As a well known jewelry maker and teacher, Bradford M. Smith has been featured on
national radio and local television. He is a frequent guest speaker for rock and mineral clubs.
His articles are featured monthly in over 200 newsletters in six countries.
He has written for Jewelry Artist Magazine, has been featured in Rock & Gem Magazine,
and is the author of
Bench Tips For Jewelry Making and
Broom Casting for Creative Jewelry .
Raised in Reading, Massachusetts, Smith has led a wildly divergent life.
His early professional career with the U.S. Navy and the Department of Commerce
focused on manufacturing automation technology where computers
are used to control machines and robots to produce industrial parts.
He chaired the Industrial Automation Planning Panel of the
American National Standards Institute and led the US IGES/PDES project of
240 companies that developed ways to share manufacturing data.
Smith created and led a committee of the International Standards Organization with 18 countries
to standardize the exchange of digital product data needed in the normal course of business.
The IGES and
that resulted from these projects are now widely used in the aircraft,
automotive, and heavy equipment industries worldwide.
He was instrumental in writing numerous industry and government publications and has
presented workshops and speeches in twelve countries.
While his work environment was highly technical, his home life was not. With his family he built and managed
Whimsey Hill Farm in rural Virginia. The farm's other occupants, his wife's horses, cats, dogs,
and even a cow, were a constant test of his patience and problem-solving abilities.
In addition to farming their own hay, Smith and his wife ran a dozen horse shows each year,
one of which was a five-day affair with over a 1000 competitors.
The couple was frequently featured in equestrian-related magazines, newspapers, and
Smith says the contrast between the farm and the technology gave him the best of both worlds.
In fact, he has written a memoir about that time in his life titled
Horsing Around -
How 26 Rescue Horses, 12 Cats, 10 Dogs, and a Cow Plus 2 Suburban Teenagers Made Me A Better Human.
Currently living in Los Angeles, California, Smith discovered rock-hounding
in the desert. A long-time member of the
Culver City Rock Club,
he has taught lapidary skills, led field trips, organized the club's
annual gem shows, and presently serves as club President.
During six years as a studio jeweler he began teaching small workshops on soldering and casting.
After earning a formal State Teaching Credential in 2002, he taught
"Advanced Jewelry" classes in the Adult Education Department of the
Los Angeles school system.
Then in 2009, he was invited to design and built a new jewelry facility at the
Santa Monica Adult Education Center where he continues to
combine his creative side with his technical and shop abilities to run popular classes.