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zeeglen   11/25/2015 9:44:25 AM
Way back when, one of my first college instructors gave us each a square board, about 4" x 4", with nails around the perimeters and spools of bare tinned copper wire.  The project was to make an array of crossed wires and solder every junction.  He was an older gent compared to the other instructors, and was the only one that made sure our first lesson was how to solder.

During a stint at a Heathkit retail store (RIP) I saw some of the worst soldering you could ever imagine.  The very worst solderers were TV repairmen (not repairpersons, back then anyway), the 2nd worst were some ham radio operators.  Most others read the instructions and did a reasonably good job.

I also remember working with some engineers who did not come from the DIY crowd.  One in particular wielded a soldering iron like it was a butcher knife, with similar results.  We eventually forbade him to touch any more of our prototype boards.  It was interesting that the older engineers could solder, the younger ones could not.

Looking at the link to Artisan's Asylum they have a good idea, unfortunate that the training is limited to those over 18 years.  Must be some sort of legal reason.

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