James is a very patient teacher, who demonstrates and explains each step. I enjoyed learning how to cut and polish a cabuchon amethyst. I am thinking about faceting lessons with James now.... Watch this space!
I myself give thumb up on this course from James. Nice man with good knowledge on lapidary arts of cutting. Giving yourself experience to playing around with gemstone cutting. You will end up making that stone yourself of cos with the master Yoodaa instructing you.
Instead wondering around on the internet for answers, is quicker try it yourself and bring home knowledge that you will pride for.
Response from Treasureworks:Thank you Peter! It was a pleasure meeting you and you were an awesome student, a pleasure to instruct.
I was a complete novice and I am not really technically minded at all (for example, I did not know what a Dremel was!), but James was very patient and he explained everything very thoroughly. I came away with a good understanding of what equipment I would need and how I would go about producing a cabuchon. I was also pleased to learn that the cabuchon which I had produced would be posted to me.
Had a really great time with James, he is a fantastic teacher and very knowledgeable about the craft. As someone with no lapidary experience whatsoever I learned a lot from my first session in a very chilled out environment. This course gives you the opportunity to get hands on in such a niche field, and at the end of the process you get a lovely cabochon to take home! Can't recommend enough.
Had this course two days after my cabochon lesson and again it was satisfying and a lot of fun, as well as teaching me a lot about the process. I faceted a clear topaz which James had got started for me - there's a lot more to faceting than cabbing, but James is a fantastic teacher and goes through the whole process step by step. He's full of good advice and it was in a very relaxed environment, working at your own pace which makes it a lot easier to absorb all the information. Would definitely recommend this for anyone who is curious about faceting as it really helps to have an experienced teacher. I may be back for the standard round brilliant in the future!
Another amazing afternoon spent with James. This was a longer workshop (nearly 5 hours) than the previous one I booked but the time flew by. James began by explaining how and why I'd be working on the gemstone (a Citrine), and off we went. We stopped throughout the afternoon to disucsss how things were going and how I had to got to each stage and what was to come, and knocked back mugs of coffee as we went.
I left the workshop having facetted an amazing little pale Citrine cut in a square (cant' remember the technical term for it's shape) and a smile across my face. As with the previous workshop I had to leave the gemstone with James so that it could be de-glued from the dop. I returned the next day to collect my gem which was presented a little case and I was absolutley delighted with the result.
I would thoroughly recommend this workshop, and whether you do this and the cabochon one or not, they are both superb and worth every penny.
What an amazing experience. James is such a laid back and generous teacher. I learnt an incredible amount in the afternoon I spent with him and he then made himself available the following day so that the gem could be soaked off and I could return and collect it at leisure.
I would totally recommend this workshop for anyone with zero skills or more as there is just so much to learn and it's a really chilled experience.