Gem Trees

Gem Trees – Jerri Heer 

Wildacres – August 20-26, 2018

This class will start with the basic skills of gem tree making, and graduate to an exploration of multiple styles and advanced design of truly beautiful and species specific trees. We will discuss and study a variety of construction methods, as well as how to plan and create our own patterns. Lab fee includes wire, leaf stones, bases and materials to make at least one small basic tree, one medium tree and one large tree. All instructions, patterns and tools will be included. A large variety of additional gemstone wire, leaf and base materials will be available for purchase.

Lab Fee: US$80

Estimated Materials Cost: US$0-150

Prerequisites: none

Jerri Heer Bio –
Jerri has been making gem trees since 1995. She fell into rockhounding and lapidary arts in the process of homeschooling her four children. The family joined the Toledo Gem and Rockhound Club and learned rock collecting, cabbing, soapstone carving, gem trees and many other lapidary arts together. Jerri took making gem trees to a completely new level, designing her own styles, patterns and techniques. She has taught beginning and advanced classes for The Michigan Geological and Gemcraft Society Rockhound Seminars for several years. Her Cherry Blossom Tree was selected by the city of Monroe, MI as a gift to their Japanese sister city Hofu. Her trees were also selected for two years as awards for the Ohio Arborist Tree Care Conference. She recently relocated to Florida, and, so far, is a member of four rock clubs.