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Who's Who at Wooden Skate

Gary Durow: His name is synonymous with Wooden Skate. A native of Saginaw, Michigan, he earned his B.A. in Business (major in retailing) and a Master's in Education, both from Michigan State University. From 1968 to 1973 he worked in Michigan public schools, teaching wood shop, business and career guidance. Although his official work changed from teacher to retailer when he opened Wooden Skate, he never stopped teaching. His retail approach focused on educating the consumer, and he has shared his knowledge of antiques, jewelry, and gems through various publications, adult education classes, speeches to community groups, in-store seminars, and over 20 years of antiques and jewelry call-in radio programs.

As an Alumnus of the Gemological Institute of America, and an experienced estate jeweler, his expertise is widely recognized by insurance companies, attorneys and the trust departments of major banks. In his evolution from antique dealer to President of a multi-faceted corporation, he has traveled to the gem and antique districts of six continents and over 30 countries.

He is excited by the ability of the Internet to bring the world to his business and vice versa. Email questions for Gary to

Tom (Goldsmith) -- Tom is one of the finest jewelry craftsmen in the nation. He has over 35 years of experience working on hard-to-do antique and heirloom jewelry, in addition to superior workmanship on more contemporary settings. Tom handles both routine and specialized needs for jewelry maintenance, repairs and remounts.

He also hand-casts the Wooden Skate Classic Royalty -- a series of rare antique-style rings/settings available only from us. 

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