged into General Dynamics f Corp. in 1960. ! A former partner in the law j firm of Schradzke, Gould & Rat- ner, and president for three years of the Great Lakes Tow 4 1C urban and rural calls, rural line cables for Herrin customers, and additional rural pri vate lines for Creal Springs. Major projects in Jackson County include the relocation of telephone cables along Illinois 13 m anticipation of widening the highway and a new backup cable between Murphysboro and Carbondale. Cables along U.S.' 51, south of Carbondale, will be resized to meet future service requirements. Some of the existing cable in the Carbondale alley between Monroe and Walnut streets and behind businesses on South Illinois avenue will be removed and rerouted. The aerial cable located in the alley east of the company's Carbondale office will be removed and buried. Murphysboro will add $274,000 worth of equipment in various areas to meet future requirements and Grand Tower will add equipment so that rural customers will be able to have private lines. Presently rural Grand Tower subscribers have only four-party service. The village of Elkville will get one of four new switching offices to be constructed in the state by the company. Company officials say it will be the latest solid state design, permitting the touch-tone dialing for subscribers there. Other area projects include $73,000 in office equipment and $153,000 for cable in the Pinck-neyville area and a cable project near Evansville. Du Quoin recently got automatic number identification equipment that permits long distance calls without the operator. Steeleville will get similar equipment later this year. Bcrger takes new position Donald Barcer, 34. of Rt. 8, Carbondale, has left his job with thu city of Carbondale to take a superintendent's position in Villa Grove. Barger, who has worked three years in the city's wastewater department, will head Villa Grove's water and wastewater department. Lucian Lincoln ing, Co., Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has been associated with the coal companies for almost 20 years. We wish to express our most sincere appreciation to the many loyal customers who have helped these past 10 years to make the operation of our SQUIRE SHOP, Ltd. in the Murdale Shopping Center a success. Health problems made it necessary to sell the store. The new owners will as sume operation of the store Februarv 1, 1974. Don and Alice Haegc ' DARNELL HEATING early bird savings Order your central air conditioning now and save up to 10 over summer prices Phone today for a cost estimate PHONE: 997-2635 or 932-5010 701 S. LOGAN WEST FRANKFORT Colletti fo run recrion ljud iocco CoUettpf en On SIondaytR( will become the new operator of the Perfection Club, located at the intersection of U.S. 51 and Illinois 14., south of Du Quoin. For the past 39 years, the restaurant has been owned and operated by Joe Scoffic. The new operator owned Col-letti's Restaurant in Carbondale for 15 years. He sold the business in . November, 1972, and the restaurant's name was changed to The Patrician. Until 1955, the Perfection Club was called the Evening Star. In 1955, it became the Perfection Club. The club was open to every one, and everyone was w e 1- come," Scoffic said. "Giving up operation of the Perfection Club was a difficult decision to make. After so many years, the club has become a part of my life," Scoffic said. The restaurant is known for its steaks and seafood. 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