Cabs I

(Waiting List Only)




This is a fun filled week of working with stones to create beautiful cabochons. If you have never touched a stone to a wheel before, DO NOT WORRY. You will cut and polish cabochons. This is a course where we do not worry about how many stones you have produced at the end of the week but the quality. You will be provided a slab from which to produce your first stone from which you will produce a calibrated shape. From there you will progress into freeform and special shapes. In my class we take the polish all the way up to 100,000 for exceptional cabochons. You will learn the importance of a clean machine. Most of all, count on having a memorable week and bonding with fellow students. Bring your own Opti Visor or you can borrow one from the school, I will have a wide variety of slabs for sale, or you may bring your own. You will learn some things about rock lore and the history of some of the stones we work with. If you have cut cabochons before, perhaps you will now be able to take your stones to a higher level as I have had many students return many times.


Class Fee includes: Beginner slabs to make your first cabochons, Diamond sprays and pads to take your stones to 100,000 Polish, Iron out to clean crystals & druzy

Lab Fee:  $50

Estimated Materials Cost:  $0-$25

Consumable Fee:  $15

Prerequisites:  None




Jack lives in Cornelius NC. Since the age of twelve, Jack has been a rockhound, spending every available weekend climbing the hills around Spruce Pine and Franklin, NC. His dad made his first tumbler out of a 55-gallon steel drum. His first gem-cutting machine was a B&I Gem Maker from Sears. Jack has attended classes at Wildacres and William Holland, as well as having been a private student of Sarah Lee Boyce for years. Although his primary passion is cutting picture jaspers, stones with inclusions and druzy stones, he loves cutting any material into cabochons. He prefers to cut freeform stones that his wife, Katy, wire wraps. Jack started teaching for William Holland in 2008.