Essentially, the title says it all:
You may attend, no guests without prior agreement. Thank you.
It will be in a cafe or restaurant on Sydney Street, Brighton, East Sussex, at about 3pm, weekdays.
You will have to get in contact at least a week beforehand, to discuss what topics you would like me to cover during this consultancy, which can be about most gemstones, but not on diamonds. Some may just need a google search to sort out: some topics may require me to do a fair bit of research beforehand.
I may have examples that I could bring along, or a couple of photographs of bits of lapidary or jewellery equipment may be needed.
This is ad hoc regarding topic and date: time and place are not subject to change.
There will be very good coffee! Possibly food too, as long as everyone picks up their own bill, me included.
........"That's not a gemstone clarity reference, it's a statement of intent, surely?"
......."I'm not sure what you're driving at there, but my name is James, stop calling me Shirly."
Yes, the humour may be random. Some topics, I'm not expecting you to know if I really understood the question until midway through paragraph three. There is a lot of detail available on a few subjects.
I find my tuition and consultancy best suited in terms of a common frame of reference, to individuals with a reasonable amount of experience in mechanical engineering, or science based postgraduates, and this is priced accordingly.
To be fair: I'm much more motivated to spend far more time to answer the difficult questions, and if it's a simple google search that's required, you're going to get that search term fairly quickly by message, or reference to a website that should be able to help.
Also, any how-to queries might get a link to the tuition I provide that covers that subject. Some tuition can not be done effectively through text or phonecall: if it's practical information you seek, I probably teach the lapidary aspect, or could arrange a technician specialist goldsmith to teach the rest in precious metals.
The consultancy session will be fast paced, and involve a large amount of information in a very short time. It is not for the faint hearted. Be warned! :)
Ok. Let's run through a few theoretical questions and answers, I'll be succinct in the response.
1) If there could be one gamechanging breakthrough in materials science that would make a huge difference to you with what you are doing right now, what would it be and why?
Answer: A rare earth magnet that attracted rubies would be really cool! Corundum is notoriously difficult to polish, due to its ability to withstand and conduct heat very quickly. An electromagnet style dop with a binary on / off would be very useful in the transfer process. Thanks. Next?
2) Any tips for brainstorming?
Answer: Yeah, the term "Lateral thinking" isn't a meme, it's the name of a book by Edward de Bono, it's like a Haynes manual about thought processes. Be careful though, it can be a bit like a visionquest involving meeting your spirit shaman, in my opinion, best done in calm, quiet surroundings, when you have a couple of days to adjust to your new view on your surroundings: also, an A4 pad and a few different colour biros are going to be needed when you attempt to try the "Po" stage of the process.
That is succinct: if you're going "wtf?", please read that book.
3) What's the most versatile and useful gem cutting or jewellery machinery you've ever owned? Where do I get one?
Answer: You've got one already: it's your body, controlled by your mind. It is the most fascinating and versatile thing on the planet, top of the food chain, and unfortunately seems to be selectively destroying vital parts of the ecosystem we inhabit for the sake of pushing digits in and out of peoples bank accounts. I'm not up for a flame war by message here: suffice to say in my workshop, all my tools are chosen for function, and that function is the form they create in precious stone or metal. If you've not had a discussion regarding prioritising form over function, or function over form, this may be waffle to you now....for some people, it's a thing worth mentioning.
Anyway, looking forward to meeting you, and addressing a few interesting points.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
1 hour (3:00pm to 4:00pm)
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