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Having spent the better part of the last 25 years teaching in one format or another, I find myself eagerly anticipating a return to fulltime personal creative pursuits. Yet, one of the greatest benefits of teaching has been the personal growth required to meet the common questions, "Hey Mr. "D" how do I that?" Answering those inquiries has often required personal study, both to gain experience myself and, to develop techniques to meet the maturity level, experience level, and or physical limits of the student. In short, through teaching, I have grown much as an artist, as a craftsman, and as a mentor. I recommend it to those stuck in a creative rut. Students, not knowing the difficulty they face, bring fresh perspective to the studio and push you to be a better yourself. Growth through sharing creates an upward synergy spiral. When students spin off on their own path others weave in.