He loved slabbing, cutting and polishing cabochons. Of course, there wasn't an instruction manual to be found for any of the equipment, and with grandpa no longer around to ask, I had questions. Lots of questions...you know, like "what the heck is this?" Or "how does this thing work?" And, "where do I start?" It took a long time of staring longingly at the equipment and supplies before I just jumped in and went for it. I have to admit, it's still a bit intimidating, and I still see areas to improve in my cutting (girdles and flat spots for example) but it's a great feeling to pop a finished cab off a dop stick!
It's also empowering to use grinders, saws, torches and power tools and have a finished piece of jewelry to show for it. Look for new stuff in my shop soon!