Why I Love The Rio Grande Catalog(s)

by laurie jane kern on October 3, 2009

I have not written much in the past few weeks because I have been down with the Flu. Luckily it has not been the H1N1 but this one certainly has made me sick for almost 3 weeks with chills, fevers, sore throat, loss of voice, stuffed head, aches and extreme tiredness.

Yesterday I felt well enough to  actually venture into my office cum studio where I did a bit of organizing and putting things away. I then found last years Rio Grande catalog which I proceeded to rip apart.  Despite the fact that I want one of EVERYTHING, I love the catalog because of the information boxes spattered through out the catalog.

When a new catalog arrives my husband, who gets the mail, holds it out towards me teasingly and says “Ohh, look what I have for you!”   I usually then sit down in my favorite reading chair with the catalog and literally read the catalog from cover to cover and put post-it notes everywhere as if it was the Sears Christmas edition.   Soon afterwards, I usually take the old catalog and cut out the information boxes and tape them into the (current) idea book I am using.  This is information to keep handy as you never know when you might need it.

I know,  you think I am crazy but some of the information I have placed into my book has been useful during workshops I have taken.  For example, I have the ring comparison chart taped in my book. This chart not only has a guide to convert between the US, UK, French, German, and Swiss systems, the chart also gives the inside diameter and circumference measurements.  I was in a ring class several months ago and another student knew their ring size but wanted to know how long to cut the half round wire we were using for the shank. I was able to whip out book, locate the ring chart and show her.

Here is just some of the information that you can get out of the catalog:

  • Gauge Thickness
  • Weight and Measurement Conversions
  • Saw Blade Specs
  • Ring Size Comparison Chart
  • What Type of Hammer to Use
  • The Language of Buffing
  • Buff and Compound Selection Guide
I hope you take a good look at your catalog the next time and save these tidbits.
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Kristin November 9, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Good advice! I’m going to have to do this from now on!

Diane October 4, 2009 at 5:43 pm

I love Rio’s info boxes too and have cut them out for reference. You know how old we are because we remeber the Sears Wish Book.

Michael Sabo October 3, 2009 at 10:06 pm

I, too, am a catalog, real book… tangible person. I also sit and relish the new one marveling over this and that, but paying attention and “filing away in my head” many of your above points. I remember as a kid, always having $10.00 allotted for each to pick out a Christmas present and literally devouring the Montgomery Wards, Penny’s, and Sears catalogs… carries over to the present. Nice thoughtful, well written piece…. peace.

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