I have been doing some mining and have quite a bit of rough to
work with but want to make sure that I buy the right equiptment
before I get started. I have a lot of info on cutting but really
need a hands on to feel good about it.
I appreciate that you would like to spend time learning in your own
region of the country. However, there are three opportunities for
picking up the knowledge you will need prior to purchasing the
requisite equipment - and they are all a distance from you.
From the Orchid archives you can look up regarding
Wildacres and the William Holland School. The third opportunity takes
place during a three-day weekend in August each year in Flint
Michigan. The Midwest Faceter's Guild hosts an annual training event
geared towards someone coming into faceting for the first time. In
the main class room, there are roughly 25+ or so machines of every
make, model and vintage. You will then be afforded the option of
trying out most every machine on the market.
In the scheme of training venues, this is a very inexpensive
weekend. If this interests you.... you can contact the current
president for more specific He is Tyler Miller and can
be reached here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spectral Gems, Inc.
Rare Gems - Precision Faceting
Royal Oak, Michigan