I'm so glad to hear that you are ensuring you impart your knowledge to others, hopefully to another generation. Succession of this craft is vital, you're already regrettably an endangered species. Here in the UK despite the renewed interest in bench made shoes, there is little thought going into the future of this magnificent craft.
Not to be discouraged. Carreducker teaches. Two, three times a year. Lobbs takes on apprentices. And I know of several other makers (names escape me this AM) who take on serious "seekers," if only on a limited, infrequent basis. Bengal Stripe may have a whole list.
I only teach one-on-one but others (like Carreducker) take on larger classes. Even limiting it to one-on-one, I could have students in the shop every day of the year. But it gets tiring. and I like to fish. And as I get older I get a little bit more selective about who and when.
Teaching students is remarkably gratifying...when the student has an open mind and is willing to learn. When that's not the case, it's like here--it makes you throw-up a little in your mouth and want to wash your hands of it all and do something else. Spey rods, magnificent scenery--canyons and mountains, cold dangerous rivers--and large salmonids are far more appealing
I learned a long time ago...through the generosity and patience of multiple teachers...that it's always a gift. And that nothing a serious student can do (or pay) will ever repay that blessing...except, perhaps, "paying it forward."
I listen to celtic radio a lot and I've had an earworm off and on for the last week--
"If you're bent wi' arthiritis,
Your bowels have got Colitis,
You've gallopin' bollockitis
And you're thinkin' it's time you died,
If you been a man o' action,
Though you're lying there in traction,
You will get some satisfaction
Thinkin', "Jesus, at least I tried."
Edited by DWFII - 2/5/14 at 8:03am