June / July 2005 Edition
“It has been a great father-son
experience for me.”
Loomans is just 12 years old, and will turn 13 on August 12th.
I learned about Will several months ago.
It was after Will had been in faceting classes for while--and his Dad,
John, and others in the class, watching Will’s progress, realized that he is a
faceting “natural”. John Loomans
did the right thing—he got Will a new Ultra Tec—so he could work at home and
not just at school.
really is his son’s machine—and John gets to use it once in a while—“…
when I can get the machine away from him”.
You all know my theory about people with the “faceting gene”—well,
Will has it—and how about Dad John? (There
must be something about this inheritance idea).
letter to me from John Loomans…
and I both are going to faceting class, taught by Mr. Tyler Miller, at the Mt.
Clemens Gem and Lapidary Society. Evelyn
Valliere, a person I work with, found this class last June and she raved about
Mr. Miller. We went to the next class and were given a dopped stone and using
school machines, we began our faceting.
gone to almost every Monday night class that we could, depending on Will's
school schedule. If he had a
test coming up, or lots of homework, we wouldn’t go—that is, unless Will
could get it done in the two hour car ride to and from the class.
Every Monday, my wife would bring Will to my work, or he would come with
me. We’d leave from there, one of
our rituals being a stop at a McDonalds, about a mile from the class.
besides faceting, Will really has the Loomans gift of gab.
What a salesman. Kids his age would come by and he would stop faceting,
show them some of his rough, the stone he was working on, and finished stones he
had cut. Will really enjoyed being a
teacher. Many older people came up
to me and told me how proud they were of me, that I must be doing something
right, especially when I told them how old he was.
facet too—when I can—that is, when I can get the machine away from Will.
A few months ago, I completed a beautiful green 10 carat Cushion Cut YAG
that I had made into a gold pendant for my wife, for her birthday.
It was made from an original piece of rough that Will and I divided into
two pieces. Will faceted the second
piece to give to his mother for Mothers Day, ( a minor miracle getting the stone
away from him). He completed it in
time for her Mother’s Day ring.
It all has
been a great father-son experience for me.
So long for now...
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