Lapidary Refresher

Course Description

About this course

Ready to dive back into lapidary work after some time away? Looking to refine your basic lapidary skills before cutting into that beautiful rough slab you just bought? Want to take off your lapidary training wheels and move full speed into more advanced stone cutting techniques? This one-day workshop is designed for those who have taken classes or workshops in lapidary but are looking for a little refresher before diving into a big project! Students will have the opportunity to pick David's brain about specific projects they are looking to complete, while also receiving a general overview on basic equipment and tools necessary for lapidary work. This environment is perfect for participants looking to take their stone cutting skills to the next level before taking more advanced lapidary courses. There will be slabs available for student use, but students are invited to bring any rough or broken stones that they would like to work with. 

Meet the Instructor

David Baird

David Baird has been making jewelry for nearly four decades. He received his bachelor's degree at the Evergreen State College, and his MFA from The School of the American Craftsman at Rochester Institute of Technology. He also has a GG (Graduate Gemology certificate) from the GIA.

David sells his work nationally and has taught classes and workshops for at least 30 years around New England including Metalwerx, DeCordova Museum School, and Lexington Arts and Crafts Center. More recently he has been developing specialized jigs to make bench processes easier for his students. The Directed Open Studio courses at Metalwerx are led by David because of his vast knowledge about the many facets of metalworking.

Over the past 15 years, David has expanded his repertoire to include lapidary cabbing and carving. He now devotes his time between two studios, both lapidary and jewelry, taking on commissions by request. His studio is located at the Waltham Mill Buildings, near Metalwerx where still he teaches regularly.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $10 lab fee that covers use of equipment and tools necessary to complete exercise and projects.

Students should bring 

There will be scraps and rough pieces available for student use, but students are invited to bring any rough or broken stones that they would like to work with. 



Materials Cost



David Baird


June 20, 2017


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

Basic and above
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