The goldsmith, Ms. Tiki Carpenter (or L.T. Carpenter) is a native Coloradoan. She first became a silversmith in Colorado and worked in a silversmithing and Indian Jewelry shop boasting one of the finest collections of Indian Jewelry in the nation. Ms. Carpenter apprenticed with a dozen Native Americans who bestowed upon here the name "Fire Squaw" once she became an accomplished silversmith. Here an understanding of Indian Jewelry and Southwestern style Jewelry, how it is made and how to repair it was mastered.
Next, several years were spent in California acquiring fine goldsmithing skills while working at San Marcos Towne Jewelers, Weck's of Escondido, and a couple of years doing contracts of gold manufacturing for a "Trader" in diamonds, precious gems, and manufacturer of gold jewelry. While in California, she was nominated for and published in Who's Who in California for outstanding accomplishments in the arts.
After acquiring skills in goldsmithing, she moved to Portland Oregon where she became a Certified Diamond-Setter at Ray Schow's School of Diamond-Setting. There she also studied casting, metal-work, and electroforming with two other resident pioneers in these fields. She then resumed work for awhile in California.
In 1983 she returned to her beloved Colorado. Since her return, she has owned and operated Carpenters' Jewelry Originals and Goldcrafters. During her tenure in Colorado, she also maintained a successful mail-order line, was twice nominated and published in Who's Who, won an industry award, and was featured in several cover page articles.
Tiki also has an avid interest in prospecting. She is currently involved in a project for a national treasure hunting association. Teaming with her beloved associate, accomplished geologist Mr. John S. Williams, they act as host and tour guides on field trips to La Plata Canyon, Colorado providing geological and historical information.
Tiki was nominated and included in Who's Who in America for outstanding public perormances leading the elderhostel mining and history tours developed up La Plata Canyon. She was billed as an 'on-site consultant' or 'on-site presenter' or 'Southwest Adventure companion' for local mining histories of archelogical sites.