Well its the end of week one, and what a fantastic first week its been! This week was covering the basics, such as filing, sanding, sawing, using the flex shaft and its many attachments and some soldering - inclusing upsizing and downsizing rings. I'm pretty pleased with my progress so far, my only gripe would be that some of the ring castings we have been working on are bloody ugly! No amount of polishing, sawing or filing could make them look pretty, just less ugly.
I have made 6 fantastic new friends, Michelle, Adam, Tommy, Ryan, Penny and Lois - all of whom are really fun people - we have shared quite a few beers after class! and I'm sure we're going to share many more! As well as our instructor Blaine Lewis, who is a genius at making this stuff easy to understand, as well as being one of the best diamond setters in the US! finally, not to forget lovely Barb who runs the office - there seems to be nothing this girl does not know about Virginia Beach - sounds like Barb keeps the restaurants and bars in business! She keeps us laughing throughout the day thats for sure!