Brad Smith is a studio jeweler, lapidary, and jewelry instructor in Santa Monica, CA. Over the last 15 years, his classes have introduced hundreds of students to the challenge and the fun of making their own jewelry.His jewelry tips are posted several times a week on the Facebook BenchTips page and appear each month in about 200 newsletters in six countries. His jewelry techniques books have received praise from the Florida Society of Goldsmiths, the Society of Midwest Metalsmiths, and the Australian Facetors Guild. Brad's background includes 30 years in a career of manufacturing automation, machine tools, and CAD/CAM software plus the practical experience of building several jewelry shops, his own house, announcing horse shows, and operating a family horse farm. He is President of the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club and a member of the Metal Arts Society of Southern California.