Willie A Shaffer, John’s father, was a Chemical Engineer for the B F Goodrich Tire and Chemical Company for 50 years. He worked for the Chemical Division in Cleveland Ohio. One day Willie started a hobby called “Lapidary Arts”. He cut different shapes out of stones and minerals. He then polished and placed them in settings. He made necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings. He started out by giving his creations away as gifts, and selling them to his friends. In 1977 Willie started his own business and named it "The Rock Seller". It started out in the cellar of his home. In 1978 he taught me how to cut stones and minerals. I helped him with his business until I joined the United States Air Force as a firefighter in 1986. In 1990 I separated from the military and became a civilian full time firefighter. In 2011, I retired from the Somersworth Fire Department. I was a firefighter for 24 years. In 1988 I met my wife Barb. She works as a CHPNA for Amedisys Hospice at The Hyder Family Hospice House. She has been doing hospice work for 9 years. We presently reside in the New England area. New England is a beautiful area. Unfortunately in September of 2006, Willie passed away unexpectedly. At that time, Barb and I decided we wanted to keep the “Lapidary Arts” tradition in the family.
We started our own business in January of 2007. We named it "Inner Earth Creations". We went out and registered our name and purchased equipment to set up our own lapidary shop. We then started creating our own line of jewelry. We named this business "In Memory of Willie A Shaffer"(July 29, 1935 – September 22, 2006). We started creating necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Along with creating "Lapidary Jewelry", we also create a wide variety of genuine seaglass and beachstone jewelry and use genuine "Sterling Silver". Beachstone Lamps, Bottlestoppers, Granite Clocks, and Professional Engraving are also additions to our company. All of our Bottlestoppers are created on "Food Grade Stainless Steel" to prevent corrosion. We engrave on granite, glass, wood, and slate and have many fonts to choose from. We can personalize any plaque or clock for any special occasion. All of our stands, frames and shadow boxes are hand crafted out of hard woods. We have been officially authorized to print the “IAFF” logo for the International Association of Fire Fighters. We donate 10% of IAFF sales to the “National Burn Foundation”.
Barb and I really enjoy making all of our different products. We have our jewelry and fine arts in local stores around the seacoast. We also sell our jewelry and fine arts at craft fairs, rock & mineral shows, and on line. We hope that if you purchase one of our products, you will enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it. SINCERELY, BARB & JOHN SHAFFER