Who am I? My name is Stuart Schmitt. I retired from the Navy in 1988 after 24 years as a fighter pilot and test pilot. My wife, Sandy, and I sold everything we owned and traveled around the country in a motor home for a couple years before settling down in our home near Mount Ida, Arkansas. I enjoy exploring the unknown and discovering new things. Digging and cleaning crystal provides an endless opportunity to fulfill this desire. You probably didn't land on this web site wanting to know my background, but if you're interested in knowing why an ex-egotistical fighter pilot is in the crystal business, it's all right here.
Crystal ShopI had to do something to get my crystal out of the garage. So I thought, "I need to salvage some wood to build a crystal shop." The next morning I was having breakfast at Shangri La, when the owner asked me if I knew of anyone who would like to tear down an old house. I knew my thought had manifested into an opportunity. The house was built in the 1920's and all the walls were beautiful, old growth, 1"x12" rough cut pine. It took three months to salvage the lumber and build my crystal shop. It was a labor of love and the old wood really appreciated a new life.
Crystal VideoIn 2010 a reporter made a video about the crystal business in Arkansas for the Chinese bureau of Voice of America (VOA). The video is good but it would help if you could speak Chinese. I was the main star in the video and you can see it on Youtube here.
I ship by USPS. I can get about 2 pounds in a small flat rate box for $7.15 and about 20 pounds in the medium flat rate box for $13.60. The USPS Priority Mail International Flat Rate Box shipping cost varies by location.