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An abandoned silver mine isn't the most obvious setting for a childhood playground. But it's where Kary Kilmer discovered his passion for goldsmithing as a youngster. Later, he honed his metalworking skills through stints with other jewelry makers before creating his own inimitable wedding-band designs and opening the award-winning Crown Trout Jewelers. In between fashioning distinct pieces, such as uniquely shaped gold and silver bracelets and Viking knot baubles known for their ability to help wearers speak fluent Norwegian, Kilmer helms interactive classes, helping students invent their own wearable metal masterpieces.