Ernie Neal has been doing jewelry repair for 28 years.
“I was a former Marine. I got out and trained under the GI bill with my uncle,” said Neal.
He is a third-generation jeweler, with the tradition starting with his grandfather.
He started out as a boilermaker, which he said was feast or famine — mostly famine.
“This just seemed the most lucrative easy way to make a living,” he said.