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As some of you know, I have wanted to stop managing H-M for some time.
It's a tremendous strain on my personal life. I want to set up my own shop.
In September, September 15, to be exact, it will be 8 years that Hobby-Machinist has been in existence.
I have been training VTCNC to run things here. Dabbler is going to learn too.
I feel that they are ready to start taking over the operation.
I will be here to help in case they need, but I don't think they will.
Tony Wells is and will be here also to consult with.
I will be doing backups, upgrades, and installing addons.
Other than that, I will not be around.
I am leaving this place in good operating condition, and financial condition.
I would love to go to one. The nearest one is in Houston (I believe)in February. Unfortunately, while I could probably miss a few classes at school, I have familial responsibilities that preclude being away overnight. I would love to attend a 3 or 5 day class closer to Little Rock.
A group of us have a Richard King scraping class set up for the end of March, 2018 here in the Sacramento/SF bay area. Right now it is fully booked, though Richard and his son Alex do maintain a waiting list in case someone drops out. If enough people show interest, an additional class may also be a possibility.
Richard comes across much better on the video than when he writes on forums. Actually fairly personable. That said...I think that is probably true with many of us. Writing on forums leaves a lot to be desired...Kind of like trying to get a message across in 140 characters. Just not that likely to work out well.
Anyway, I totally agree that getting that hands on experience of rebuilding numerous machines is priceless experience.
Keith Rucker wrote and he is going to have another class in January of 2019. Also it sounds as if I'll be teaching back in Germany in October & November 2018. Sponsored again by BIAX Germany. If anyone would like to host a class, lets talk. Hosts are free I bring pretty much all we need. Ask me in a separate thread if your interested. You need to have a 24 x 36" minimum surface plate plus a bathroom. That doesn't plug up..lol. The first class we had at Keith Ruckers Abomb plugged up his shop bathroom. The 2nd class we got a porta Potty...lol