John  Wild

John was inspired to become involved in lapidary world by his wife Judi, also an instructor at William Holland. After several years of accompanying her to the School, he eventually took a class in cabochons and was instantly bitten by the bug. John is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Accounting. He lives In Birmingham where his company supplies nylon webbings, cords and other components to the textile industry. In addition to cabochons, he enjoys silversmithing and learning other lapidary skills. He makes cabs for his wife, Judi, to use in her wire wrapping designs and sells his designs at various rock, gem, and jewelry shows. He is a member of the Alabama Mineral and Lapidary Society and serves as Vice President.

Class List

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Cabochon I - John Wild
This class is not just for the beginning cabochon student but is also for those that would like to refresh their basic skills. You will learn how to choose the material to work with and how best to orient your design to choose the material to work with and how best to orient your design to maximize the beauty of your cabochon. This class will be fun and educational. Beginning with calibrated cabochon designs, the student will learn the techniques to shape, grind, and polish your designs into works of art. After mastering basic skills, you will have the opportunity to work with freeform cabochons as well. There will be plenty of time for individual instruction as well as group discussion. Lab fee includes material for the first two stones, written instructions, and other materials needed for class. Additional slabs will be available to purchase from the instructor or you can bring your own (no un-slabbed rough). For maximum enjoyment, bring an Optivisor or other magnifier.

Lab Fee: $25.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$25
Prerequisites: None

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Cabochon II - John Wild
This class is for the experienced cabber who wants to expand their skills beyond basic calibrated shapes. Free up your imagination and bring your creativity! We will use classroom equipment, as well as special wheels to create hearts, crosses, and other unique shapes. For maximum enjoyment, the student should be actively making cabs and be proficient with basic calibrated shapes. You may bring your own slabs or purchase them from the instructor’s collection since we do not have access to a slab saw. Non-handheld magnification, such as an Optivisor or clip-ons is highly recommended. The class fee covers tutorials, the material for your first cabochon, and all the fun you can stand!

Lab Fee: $30.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$50
Prerequisites: Cabochons I

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