Thursday, September 17, 2009

NBTSG Part 2

Yesterday I posted about the general goings on at the NBTSG. Today I want to show you some of what took place during the certification process. I was very impressed with the consistency of the damage that was done to the shears and clipper blades for the test. It was very comparable to all the different challenges you'd find in the field, just maybe not all on the same shear. :)

For those that participated in the certification, I'd like to give you a hat tip. I knew by what I saw that the test was not easy, and I could tell you were going to learn A LOT! All of the participants said that it was well worth the time and expense, and that they'd do it again. Here is an general overview of what went on:

I'd also like to say, that I learned a lot from this test as well. I was fortunate enough to be involved with the judging of these shears and clipper blades, so I got to see first hand where many of those that took the test were lacking. I will be addressing some of what I discovered in On The Edge in future issues.

The next video will show some of the judging process, but it will be a week or so before I post that because I'm headed out of town. Until then, please enjoy this video. We'll see ya!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The NBTSG Part 1

I few days ago I returned from the 2009 National Beauty Tool Sharpeners Guild in Saint Louis, MO. I had a blast getting to see all of my friends and fellow sharpeners in one place to celebrate the art of sharpening.

The NBTSG was a success! There was a good turn out, plenty of vendors, and a spirit of camaraderie as we spent 3 days learning, networking, and for a brave few; testing.

This is the first in a series of videos I will be putting together about this show. It will hopefully provide a taste of what the NBTSG was like. Take a look:

The next video will show some of what happened during the certification process. Keep an eye out.