How important is learning to set stones? No matter your age or
country..'Learning is a lifelong experience'. As for 'this setter', I'm
still learning new rules & setting techniques. One thing to remember, that
my essays are still so very important. These are 5 generations in the
making, you are the recipients of so many decades of writing & practicing
and past setters.
Imagine this, you are getting my essays from me!..Then these were taught
to me over 55 years ago. My setter/instructor learned his trade in London,
England back in 1940's..his teacher learned his apprenticeship in Ireland
circa 1920's, then his teacher was taught way back in the early 1900's.
Basically, nothing has changed, to a point. we now have the fantastic CAD.
You still have to learn to set stones, understanding the techniques of
Bright-Cutting. Each & everyone of 'us' had to go through the important
process of learning to use a simple graver..Don't think that CAD will
overstep many of the setting skills, you must still learn the principles of
setting....*then you will fully understand that CAD & setting, are both a