Gatlinburg is certainly not my thing, but my class at Arrowmont was truly exceptional. Jovencio de la Paz is a phenomenal educator, and he created a fantastic class environment that we all really appreciated throughout our time there. I was able to learn so much about spinning and hone my skills in a way that isn't possible without an outstanding class in an immersive environment like this.
At the end of the week, it was hard to say goodbye to Protest Wheel. We were all able to try a variety of wheels, and interestingly enough, each student had very specific and different preferences. My absolute favorite was the ridiculously painted Protest Wheel, which was an Ashford Traditional built in the 1960's. I knew I didn't want to go very long without spinning, so I started searching the internet for the right new-to-me wheel. I lucked upon a very affordable, new-in-the-box 1981 Ashford Traditional that has presumably been hiding in someone's grandparent's storage for the past few decades. Hopefully it will be just like my beloved Protest Wheel, minus the paint.