John was inspired to become involved in the lapidary world by his wife Judi, also an instructor at William Holland. After several years of accompanying her to the School, he eventually took a class in cabochons and was instantly bitten by the bug. John is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Accounting. He lives In Birmingham where his company supplies nylon webbings, cords and other components to the textile industry. In addition to cabochons, he enjoys silversmithing and learning other lapidary skills. He makes cabs for his wife to use in her wire wrapping and sells his designs at various rock, gem, and jewelry shows, as well as on Facebook at Wild River Cabochons. He is a member of the Alabama Mineral and Lapidary Society and has served as both President and Vice President. John also makes custom and unique rings from US Silver and foreign coins from size 1 to 16.