I know it's been a while... but preparations for Guild School 2010 started in early spring and other stuff kept me from posting. Still my computer is not coping with Blogger but hey... it's a start. Out of the more then 350 pictures I took, I have made a selection to give you all an impression of the most fantastic experience for a long long time.....
(know you can enlarge the pics by clicking on them)
What a start.... I had never flown before so I felt like a kid in a rollarcoaster...so coooool!
Cape Cod, we were getting close....
...to the Academie where all was about to happen.
"Fabulous mix of eclectic food and people inside"
The lovely view from the dormer room....
onto the tranquil little seaside town of Castine.
What a gorgeous little place to be
and a magnificent setting for what was about to commence
Guild School 2010
As I came in early I had time to stroll the village. I was warned to do so, cos the program gave us all little time for leisure. And it sure did.... Breakfast, class, lunch, class, diner, and then a big sigh to take it all in hahaha. And then off to evening seminars etc... When I looked trough my pics, there are hardly any of the classes that I did... I was so concentrated that I forgot to make pictures.... ooh stupid me.... But nothing was wasted. Every second left was filled with funny and/or interesting conversations with other students and teachers, or intense analysis of the magnificent miniatures that were around. Surrounded by the best of the best.... Take a look at these;
I took two classes; one given by Bill Robertson and one by Alan Hamer. Bill showed us how to do dovetails in this scale. He made it look so easy, but believe me... I gotto practice, practice and practice. And then practice even more. On the side line he helped us out to make our own planes... which I think is extremely valuable for the future. What a bonus! Bill has so much knowledge and skills... All the little tricks of the trade that he showed us... amazing how little I actually know and can do... ooh well, just started. If I am able too I'll surely try to follow future classes by him.
Overview of the spacious classroom
And the result of Bill's class; a basic chest with dovetailed joints.
My other class was forching with Alan Hamer. I feel very fortunate to have been there, as it was his last class ever at Castine. He was about to retire but will continue with teaching in his hometown in Oregon. The first few days he showed us the technique and then he lett us all loose..... :) In contrast to the delicate aproch needed towards wood, we hamerd away and set fire to the metal. It was so much fun. And it is such a forgiving material... if it's bend... just bend it back :-) Now how that for a beginner like me! I Love it!!
Great atmosphere, great class mates, and stunning results, with everybody!!
The starting point was a sign hanger, but some adjusted the design to their likings, made a basket for woodblocks or even an extra pendant with their own initials.
It's over, it's done and it's been a steep steep learning curve. And I've met the most amazing people there. From the first minute up untill the very last moment. Friendly, joyful, willing to share there knowledge and most of all, the fact that we all love miniatures! It’s only now that I truly understand why people return there year after year… If I can I'll do so as well, but I gotto save up for it. Save up really hard for it... That's why I want to thank the Scholarship Comity again for picking me... and thus giving me the opportunity to experience IGMA's Guild School 2010. I find it hard to express in words how much this has meant to me, and still does. So, to all, a big, big
p.s.. Bill, thx for the coffee you had on offer! I doubt if I could have functioned without it :-))