On the February 4th broadcast, we're live from the Tucson Gem Show with Sam Patania, http://patania-jewelry.ganoksin.com/blogs/, and other surprise guests. Sam Patania, as the third generation of Patania artisans, has followed very much in the footsteps of his father and grandfather before him. He began his apprenticeship at the Tucson Thunderbird Shop when he was a young teenager. For the next decade, his after-school training would be a major part of his daily routine. But Sam followed his own path, too, having sought instruction outside the traditions of the shop. In his 1977-78 school year, Sam enrolled in a jewelry-making course at Catalina High School where he explored new approaches to his craft. In 1979, he became a full-time employee of the Thunderbird Shop. To feed his desire for knowledge, he attended the University of Arizona in 1988-89, where he met jewelry instructor Michael Croft.
Sam tries to keep within the traditions with which he was raised, honoring his fathe