What is the difference between an apprentice and an intern?
An apprentice is someone who is trained from the beginning with no trade skills. An intern is someone who comes with a skill set you embellish.
Patricia Ballesteros (Apprentice and Violinist)
Patrica started apprenticing in 1991 and stayed on until 2004. She was a very dedicated student and has gone onto being a very skilled craftsman. Patrica has two sons who are attending college in Mexico. She decided it was time to continue supporting them near the school they are attending. Currently Patrica owns her own shop in Morelia, Michoacan-Mexico. Business is flourishing.
Bob Tau (Intern and Instrument Maker)
Bob came to me as a skilled builder of violins and guitars. He did not have experience in repairs but he was a quick study and adapted well. He is now working in Han Weissar's shop in Los Angeles, Ca.
Katherine Dudney (Apprentice and Cellist)
Katherine was with me for 5 years. She has an appitude for the trade and has become very sound in her procedures. She took well to all types of training-setups, rehairs and repairs. Her hand eye coordination is excellent. She has become very skillful and recently accepted a a position in the repair department of Burlington Violins in Vermont. They are fortunate to have her on staff. With her training and skill sets, Burlington Violins are now on their way to becoming a first class repair facility.
P.S. I cannot tell you how much I have come to love these people. They have enriched me and stay close to my heart.