Today was the first day of a Three Day Stone Setting Workshop, given
by Gerry Lewy, at Whaley Studios San Diego.
The first lesson was on Flush Setting, on a scale of 1-10, Gerry
Lewy, rates this as perhaps a 6.5 to 7 in difficulty. The
on technique was very well delivered and extensive. A lot
of ground was covered before the first attempt by a student to Flush
Set happened. Before this class ended, each one of us managed to
Flush Set a Stone, YES!!!
The format, was very conducive to learning. Gerry is a very patient
teacher, and handled every question with grace. Whether Gerry was
demonstrating, or one of the students trying, every step was
explained, and passed among students to Loupe and Look. This was
reinforced learning to the nth degree.
We each enjoyed one on one instruction, and every one of us
benefitted from round table critiquing. This was non threatening,
totally supportive, and made for an excellent method of reinforced
Gerry went deep into Graver use, angles, sharpening. He shared with
us, the result of his ever so many years of setting experience,
insofar as making positive suggestions of what would benefit us, and
what was not really necessary. We got strong education on Burs,
Files, and a variety of Sand Papers. An excellent overview of what
to avoid in setting faceted stones.
There was a very high student satisfaction level, and every one of
us look forward to the next two days. I already knew from a friend
who had taken Gerry’s Workshop in Ventura County at Jennifer
Friedman’s, that the value was there and the quality high.
It was a pleasure to meet Gerry Lewy, after the many years of online
friendship we shared. I am very happy to be in his class, and know
the benefits are there for sure.
Keep tuned for Days 2 & 3.