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about the artist - Joe Intili
Life & Death Joe Intili was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1944. He moved to Arizona at the age of 31 and there began to develop his considerable talent for carving. Most of Joe's early work was done in turquoise, a highly commercial stone abundant in the Southwestern United States. Between 1982 and '83 Joe initiated and completed his first fire agate carvings... a collection of twenty pieces which he sold immediately to a local collector. Since then, Joe and Bob Beaudry have developed a close working relationship as they continue to develop the stored rough resources of Fire Agate International. Of the 20 or so rough stones provided him each month, Intili says on average only one or two are ever fully developed as either gem grade cabochons or carvings. When describing the process of his work, which is done in his home studio, Joe says it can take up to 20 hours just to polish a single stone. Joe continues to live in Tucson with his eleven year old daughter .
Contact                                                           FIRE AGATE CARVINGS BY JOE

Bob Beaudry c/o
Fire Agate International
P.O. Box 32140
Tucson, Arizona  85751