Mirror Making Class:
Fall 2003-Spring 2004
After making a bunch of mirrors for myself, I decided to teach a mirror
making class. Ten people signed up and I ordered all the supplies
in a big batch. Sizes ranged from 6" F/8 to 10" F/6. Over
the following months, the students ground and polished. Most got
too busy with their
college classes and stopped coming. But, everyone learned a lot,
and three have finished.
Alejandro Montiel and Michael Avara finished their 6" F/8 mirrors
during the classes, and Michael has built a telescope from it.
As of February 12th, 2006, John Stone has finished his 8" F/6 mirror,
and it is smooth and very accurate.
I suspect Ratnam's mirror will languish in a closet until he
Here are links to pictures
from many of the sessions:
I'd like to teach another class in the future, but for now I will stick
with having informal group meetings of local friends at my house every