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Cartoon: Tricks of the Trade Are Sometimes Pitfalls

The jeweler gets carried away now and then.

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Catch "The Jeweler" twice each month on INSTORE Online. The creator of "The Jeweler" comic, Tim Searfoss, is a bench jeweler at Arney Guess Goldsmith in Chattanooga, TN. In his spare time, he sells his art in various forms (even including iPhone skins) at pistolfury.com.

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