To say this was an adventure is an understatement. I cannot remember ever having so much fun and learning so much.
Mary and her husband Stephen were quite gracious and entertaining. Then enter David May and his wife Barbara, Mary’s mother and father in law, David is a metal engraver among many other things, but he definitely missed his calling being a comedian. I have never laughed so much but yet learned so much. I just can’t express the amount of talent that exist in this family.
Mary is absolutely amazing in her carving ability and in her ability to teach. One of the things I walked away with was a better understanding of the video teaching thing. I have all of Mary’s DVDs as well I subscribe to her show, which can be found athttp://www.marymaycarving.com/ , even if you’ve never carved or ever had the desire to carve you need to check this out, it’s just fabulous, and at $10 a month you can’t go wrong .
I have often had folks tell me that the videos and so forth really help and they learned a lot but that seeing it in person made a huge difference. I fully understand that now. I can now go back and watch Mary show or DVDs and they are perfectly clear. It really does make a huge difference. That has now prompted me to think more on classes and so forth .
I can’t say for sure but I also think Mary had a good time , there were seven of us, the largest class she’s ever had in her shop, but I can assure you it was a blast . She has mentioned perhaps another ” group” class, sounds good to me , I would go back in a heartbeat , and we have discussed collaborating on some projects so who knows what the future holds .
In case you don’t know I’m quite fond of seafood , especially oysters on the half shell . So we find this little place called “West Ashley Crab Shack” , and this is definitely oyster season . So we go over and check it out , and sure enough they got oysters .To make a long story short, we ate a few oysters, as in , we went back every night .Did I mention they have crabs and all sorts of seafood, by the way if you go there and you like shrimp try the Beauford Stew, you won’t be disappointed, also they have one of the best ” Shrimp and Grits” I have ever had , a southern delicacy that you will enjoy even if you don’t like grits , which I can’t imagine anyone not liking grits .
On the way down we stopped in Murrells Inlet to see Marty Miller and Al Gunther, and their wives, and stayed the night were treated to a fine Italian dinner , and breakfast .
Al and Marty had both been down to a one day class with Mary , so Wednesday afternoon they rode down and visited, then of course we had to go to the Crab Shack for dinner.
So it was me, Carl Letts, Bill Wayland ( a.k.a.Geezer ) , Norm Reid, Jim Pell and Jeff Fleisher, and John Peckham , so it was a great group of guys and good friends as well . I just don’t think it could have gotten any better . The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful .
I will say this again check out Mary’s website and see where she’s going to be teaching or drop her an email and scheduled a class . I know she will be traveling to many different places teaching , in any case don’t miss out.
We are still gathering photos so perhaps in the next few days will get some up and I know some of the guys have blogs as well so hopefully they will post photos and put links in the comments. Unfortunately I have to sort through my photos , as many are self-incriminating (: .
That’s about it for now, all I can say is again if you get a chance get to one of Mary’s classes you won’t be disappointed.
Catch y’all later,