The NBTSG is now a domestic nonprofit corporation. The incorporation paperwork has been filed with the State of Alabama. The guild selected our first full board of directors during the convention and we are looking for members who would like to participate as committee members to help manage and operate the guild. If you are interested please contact the appropriate committee chair or any corporate officer. Here is a link to a presentation that outlines our structure: NBTSG Organization Chart.
We are busy planning the convention for 2014 and will post the dates and location as soon as they are known. The 2014 convention will be a very important event for the guild. Four of the board of director positions will be up for selection and we will hold our first membership election for guild president and vice-president. These are exciting times! Please join us and help shape the future of the guild.
Master Shear Sharpener Certification Results
Journeyman Shear Sharpener Certification Results
Master Blade Sharpener Certification Results
Comments: There were eight different shear sharpening systems used by the sharpeners who attempted shear certification. There were (in alphabetical order) Belt Sanders, Ez-Vex, Hamaguri, Hira-To, Kuda, Ookami Gold, Proprietary Japanese Flat-hone, and Scimech sharpening systems represented. Both Ian Parsons and Lou Gene distinguished themselves by achieving Master in both shears and blades which qualifies them as Grand Master Sharpeners. Sherry Fee was the first woman to achieve Master Blade Sharpener status. Dawn Hockett was the second woman to certify as an NBTSG Master Shear Sharpener. Dawn Hockett and Sherry Fee are the first sisters to both achieve Master Sharpener.