Group Photo of Students (from Left to Right): Clark Hulce, Linda Causey, Kitty Williams, Kelli Byron, Bobbi Adams, Ron Boat,and in front–Butch Young with new microwave gift from students.

Meet the Nozzle Jockeys

Whether or not you realize it, June 17, 2001, was an historic day, and will probably become a national holiday. The huge event was my first official graduating class, where my little "Butchlings" became official "NOZZLE JOCKEYS." This is not something that is easily achieved. This scruffy bunch were actually two different groups of students, who as units, went through all five classes, including extensive out of class blasting hours, and much punishment with a plastic ruler. It took a lot of fortitude on their part; not to mention the agonies they put me through.

So, anyway, since they all worked so hard, I decided to reward them with a huge graduation bash, complete with mortar boards with nozzle tassels, fabulously stylish Sandwitch T-shirts, diplomas, pomp and circumstance with impromptu guitar accompaniment, and incredibly plentiful food and drink. It was a wonderful day, marred only by the fact that three of our graduates were unable to attend.

One of my oldest (actually, I should say longest term students) came from Canada for five private days and to give the class speech. He kept telling me that he was finding it impossible to find something nice to say about me, so I was worried. Fortunately, he got lost and was so late, and everyone was so mellow, I didn't even care what he said. I shouldn't have been concerned though, it was a very touching and amusing speech, so I broke down and gave him a T-shirt and an honorary "NOZZLE JOCKEY" status.

So, all in all, it was a great day, and only one person fell into the fish pond. At the risk of being sentimental, I want to say how very proud I am of each and every one of them, and their individual creativity. They are all very talented and hardworking individuals and I was honored to teach them.

Very soon, we're going to run a little section telling about their progress and their first sales. Hint: Don't miss the segment on Clark. It's priceless. More later, and until then; Remember: GRIT HAPPENS.

Jodie Paulk and Butch Young modeling new Sandwitch T-shirts

My Classes

If you are an artist interested in translating your medium to glass, you will receive the guidance and techniques necessary to create your vision in glass.

Using glass as your canvas, an entirely new product evolves before your eyes. Even if you are not yet an artist, an appreciation of beautiful art is adequate to begin your journey in decorative sandblasting.

Questions? Call!

While we've attempted to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about classes, the needs of each person are different, so please do not hesitate to call at (805) 286-7575 if you want to know more, or have a specific question. The best time to call is weekdays, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Eastern Time. We never pick up the phone during Jeopardy, Dallas Cowboy football games, or Dexter, so check your listings!

Video Training
START LEARNING!

Coming soon, we'll be offering a handful of videos at the Sandwitch. Through video instruction, you'll learn new blasting techniques from the master herself. Each high-quality video course will guide you step by step, providing tips to hone your skills.

Classes

Purchase back-issues BLAST-PHEMY

Although Blast-Phemy Ezine is on an exteneded hiatus, you can still get the back-issues. I've faced many hurdles over the past year and it's forced me to put the zine on the back burner. For those who missed out, you can still buy the 2015 & 2016 back-issues, $30 for 12 issues.

Butch Young DVDs
Available here!

Do you need to brush-up on a blasting technique, or break a bad blasting habit? Or maybe you just want to learn an entirely new skill. If you can't afford the time, travel or expense of a hands-on lesson, be sure to check out the slew of instructional DVDs at the Sandwitch Shop.

DVDs