Brian is a retired configuration management associate and a lifelong rock hound with a degree in geology. He initially learned to cut stones as a teenager through a local gem and mineral club. Once settled into a career (non geology) he was able to buy some equipment and expand and hone his gem cutting skills. As a hobby, he occasionally custom cuts or repairs damaged faceted and cabochon gemstones for private jewelers. With 40 plus years of cutting experience Brian is happy to share his knowledge with new cutters and minimize the learning curve for this aspect of the lapidary arts.