Memento broke my heart. Such a sad story.
yes we did have to take a class, 3-d sculpting. On the first day they brought us around telling us how one person lost a finger on this machine and lost a hand on that etc etc. It was a little too effective of a cautionary tale for me, now I have a terrible fear of power tools.
I found a way for every project to do it by hand even if it took me 5 times longer. I never wanted to go into the wood shop again after those stories!
I'll see anything with him in it ;)