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Let me tell you About Us. Our names are Tim and Carol Costin. We’ve been in North Carolina since 1997. We have 2 wonderful children. One studying to be a lawyer and the other is just starting college in the computer field. We also have two dogs, Sophie and Rocky, and a cat, Rascal.

We started on this crazy adventure in 2005. Before that we were both in the IT field. Carol is still in the field but I, as luck would have it, was laid off on Valentines Day 2002. That’s when I started my career in Real Estate.

Not long after this career change Carol’s Mom passed away. She was extremely depressed, as you can imagine. So to cheer her up, I took her to a Log Home Expo in Raleigh. There we saw a man demonstrating a high speed hand tool he used to carve designs into egg shells, wood and etch on glass. Carol was quite taken by this. So, I went ahead…

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Let me tell you About Us. Our names are Tim and Carol Costin. We’ve been in North Carolina since 1997. We have 2 wonderful children. One studying to be a lawyer and the other is just starting college in the computer field. We also have two dogs, Sophie and Rocky, and a cat, Rascal.

We started on this crazy adventure in 2005. Before that we were both in the IT field. Carol is still in the field but I, as luck would have it, was laid off on Valentines Day 2002. That’s when I started my career in Real Estate.

Not long after this career change Carol’s Mom passed away. She was extremely depressed, as you can imagine. So to cheer her up, I took her to a Log Home Expo in Raleigh. There we saw a man demonstrating a high speed hand tool he used to carve designs into egg shells, wood and etch on glass. Carol was quite taken by this. So, I went ahead and purchased the tool for her, thinking it would be great for her to have something to do to take her mind off her troubles. Carol has been doing craft work since she was a little girl so it was not a big stretch for her to pick this up. She’s really the one with all the talent when it comes to design.

At that point I said “Hey, what about me?” Feeling a little left out, I wanted to have some fun too. So Carol agreed that if I found something I wanted to do to go for it. That was a big mistake. I dug into research like crazy. That’s when I found etched and carved glass. It was love at first sight.

That’s when I found Norm and Ruth Dobbins. They were doing a seminar at one of the trade shows in Charlotte, NC. We attended, met Norm and Ruth, and decided right then and there this is what I wanted to do. I scheduled a class with them and off I went to New Mexico. I’ll tell you that story another time. To say I had a great time is an understatement. Carol was not happy that she couldn’t go due to work commitments. However, I came home and proceeded to teach Carol everything I learned. She picked it up right away and is very good at it, I must say.

That’s where my etching career started. Other than being trained by Norm and Ruth Dobbins, we are heavily influenced by Butch Young, another well respected artist in this business. We plan to attend another class at Alianto School in October 2008. We’re going to learn how to add color to our etched and carved pieces.

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