David  Bergquist

Dave has always had an interest in minerals and fossils. After retirement, he joined the Rock Club in Fort Walton Beach, FL, where he began to develop a variety of lapidary skills. He started taking classes at William Holland and Wild Acres in 2007. Although many lapidary skills were enjoyable, cabochons quickly became his favorite. Soon he had a basement full of grinders, laps and polishers, and too many rocks to store neatly. He and his wife, Sandra, started a small lapidary and jewelry business selling out of their home, on the Internet and at art and craft shows. Wanting to foster enthusiasm for his craft in others, he eventually started teaching lapidary at home, in his club and at William Holland. David treats each cab as an object of art, attempting to develop and present the unique patterns and colors of each stone to obtain the most interesting and pleasing result. Because his enthusiasm for lapidary is infectious, Davids classes are always entertaining and rewarding for beginners and old hands alike.

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Cabochons I - David Bergquist
This course includes the fundamentals of material selection, orientation, shaping and polishing of a variety of stones. Students will learn safety and proper use of lapidary equipment. They will learn to form standard, template cabochons, first with a softer stone and then with a harder stone. After the first two cabs, students will learn a variety of shapes and freeform techniques using their own materials or slabs purchased from the instructor. Students will learn to maximize the potential of each cab by tailoring
orientation, size, and shape to the unique properties of each stone. Custom shapes for specific jewelry applications will also be explored. After competence in cutting single stones is achieved, students will be introduced to composite cabochons. Lab fee includes instruction pamphlet, sharp shooter pen, glue, display box and material for the first two cabs. Materials cost will depend on the amount and type of material purchased.

Lab Fee: $25.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$60
Prerequisites: None

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