HARRY SMITH, 79, KNOWS HIS WAY OF WINDOWING ISN’T FOR EVERYONE.
He’s got a large head and wide-open eyes, and a beard that stretches over his face.
His wife, Barbara, has a smaller head, a mop of hair and a more sallow complexion.
He also has a tattoo of a bird and a lightning bolt, and he wears glasses with an eagle on them.
But Mr. Smith, who owns an office in central Ohio, has been doing his own thing for almost 20 years, honing his craft at home, in a small shop near his home in Warrensburg, Ohio.
He started his career as a plumber, and then moved to a job in the construction industry.
Mr. Snyder, who retired from the construction business, has since built up a collection of antique rings and jewelry that he’s displayed at thrift stores and other retail outlets.
He sells them in his shop for about $2,000.
“I’ve been lucky in the past, because the jewelry industry has been really good,” Mr. Jones said.
Mr Jones has worked for a long time to become a certified jeweler, and his customers can tell from his customers’ reactions that he is an expert.
When Mr. Gates first met Mr. Johnson, he said, he thought he might be a magician.
“But he’s really good at recognizing people,” Mr Gates said.
“He’s like a second father to me.”
The business has grown into a hobby, with Mr. Schwartz selling about 60,000 rings a year, and Mr. McDonough selling about 2,000, he added.
“They get really big,” Mr McDonagh said.
Some customers buy rings with a message, for example, “I love you.”
Other customers may buy rings to remember a loved one, Mr. Jackson said.
For the most part, though, he says he is buying rings for sentimental reasons.
He said the ring market is a mix of older, less well-off customers who may be retiring, and younger, more affluent customers who might be thinking about having children, or perhaps buying an engagement ring.
He has seen his own rings get better quality and durability, he explained.
“And it’s not a question of how many rings you have,” Mr Jackson said, “but how well they’re made.”
When the ring maker, Mr Schwartz’s own company, made rings for a friend’s wedding, Mr Snyder said, they received “very good feedback.”
A few weeks after Mr. Eisenbach’s wedding and after Mr Johnson bought a ring for his wife, Mr Jones got another ring.
The ring came in a different color and a different size.
It came from a company called Ring Master, and it had a beautiful blue and green design.
Mr Mcdonagh said he is sure Mr Schwartz is one of the ring makers who gets to make the perfect ring for a client.
“If he gets to sell his own design, then it’s going to be a very good ring,” Mr Jones said, adding that he hopes Mr Schwartz continues to do that.
He added that Mr Schwartz should be able to keep his business going by making rings for his own customers, who don’t necessarily have the money to buy a new ring.
Mr Snyder says he hasn’t paid Mr Schwartz for his rings, but he’s sure the business is not his only source of income.
“It’s a pretty healthy business,” he said.
And he says Mr Schwartz has helped him become the man he always wanted to be.
“The way he works, the way he treats people, it’s a blessing,” Mr Snyder added.
The man who is now 80 says he will miss Mr. Siegelman when he dies, but for the most of the past few decades, Mr Siegel, who was born in the United States, has worked in his spare time to help people.
He is now the owner of his own business, and is working on his 80th anniversary this year.
“Every day he works on his business,” Mr Sigeholz said.