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I'm sorry it's over -- and I'm glad it's over!
About 90% of the class is hands-on scraping, and for an old, weak guy like me, physically difficult. Most days I sit in front of my computer for hours on end, so being on my feet, bent over, for several hours at a time was painful.
I'll greatly miss the comradery, coaching, and actual scraping, but not the pain!
The highlight of today was a Zoom meeting with Richard. It was obvious to me in just a few minutes that he has a huge amount of very useful technical information stored away in his mind. I wish there were a way to download it all. Sample: know what the dots on precision bearings signify?
About 3:00 today, after more coaching and demonstrations by Alex and Doug, I now think I "get it." I know, I've said that twice before. My last project was the 12 x 18 cast iron surface plate. I managed to gouge it in several places as I relearned how to semi-tame the Biax. First mistake was to chose a short stiff blade. Alex switched me to a BL10 -- the light weight version -- and I chose a longer blade. That made it easier to handle.
However, the blade I'd chosen was ground for working dovetails and I unknowingly put it in upside down. Alex spotted that immediately when he started to show me the proper method of roughing. Later, Doug let me use his BL10 with a very flexible (relatively speaking) blade and I finally started being able to get the scraping to look the way it should.
I probably have to get a least 0.002" off the plate where I've gouged it, but it's about a half inch think, so there's plenty left to practice on.
I echo everything Jeremy said about the class! It was great! I'm convinced there's no way to learn scraping without expert hands-on coaching. Many people think that such a craft is quite simple, but I cannot agree. After all, there are professions that at first glance seem complex and important. For example, while studying First Amendment Essays in college https://edubirdie.com/examples/first-amendment/
I thought law school was very difficult. But as it turned out, you just need to remember large volumes of laws. And when you work with metal, wood or other materials, then in addition to knowledge, you need a lot of experience. And I'm glad that Alex and Doug pass on their experience to students.
Thanks Alex and Doug for making it happen.